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QuickTip: Basic play / pause toggle button
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Note: This page was created for GSAP version 2. We have since released GSAP 3 with many improvements. While it is backward compatible with most GSAP 2 features, some parts may need to be updated to work properly. Please see the GSAP 3 release notes for details.

Learn how to make a simple play / pause toggle button to control any GSAP animation (tweens or timelines). Same concepts apply to toggling the reversed() state of an animation too.

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See the Pen Toggle Play Pause by GreenSock (@GreenSock) on CodePen.

Core code

tl.pause() // pauses the animation
tl.paused() // gets paused state, returns true or false
tl.paused(true) // sets paused state to true
tl.paused(!tl.paused()) // sets paused state to inverse of current paused state.

// reverse methods
tl.reverse() // reverses the animation
tl.reversed() // gets reversed state, returns true or false
tl.reversed(true) // sets reversed state to true
tl.reversed(!tl.reversed()) // sets reversed state to inverse of current reversed state.

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