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Type Private
Industry Computer software
Founded Montreal, Quebec (2012)
Headquarters Canada

Plotly is an online analytics and data visualization tool, headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. Plotly provides online graphing, analytics, a Python command line, and stats tools for individuals and collaboration, as well as scientific graphing libraries for Python, R, MATLAB, Perl, Julia, Arduino, and REST.


Plotly was founded by Alex Johnson, Chris Parmer, Jack Parmer, Matt Sundquist and Nolan Browne.[1] The founders' backgrounds are in science, energy, and data analysis and visualization.[1] Early employees include Christophe Viau, a Canadian software engineer and Ben Postlethwaite, a Canadian geophysicist.[2] Plotly was named one of the Top 20 Hottest Innovative Companies in Canada by the Canadian Innovation Exchange.[3] Plotly was featured in "startup row" at PyCon 2013.[4]


Plotly offers four main products:

A gallery of Plotly graphs


Plotly was built using Python and the Django framework, with a front end using JavaScript and the visualization library D3.js, HTML and CSS. Files are hosted on Amazon S3.[15]

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  1. ^ a b Czikk, Joseph (July 29, 2013). "Ex-Silicon Valley kids to launch web startup in Montreal". Montreal Gazette. 
  2. ^ "About". Plotly. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  3. ^ Levy, Carmi (Nov 11, 2013). "CIX 2013 celebrates Canada’s innovation economy". Yahoo! Finance Canada. 
  4. ^ Curtin, Brian (March 11, 2013). "Announcing Our Startup Row Selections". PyCon. 
  5. ^ Machlis, Sharon (Nov 6, 2013). "Beauty and brains: Plotly combines dataviz and serious statistical analysis". Computer World. 
  6. ^ Ram, Vasudev (March 29, 2013). ", fast plotting in the browser". jugad2: Vasudev Ram on software innovation. 
  7. ^ Burk, John (May 7, 2013). ", the new graphing hotness". Quantum Progress. 
  8. ^ "Graphical Representations of Data". Python Wiki. November 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ Romano, Zoe (November 4, 2013). "Create Interactive Graphs Logging Arduino Data With Plotly". Arduino Blog. 
  10. ^ "APIs". Plotly. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  11. ^ "Plotly IPython gallery". IPython Notebook Viewer. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  12. ^ "Plotly". Google Chrome Store. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  13. ^ "Plotly". Edmodo. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  14. ^ "Plotly.js". Plotly. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  15. ^ Machlis, Sharon (Nov 6, 2013). "Beauty and brains: Plotly combines dataviz and serious statistical analysis". Computer World.