5 Interesting Javascript Libraries For Building Awesome Graphs

January 28, 2018
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Chart.js

Chart.js is a simple yet flexible JavaScript charting for designers & developers. It provides mix and match bar and line charts to provide a clear visual distinction between datasets, plot complex, sparse datasets on date time, logarithmic or even entirely custom scales with ease and out of the box stunning transitions when changing data, updating colours and adding datasets. It can visualize your data in 8 different ways, each of them animated and customisable, with great rendering performance across all modern browsers.

 

 

Highcharts JS

Highcharts JS is a JavaScript charting library based on SVG, with fallbacks to VML and canvas for old browsers. Default responsiveness goes beyond fitting the chart to the dimensions of its container, but automatically finds an optimal placement for non-graph elements such as legends and headings. With annotations, developers may describe charts or data points by drawing simple shapes and text anywhere on the canvas or tethered to specific data points. With the exporting module enabled, your users can export the chart to PNG, JPG, PDF or SVG format at the click of a button, or print the chart directly from the web page.

 

 

C3

C3 makes it easy to generate D3-based charts by wrapping the code required to construct the entire chart. This library gives some classes to each element when generating, so you can define a custom style by the class and it’s possible to extend the structure directly by D3. C3 provides a variety of APIs and callbacks to access the state of the chart. By using them, you can update the chart even after it’s rendered.

 

 

Plotly

Built on top of d3.js and stack.gl, plotly.js is a high-level, declarative charting library. plotly.js ships with 20 chart types, including 3D charts, statistical graphs, and SVG maps.

 

 

 

Chartist

Chartist’s goal is to provide a simple, lightweight and unintrusive library to responsively craft charts on your website. It’s important to understand that one of the main intentions of Chartist.js is to rely on standards rather than providing it’s own solution to a problem which is already solved by those standards. We need to leverage the power of browsers today and say good bye to the idea of solving all problems ourselves.

Chartist works with inline-SVG and therefore leverages the power of the DOM to provide parts of its functionality. This also means that Chartist does not provide it’s own event handling, labels, behaviors or anything else that can just be done with plain HTML, JavaScript and CSS. The single and only responsibility of Chartist is to help you drawing “Simple responsive Charts” using inline-SVG in the DOM, CSS to style and JavaScript to provide an API for configuring your charts.

 

 

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