gganimate package allows to build animated chart using the
ggplot2 syntax directly from R. This post describes how to make an animation revealing a line chart progressively.
Before trying to build an animated plot with
gganimate, make sure you understood how to build a line chart with R and
The idea is to add an additional aesthetics called
transition_..() that provides a frame variable. For each value of the variable, a step on the chart will be drawn. Here,
transition_reveal() is used to reveal each new time frame progressively.
Note that the
gganimate automatically performs a transition between state.
# libraries: library(ggplot2) library(gganimate) library(babynames) library(hrbrthemes) # Keep only 3 names don <- babynames %>% filter(name %in% c("Ashley", "Patricia", "Helen")) %>% filter(sex=="F") # Plot don %>% ggplot( aes(x=year, y=n, group=name, color=name)) + geom_line() + geom_point() + scale_color_viridis(discrete = TRUE) + ggtitle("Popularity of American names in the previous 30 years") + theme_ipsum() + ylab("Number of babies born") + transition_reveal(year) # Save at gif: anim_save("287-smooth-animation-with-tweenr.gif")