Animated.timing

Animated timing allows for us to define an animation that takes a certain amount of time. It's most commonly used if you need to animate to a specific value over a set amount of time.

For Example:

this._animatedValue = new Animated.Value(0);

Animated.timing(this._animatedValue, {
	toValue: 100,
	duration: 500
}).start()

This will animate our _animatedValue from 0 to 100 over the course of 500 milliseconds.

The Animated.timing config also takes 2 additional parameters, easing, and delay. The delay is most self explanatory, it will wait a number of milliseconds before triggering the animation:

this._animatedValue = new Animated.Value(0);

Animated.timing(this._animatedValue, {
	toValue: 100,
	delay: 300,
	duration: 500
}).start()

This animation will wait 300 milliseconds before triggering and then take 500 milliseconds to animate from 0 to 100. The total time of animation will be 800 milliseconds.

Live Code https://rnplay.org/apps/BH9T8Q

Simple Timing Move

The easing parameter defaults to easeInOut, which isn't actually an option but is created like so: var easeInOut = Easing.inOut(Easing.ease);.

To get access to a bunch of pre-defined easing functions, you can require the Easing module from React:

import { Easing } from "react-native";

You can look at some of the provided easings here: https://github.com/facebook/react-native/blob/master/Libraries/Animated/src/Easing.js.

Some of these are functions that take functions that return functions, like the easeInOut above:

import { Easing } from "react-native";

this._animatedValue = new Animated.Value(0);

Animated.timing(this._animatedValue, {
	toValue: 100,
	easing: Easing.linear,
	duration: 500
}).start()

Animated.timing(this._animatedValue, {
	toValue: 100,
	easing: Easing.elastic(2), // Springy
	duration: 500
}).start()

Animated.timing(this._animatedValue, {
	toValue: 100,
	easing: Easing.bounce, // Like a ball
	duration: 500
}).start()

Additionally, if you do not like one of the provided easings, you can write your own as it is a function that is provided a number, and that returns a new number.

Many more examples can be found here in the AnimatedExample of the UIExplorer https://github.com/facebook/react-native/blob/master/Examples/UIExplorer/AnimatedExample.js.