© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag London Ltd., part of Springer Nature.This review presents a survey of most literature published on tube spinning in English language. This paper aims to provide insight into mechanics of the process and act as a guide for researchers working on tube spinning and other flexible forming processes. The review has revealed several gaps in knowledge of tube spinning mechanics. Evolution of stress and strain state in the tube is not well understood, mainly due to long computational times required to model the process accurately. Failure mechanisms of spinning are not understood. Toolpath design has been explored, but no attempt has been made to automate it. Studies on novel process configurations have demonstrated the potential of the process for further flexibility and production of a wider range of complex geometries.