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Page Switch

A slider animation library supporting

  1. Drag, pointer, touch, mouse, and scroll events
  2. More than 50 built-in animations and visual variations
  3. Any frontend framework and/or vanilla JS


npm i @figliolia/page-switch
# or
yarn add @figliolia/page-switch

Basic Usage

To create your slider, grab a reference to your container element or its ID and pass it to the PageSwitch constructor with the options you want to use:

import { PageSwitch } from "@figliolia/page-switch";

const Switcher = new PageSwitch("<container element or ID>", {
  duration: 750, // animation duration when scrolling or swiping
  direction: 1, // Horizontal (0) or Vertical (1)
  transition: "slide", // Which animation to use
  start: 0, // Which index to display first
  loop: true, // Whether your pages should loop or end when your last page is reached
  mousewheel: true, // Whether to enable mouse wheel scrolling
  mouse: true, // Whether to enable dragging with your mouse
  arrowKey: true, // Whether to enable animating using your directional keys
  autoplay: false // Whether to allow the slider to animate freely
  ease: "linear" // The name of a built-in easing function or an easing function of your own

Upon creating your instance, the PageSwitch class will take care of positioning your container and children elements so that they transition smoothly.


The PageSwitch interface also provides a handful of public methods for you to more easily control your slider programmatically:


The play method will trigger the auto-play feature and begin transition between your pages in order using the interval you passed as an option. This interval can be adjusted on the fly by simply assigning it a new value:

const PW = new PageSwitch(/* options */);


The pause method will stop the auto-play feature when in use. It can be resumed again be calling the play() method or by calling setInterval() with a new value


Moves the slider to the previous slide


Moves the slider to the next slide


This method will pause all activity to the slider - including events invoked by dragging and scrolling


This method can be used to clean up your PageSwitch instance

PageSwitch.append(element: HTMLElement, index?: number)

Appends new elements to your slider at the specified position. When omitting the index parameter, the new element will be placed in the last position

PageSwitch.prepend(element: HTMLElement)

Appends a new element to your slider in the zeroth position

PageSwitch.insertBefore(element: HTMLElement, index)

Places a new element before the specified index

PageSwitch.insertAfter(element: HTMLElement, index)

Places a new element after the specified index

PageSwitch.remove(index: number)

Removes the child at the specified index

PageSwitch.setInterval(milliseconds: number)

Sets the amount of time the slider should remain on any given page when using the auto-play feature. When setting the interval, the auto-play will begin running if not already. If you'd like to set the interval without beginning the auto play feature, you can assign the interval a new value using PageSwitch.interval = <your value>

PageSwitch.setEasing(easing: EasingString | EasingFN);

Updates the easing function used to transition between slides. Valid built-in easing functions are:

  1. "linear"
  2. "ease"
  3. "ease-in"
  4. "ease-out"
  5. "ease-in-out"
  6. "bounce"

To add your own custom easing functions, pass in any valid bezier easing function: (t: number, b: number, c: number, d: number) => number

PageSwitch.setTransition(transition: Transition | TransitionFN)

This method will allow you to swap animations on the fly for any reason - like if the browser resizes or a user prefers reduced motion. You may also pass in a transition function of your own if you wish to customize your PageSwitch visuals. Transition functions work in accordance with the following syntax:

const myTransitionFN = (
  currentPage: HTMLElement, // the currently visible page element
  currentPosition: number, // the transition progress of the current element
  nextPage?: HTMLElement, // the next element - either ahead or behind the current depending on the user's gesturing
  nextPosition?: number // the transition progress of the next element
) => {
  // Operations on your DOM elements
  // To transition opacity, one might do the following:
  currentPage.style.opacity = `${1 - Math.abs(currentPosition)}`;
  if (nextPage) {
    nextPage.style.opacity = `${Math.abs(currentPosition)}`;

In the above example, you may have noticed the reference check on the nextPage element. For most sliders, which loop back to the first element when reaching the end, the nextPage and nextPosition parameters will never be undefined. However, if the user chooses to not set the loop option to true, transitioning beyond the last element is disabled and these parameters will be undefined in these cases.


Your PageSwitch instance will emit the following events allowing you to coordinate customized visual logic with PageSwitch's internals:


An event fired the moment before a page transitions to the following page

const PW = new PageSwitch(/* options */);

PW.on("before", (currentIndex: number, nextIndex: number) => {
  // Execute your logic!


An event fired immediately after a page transitions to the following page

const PW = new PageSwitch(/* options */);

PW.on("after", (currentIndex: number, previousIndex: number) => {
  // Execute your logic!


An event fired on each frame containing each transition function parameter

const PW = new PageSwitch(/* options */);

PW.on("update", (
  currentPage: HTMLElement, 
  currentPosition: number,
  nextPage?: HTMLElement,
  nextPosition?: number
) => {
  // Create cool parallax effects! 
  // Keep in mind, this event will fire at 60 FPS

Drag Start

An event fired at the beginning of each drag

const PW = new PageSwitch(/* options */);

PW.on("dragStart", (event: DragEvent) => {
  // Execute your logic

Drag Move

An event fired on each drag movement

const PW = new PageSwitch(/* options */);

PW.on("dragMove", (event: DragEvent) => {
  // Execute your logic

Drag End

An event fired on the end of each drag

const PW = new PageSwitch(/* options */);

PW.on("dragEnd", (event: DragEvent) => {
  // Execute your logic


I'm sure the moment most readers have been waiting for. Here's a really cool demo created by the original author @qiqiboy.

If you're wondering why I decided to rewrite the original library please read on.

The author who created this library did so over ten years ago - dealing with all of the nuanced browser incompatibilities. In spite of this, it's one of the best open-source slider animation libraries in existence. The library never relied on JQuery or any other framework that may bloat its size - or would make standardizing it across browsers easier. The original author really knew his stuff.

Over time, there began to be some browser compatibility issues as certain legacy API's began to be phased out. Because the original author has since moved on, and I used this library in a ton of client websites and apps back in the day, I felt the desire to fix the incoming issues as well as try to modernize it a bit for new projects.

I've used this library with Svelte, React, Vue - just about every modern framework and it continues to hold up nicely. If you wish to check out the original, it can be found here..

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