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Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

The getAnimations() method of the Element interface (specified on the Animatable mixin) returns an array of all Animation objects affecting this element or which are scheduled to do so in future. It can optionally return Animation objects for descendant elements too.

Note: This array includes CSS Animations, CSS Transitions, and Web Animations.


const animations = Element.getAnimations(options);


options Optional
An options object containing the following property:
A boolean value which, if true, causes animations that target descendants of Element to be returned as well. This includes animations that target any CSS pseudo-elements attached to Element or one of its descendents. Defaults to false.

Return value

An Array of Animation objects, each representing an animation currently targetting the Element on which this method is called, or one of its descendant elements if { subtree: true } is specified.


The following code snippet will wait for all animations on elem and its descendants to finish before removing the element from the document.

  elem.getAnimations({ subtree: true })
    .map(animation => animation.finished)
).then(() => elem.remove());


Specification Status Comment
Web Animations
The definition of 'Animatable.getAnimations()' in that specification.
Working Draft Editor's draft.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
Chrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox No support NoIE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoFirefox Android No support NoOpera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support No


No support  
No support
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.
Experimental. Expect behavior to change in the future.

See also