I have following code

Plot[myvariable x,{x,0,100}

How do I make the animation stop automatically when reaching a defined value?

NOTE: I tried to make it stop by evaluating myvariable in a If expression, but I get the error "An unrecognized option name ("AnimationRunning") was encountered while reading a AnimatorBox."

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    $\begingroup$ Given your example, you could just set AnimationRunning -> True, AnimationRepetitions -> 1 $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Jan 10, 2013 at 19:31
  • $\begingroup$ Post is an answer an I will mark as the answer, Thanx for answering so fast :D $\endgroup$
    – elhombre
    Jan 10, 2013 at 19:34

2 Answers 2


The condition in your case is to stop at the maximum value of the parameter. This can be achieved by setting the number of animation repetitions to 1 (i.e., no looping):

Animate[Plot[myvariable x, {x, 0, 100}], {myvariable, 0.1, 1}, 
 AnimationRunning -> True, 
 AnimationRepetitions -> 1

Mathematica is very flexible when it comes to these sorts of things. You can easily build your own little animation, and add as much complexity to the logic of termination by using Dynamic directly.

For example, this plots Cos[a x] and stops the animation when a>0.2.

Do[p = Plot[Cos[a x], {x, 0, 100}, Frame -> True, 
   FrameLabel -> {{None, None}, {x, 
      Style[Column[{"doing my own animation !", Cos[a x]}, 
        Alignment -> Center], 14]}}, GridLines -> Automatic];
 If[a > 0.2, Break[]]; (*condition to stop*)
 {a, 0.1, 1, .01}

Mathematica graphics

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    $\begingroup$ +1 for a method I really don't think I would have considered. $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Jan 11, 2013 at 1:11
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    $\begingroup$ +1 Because you did the work to allow a more general stopping condition than the question asked for. $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Jan 11, 2013 at 1:34

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