Rive Guide

Web (JS)

JS/WASM runtime for Rive


This guide documents how to get started using the Web runtime library. Rive runtime libraries are open-source. The source is available in its GitHub repository. This library has both a high-level JavaScript API (with TypeScript support), as well as a low-level API to load in Web Assembly (WASM) and control the rendering loop yourself. This runtime is great for the following:
  • Quickly integrating Rive into all kinds of web applications (i.e Webflow, Wordpress, etc.)
  • Providing a base API to build other web-based Rive runtime wrappers (i.e React, Angular, etc.)
  • Advanced use cases in controlling a render loop

Getting Started

Follow the steps below for a quick start on integrating Rive into your web app.

1. Install the dependency

Add the following script tag to a web page; we recommend sticking to one version, such as seen below:
<script src="https://unpkg.com/@rive-app/[email protected]"></script>
Find the versions of the runtimes in the "Versions" tab here: https://www.npmjs.com/package/@rive-app/canvas
Alternatively, you can import our recommended web runtime package via npm/yarn in your project:
npm install @rive-app/canvas
// example.js
import rive from "@rive-app/canvas";
If you need more details and options for a web runtime, check out the installation section in the README docs.

2. Create a canvas

Create a canvas element where you want the Rive file to display in your HTML:
<canvas id="canvas" width="500" height="500"></canvas>

3. Create a Rive instance

Create a new instance of a Rive object, providing the following properties:
  • src - A string of the URL where the .riv file is hosted (like in the example below), or the path to a local .riv file
  • canvas - The canvas element on which you want the animation to render
  • autoplay - Boolean for whether you want the default animation to play
new rive.Rive({
src: "https://cdn.rive.app/animations/vehicles.riv",
// Or the path to a local Rive asset
// src: './example.riv',
canvas: document.getElementById("canvas"),
autoplay: true

Complete example

Putting this altogether, you can load an example Rive animation in one HTML file:
<title>Rive Hello World</title>
<canvas id="canvas" width="500" height="500"></canvas>
<script src="https://unpkg.com/@rive-app/[email protected]"></script>
new rive.Rive({
src: "https://cdn.rive.app/animations/vehicles.riv",
canvas: document.getElementById("canvas"),
autoplay: true
Try it out on your own: Check out this CodeSandbox for a small setup to test your own Rive files!

Loading in Rive files

You can choose to load Rive files in the following ways:
  • Hosted URL - The string of the URL where the .riv file is hosted. Set this to the src attribute when instantiating a Rive object
  • Static assets in the bundle - String of a path to the public/static assets in your web project. Treat .riv files in the project just as you would any other asset in your bundle, such as images or font files
  • Fetching a file - Instead of using the src attribute, use the buffer attribute to load in an ArrayBuffer when fetching a file. See an example here

4. Clean up Rive

When creating a Rive instance, you need to ensure that it gets cleaned up. This should happen in scenarios where you no longer want to show the Rive canvas, for example, where:
  • The user navigates off the page showing Rive animations
  • The animation or state machine has completed and will no longer ever be run/shown
Behind the scenes, lower-level CPP objects are created and must be deleted (i.e artboard instances, animation instances, state machine instances, etc.) manually. This helps prevent unwanted memory leaks and keeps your web application lean on resources. Luckily, with this high-level JS API, there is no need to track and manage what was created for deletion, as there is one method call you can make to effectively clean up all the instances created.
When you're ready to clean up Rive, simply call the following API on the Rive instance you created:
const riveInstance = new Rive({...));
// When ready to cleanup