7 Best Free and Open Source Animation Tools

Last Updated on May 23, 2022

Linux has matured into an excellent platform for artists, photographers, animators, and designers. With inexpensive hardware, free software, and a modicum of talent and inspiration, anyone can create professional-looking computer graphics.

There is a huge range of open source software available to create, modify and convert 2D and 3D computer graphics. In the field of 2D animation, Linux is endowed with a good range of open source software.

With the right tool and a large dollop of creative juices, you can create superb animations.

Captured in a legendary LinuxLinks chart, we make the following recommendations. Each program is free and open source.

Best Free and Open Source Animation Tools

Note the ratings reflect a program’s animation functionality only.

Let’s explore the 7 animation tools. For each program we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the program in action, together with links to relevant resources.

Animation Tools
SynfigCapable of producing feature-film quality animation
Pencil2DEasy, intuitive tool to make 2D hand-drawn animations
Blender3D creation suite with a huge variety of uses including animation
Tahoma2DFull-featured 2D and Stop Motion animation creation based on Toonz Studio
OpenToonzBased on Toonz Studio Ghibli Version
GlaxnimateSimple and fast vector graphics animation program
enveCreate vector animations, raster animations, with sound and video files
Best Free and Open Source SoftwareRead our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. Our curated compilation covers all categories of software.

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6 months ago

I don’t understand how you forgot to include Krita.