The MonoGame.Extended.Animations library contains classes useful for animating 2D sprite.


MonoGame.Extended.Animations is distributed via a NuGet package. You can add the NuGet package to your C# project through your IDE of choice (Visual Studio, Xamarin Studio, Rider, etc) or through the Command Line Interface (CLI) using the dotnet command.

dotnet add MonoGame.Extended.Animations

Setup SpriteFactory

In this example we use SpriteFactory for animating Sprites. we are going to build it ourselves from the source.

Step 1 clone the SpriteFactory repository

git clone

Step 2 Build and run

cd SpriteFactory

dotnet run --project SpriteFactory


Creating the Animation


The assets used in this example can be downloaded here

Before we can load an animation, we must first animate it in SpriteFactory. We are using the mowt.png from the assets

Step 1 Create new project in File -> New

Step 2 Open mowt.png in Texture

Step 3 Set Tile Size to 52 by 72 pixels

Step 4 Add your animations and configure your prefered Frame duration


Next we save our animation as mowt.sf


SpriteFactory animation does not have to be imported with the ContentPipeline But we de need to tell the compiler to copy mowt.sf to the output folder. In visual studio you can do that by clicking on mowt.sf in the Solution Explorer and setting Copy to Output Directorty to Copy if newer.


You can also set this in your project.csproj by adding the following

<None Update="Content\motw.sf">

motw.png can just be imported as Texture2D.

Loading the Animation

We start by defining our fields

private AnimatedSprite _motwSprite;
private Vector2 _motwPosition;

Next we load the content

To use new JsonContentLoader() you need to use the Content.Load extension

using MonoGame.Extended.Content;
protected override void LoadContent()
_spriteBatch = new SpriteBatch(GraphicsDevice);
var spriteSheet = Content.Load<SpriteSheet>("motw.sf", new JsonContentLoader());
var sprite = new AnimatedSprite(spriteSheet);
_motwPosition = new Vector2(100, 100);
_motwSprite = sprite;

Updating the Animation

We use the following code to update the Position and Animation of the Player.

protected override void Update(GameTime gameTime)
var deltaSeconds = (float)gameTime.ElapsedGameTime.TotalSeconds;
var walkSpeed = deltaSeconds * 128;
var keyboardState = Keyboard.GetState();
var animation = "idle";
if (keyboardState.IsKeyDown(Keys.W) || keyboardState.IsKeyDown(Keys.Up))
animation = "walkNorth";
_motwPosition.Y -= walkSpeed;
if (keyboardState.IsKeyDown(Keys.S) || keyboardState.IsKeyDown(Keys.Down))
animation = "walkSouth";
_motwPosition.Y += walkSpeed;
if (keyboardState.IsKeyDown(Keys.A) || keyboardState.IsKeyDown(Keys.Left))
animation = "walkWest";
_motwPosition.X -= walkSpeed;
if (keyboardState.IsKeyDown(Keys.D) || keyboardState.IsKeyDown(Keys.Right))
animation = "walkEast";
_motwPosition.X += walkSpeed;
if (keyboardState.IsKeyDown(Keys.R))
if (keyboardState.IsKeyDown(Keys.F))

Drawing the final result

protected override void Draw(GameTime gameTime)
_spriteBatch.Begin(samplerState: SamplerState.PointClamp);
_spriteBatch.Draw(_motwSprite, _motwPosition);