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Open Source Spine Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Spine is DragonBones. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Spine and four of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Spine are Synfig Studio, enve and AnimeEffects.

Spine alternatives are mainly Animation Makers but may also be Game Development Tools or Vector Graphic Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Spine.
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    DragonBones

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    12 alternatives to DragonBones 

    DragonBones has a skeletal animation design panel named "DragonBonesDesignPanel" and a 2D skeletal animation library based on ActionScript.

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Pack images into a texture atlas, which results in more efficient rendering in your games. Export DragonBones and Egret MovieClip data with JSON data format.
    DragonBones vs Spine opinions
    Almost everyone thinks DragonBones is a great alternative to Spine.
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    It has a pretty similar UI and feature set. It can also export projects as Spine files to be used in your games (unfortunately it exports Spine data only as .json files and not as binary .skel, but it's still pretty nice).

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    Synfig Studio

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    55 alternatives to Synfig Studio 

    Synfig is a free and open-source, industrial-strength, vector-based 2D animation app designed for producing feature-film animations. It eliminates the need to create animations frame by frame. It is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS.

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    1.  Automated TweeningSynfig Studio can automatically generate the inbetweens from two keyframes, to carry out a smooth transition.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in Synfig Studio, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    Synfig Studio vs Spine opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Synfig Studio is still a legitimate alternative to Spine, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    Synfig isn't bone-based 2D animation

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    you can't get it into games and it isn't a runtime

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    You can't make game animations in Synfig Studio, only animation clips and animation movies

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    enve

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    52 alternatives to enve 

    Enve is a free and open-source 2D animation app. It can create both vector and raster animations and even use sound and video files. It has been created with flexibility and expandability in mind.

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    1.  Support for Layersenve supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
    2.  Keyframe AnimationCompositions can be keyframed in enve, allowing you to change the parameters over time.
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    AnimeEffects

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    9 alternatives to AnimeEffects 

    AnimeEffects is a 2D keyframe animation tool based on deformation of polygon meshes. You can easily operate, quickly shape your idea, and remake at any time if you have changed your mind.

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    1.  Animation RiggingAnimeEffects supports bone structures to manipulate a 3D model like a puppet for animation.
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