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24 Best Progress Bar Designs and Free PSD Templates for Webs/Apps

Sep 21, 2018

A progress bar is generally used to visualize the progression of a web/app operation, such as file downloading/transferring/installing or page loading. Having a concrete measure of the operation offers a sense of control to the user. That’s why the progress bar is highly valued and utilized by UX/UI designers to enhance the user experience.

The question is, how can a UX/UI designer create a beautiful and useful progress bar by using simple colors, images, animations or other commonly-used elements? Is there any creative or fresh progress bar template you can refer to for ideas??

The answer is a resounding YES. Here are 24 best inspiring HTML5/CSS3/PSD/animated/Android/circular progress bar design examples and free PSD templates. They should give you some ideas on how to create an unconventional progress bar for the web or an app.

Fresh and Creative Progress Bar Examples

1. Loading Bar

Loading Bar


Rating: ★★★

Highlights: Animated progress bar, Smart use of colors to catch users’ attention

Color is one of the most important factors that designers rely on to catch users’ attention quickly. This animated loading progress bar design uses two colors and displays them dynamically for better visual appeal.

With the assistance of the animated numbers, this progress bar becomes more attractive to users and make it easier to keep them the web/app for a longer time.

What can you learn:

Wisely use colors to optimize your progress bar designs

Use single or multiple colors to optimize your progress bar designs. Using color gradients or dynamic colors can also be a great method to enhance the visual appeal of your progress bar designs.

It is best for you to choose an appropriate color scheme for your progress bar design in advance.

Flash Message Progress Bar

This iOS/Android progress bar wisely uses color gradients to provide better visual UX.

2. Animated Progress Bar

Animated Progress Bar


Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: Use of different icons to provide feedback users

Apart from color, icons are another important element that designers use to give users feedback and improve UX. This animated progress bar uses two distinct icons to show users different operation results while downloading/transferring/installing a file. It’s both functional and aesthetic.

What can you learn:

Enrich your progress bar design with product/software/enterprise related icons or logos

3. R79 Progress Bar 2

R79 Progress Bar 2


Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: A minimalist progress bar with simple dots, lines and numbers only

Even though this progress bar example uses only simple dots, lines and numbers. It visualizes the progression of the web/app operation effectively. Moreover, the minimalist design style makes this design clean and intuitive for every user.

What can you learn:

Simplify your progress bar/page/app designs with a minimalist design style


4. Progress Bar Line

Progress Bar Line


Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: Creative “line + number” pair

A simple line and a number combo can make for an attractive progress bar. This example follows this design strategy and creatively uses a “line +number” pair. With the help of an eye-catching color scheme and dynamic effects, this design example compellingly shows users the downloading/loading process intuitively.

5. Download IV

Download IV


Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: A progress bar in combination with other page functions

It is a given that a progress bar is an inherent element of a website or app. For efficiency, you can design your progress bar in combination with other page functions. Not only can it look good, but it can also deliver a better UX.

What can you learn:

Enhance the functionality of your progress bar by designing it with other page functions, such as the Download/Play/Submit/CTA buttons.

Music Player App Progress Bar Design

Design the progress bar of your Music Player App with the “Backward”, “Play” and “Forward” buttons for better UX.

6. Flash Message Progress Bar Color Feedback

Flash Message Progress Bar Color Feedback


Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: Play with colors to offer users clear operation feedback

Using colors to communicate success or failure is a common design pattern for UX/UI designers. This progress bar example uses green and red to show different feedback texts for that purpose.

What can you learn:

Use colors to intuitively inform users when the downloading or loading process has been done or failed.

7. Vertical Progress Bar Animated

Vertical Progress Bar Animated


Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: Vertical progress bar design

Most progress bar designs online are designed horizontally. This example goes against the flow and makes use of a vertical bar. That makes it much easier to grasp users’ attention quickly.

What can you learn:

Create a unique vertical progress bar for your webs/mobile apps

Newest Circular Progress Bar Examples

8. Circular Progress Bar

Circular Progress Bar


Rating: ★★★

Highlights: Capitalize on a single color

This circular progress bar design successfully uses one color to convey its message. This example highlights the fact that even if you use a single color in a website/app/component design, you can come up with something beautiful and functional, especially if you play around with opacity, brightness, and other dynamic effects.

What can you learn:

Improve your progress bar designs with a single and its various shades

Circular Progress Bar with Multiple Colors

Use multiple colors to display data for an intuitive design.

9. Circular Progress Bar App Animation

Circular Progress Bar App Animation


Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: Creative dashboard design style

In general, design is inspired by life, and progress bar design is no different. This animated circular progress bar emulates movement in life and with the particularly unique dashboard, it keeps the user interested.

Simplified Progress Bar

A simplified dashboard design can also be striking.

10. Neon Loader

Neon Loader


Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: Animated “line +number” pair

This animated circular progress bar uses the “line + number” pair style but takes things up a notch by adding animated effects. It’s simple yet not boring, offering a great user experience.

11. Schedule Progress Bar

Schedule Progress Bar


Rating: ★★★★

Highlights: Expression icons

This progress bar creatively uses expression icons to enhance its emotional experience.

What can you learn:

Enhance the emotional experience of your progress bar with emotional elements the user experience by tapping into users’ emotions.

12. Circular Percentage Bar for Apple Watch

Circular Percentage Bar for Apple Watch


Rating: ★★★

This circular progress bar is especially designed for the Apple Watch. If you’re working on an Apple Watch app and need inspiration, this is an excellent place to start.

Progress Bar Examples with Irregular Shapes

13. Happy Heart Preloader

Happy Heart Preloader


Rating: ★★★★★

Highlights: Emotional progress bar design

This progress bar deviates from the norm by making use of an irregular shape. The heart and the color scheme combined taps heavily into human emotions.

On top of the samples showcased above, we put together free PSD/HTML/HTML5/CSS/CSS3 progress bar design templates. These will improve teamwork and collaboration with the development team.

Free PSD Progress Bar Templates

14. Cute Game Loading Progress Bar – Free PNG and PSD Template

 Cute Game Loading Progress Bar

Free download:

Rating: ★★★★★

Highlights: Unique design style

This free PSD progress bar design features a cute mascot to indicate progress. Combined with pastel colors, it works well to entice users.

What can you learn:

Create a unique design style for your progress bar in combination with the features of your products, brands, websites or apps.

Here are more unique and free PSD progress bar templates for your inspiration:

Darts Progress Bar

Free download:

Creative Progress Bar

Free download:

Creative Progress Bar Waiting

Free download:

Creative Progress Bar Loading

Free download:

15. Music Player Progress Bar – Free PNG and PSD Template

Music Player Progress Bar

Free download

Rating: ★★★★★

This PSD progress bar template is designed with other app features- how long till the song ends, in particular. The juxtaposition of form and function adds appeal to the design.


16. Pink Symphony Progress Bar - Free PNG and PSD Template

Pink Symphony Progress Bar

Free download:

Rating: ★★★

Highlights: Beautiful bubble effects

This free PSD progress bar uses bubble effects to make the overall design pop.

What can you learn:

Spice up your progress bar designs with special effects, such as bubble effects, liquid effects, glowing effects or other dynamic effects.

17. Round Blue Button Progress Bar -Free PNG and PSD Template

Round Blue Button Progress Bar

Free download

Rating: ★★★

Highlights: 3D technology

This free PSD progress bar design takes advantage of 3D technology and uses a circular progress bar which looks like a real-life button.

What can you learn:

Improve your progress bar design with advanced technology, such as 3D technology.

18. Progress Bar Steps -Free PNG and PSD Template

Progress Bar Steps

Free download

Rating: ★★★

Highlights: An intuitive progress bar to show users the app/process flow

Aside from indicating the file downloading/transferring/loading process, a progress bar is also used to show user users the flow of a web/app. This PSD progress bar template is designed for that purpose.

Once users have completed a stage, it will automatically start the next stage and guide them to successful completion of a task. In this manner, the progress bar is an essential part of the navigation system of a web/app.

So, it can be an essential part of the navigation system of a web/app.

CSS/CSS3 Progress Bar Examples

19. Lightsaber Progress Bar

Lightsaber Progress Bar


Rating: ★★★★★

Highlights: Excellent science fiction design style

This CSS progress bar example exactly looks like a Star Wars lightsaber, which makes irresistible to fans of the franchise.

20. Place an Order Progress Bar with Animation Steps

Place an Order Progress Bar with Animation Steps


Rating: ★★★★★

Highlights: Animated ordering process bar

This CSS3 progress bar example displays the process of placing an order on a website and is very intuitive for users.

Other Inspiring Progress Bar Examples

In 2018, there are many other fresh and inspiring progress bar designs which are worth studying and imitating:

21. Progress Bar Color Ball

Progress Bar Color Ball


22. Player Progress Bar

Player Progress Bar


23. Helixbar



24. Progress Bar Thai

 Progress Bar Thai


We hope that the diverse collection of HTML/CSS3/PSD/Animated/Android progress bar designs we’ve shared above will get your creative juices flowing.


How to Create a Brilliant Progress Bar with a Prototyping Tool?

Aside from having creative ideas, in order to design a brilliant progress bar, you also need to be able to translate your ideas into interactive prototypes quickly. Additionally, you need to have the ability to test and iterate these prototypes.

In order to do this, you need an easier, faster and smarter prototyping tool. We’ll walk you through a sample project using Mockplus, a tried and tested prototyping tool.

Below are simple steps for you to design a creative progress bar:

First, preview the interactive progress bar prototype:

Lightsaber Progress Bar Prototype

Step1. Drag and drop the “Image”, “Shape” and “Label” components to the canvas. Also, set the Thickness of the Border and Radius of the “Shape” component:

Drag the Needed Components and Set the Properties of the Shape Component

Step2. Add the “Resize” command for the Shape component

Add a Resize Command for the Shape Component

Change the related interaction settings shown below:

Change the Interaction Settings

Step3. Drag the Shape component back to the starting point

Drag the Shape Component to the Starting Point

Prototype preview link in Mockplus:

Moreover, recently Mockplus team has launched another online design collaboration & handoff tool, Mockplus iDoc, which designers, developers and product managers can use to upload, discuss, test, share, iterate, demonstrate and handoff web/app designs with ease.

It is also a great tool for you to work together with other designers, developers and PMs to create a stunning web/app design.

Wrap Up

There aren’t many limitations when it comes to progress bar design. As long as your design is in sync with the features of your website, app, or a specific page and meets the needs of your users, you can play with your ideas as much as you want. And, to maximize your time and optimize your processes, make sure you pick a useful prototyping tool to test and iterate your progress bar.

Snow Hu

In-house writer, who loves reading and is enthusiastic about web design. She is always cheerful and never gives up.

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