List of information graphics software

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This is a list of software to create any kind of information graphics:

Software Example(s) Interface Licence(s) Latest Release Operating system Distinguishing features
License Open Source (yes/no) Price
AIDA LGPL Yes Free October 2003 / 3.2.1 Open interfaces and formats for particle physics data processing
Algebrator GUI Proprietary No $58.99 2009 / 4.2 Linux, Mac OS X, Sugar, Windows 2D graphs
AnyChart charts, maps, stock charts, Gantt charts JavaScript library, GUI Proprietary[1] No $79 October 31, 2016 / 7.12.0 All platforms/OS, all browsers Flexible; JavaScript (HTML5) based; interactive; real-time updates; multi-level drill-downs; various types of charts, maps, stock charts, Gantt charts, dashboards.
Baudline Baudline GUI Proprietary/GPL No Free July 21, 2010 / 1.08 FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris Signal analysis tool
ChartDirector Charts.jpg
C++ (command line, Qt, MFC), .NET (C#, VB), Java, COM, VB6, VBA, VBScript, Javascript, PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby, ColdFusion Proprietary No $99 – $749 June 15, 2015 / 6.0 Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Solaris, Any (Java edition) Extensive chart types; Realtime charts; Handles large data sets; Cross-platform; Command line, web and desktop usage; PDF, SVG and image outputs.
D3js JavaScript library BSD Yes Free February 21, 2017 / v4.6.0 web browsers, js engines static and dynamic presentations
DADiSP DADiSP GUI, command line, SPL script language Proprietary No January 17, 2017 / 6.7 B02 Windows Numerical analysis and signal processing with a spreadsheet-like interface
DAP GNU-style copyleft[2] Yes Free April 16, 2014 / 3.10 Statistics
Sample charts created through datacopia
GUI (web based) Freemium No Free, $4.99 – $29.99 Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, Android Generates a ranked list of several plots & visualizations based on an analysis of the data provided, allowing the user to choose their favorite graphic, share it, and export it as an image.
DataMelt SCaVis screenshot GUI, Java, Jython, BeanShell, JRuby scripting LGPL Yes Free January 12, 2017 / 1.6 Any (Java), Android Multi-platform, IDE with code assist, Jython/Python scripting
DataScene GUI Shareware No Free express, $169 – $299 std. and pro. March 2011 / 3.0.7 Linux, Unix/X11, Windows 2D & 3D graphing, animated graphs, data analysis, curve fitting, and data monitoring.
Descartes (plotting tool) GUI GPL Yes Free July 10, 2005 / 0.7 Any (Python) Inactive as of 2005
EditGrid GUI (web based) Free, or with subscription service Any (Web-based application) Online spreadsheet; service due to end May 1, 2014
EJS EJS GUI GPL Yes Free Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Creates ODE solving interactive, ready-to-publish Java applets
Epi Info GPL Yes Free June 27, 2016 / 7.2 Windows Statistics
EViews Proprietary No March 14, 2016 / 9.5 Statistics
Fityk old screenshot GUI, command line GPL Yes €90 - €225 December 19, 2016 / 1.3.1 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows specialized in curve fitting
FlexPro Proprietary No December 8, 2015 / 10.0.12 MS Windows only
FreeMat Freemat screenshot GPL[3] Yes Free June 30, 2013 / 4.2 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
Create Interactive Charts and Graphs
GUI (web based), JavaScript Charting Library Proprietary No Free for Personal Use, $1,299 – $9,999 November 1, 2016 / 3.11.3 All Web Browsers (including IE 6), JS Engines Interactive JavaScript Charts for your Web & Mobile applications. Get 90+ chart types and 965 maps, readymade business dashboards and demos.
GeoGebra GeoGebra GUI GPL[4] Yes Free February 18, 2017 / 5.0.331.0 Linux, Mac OS X, Sugar, Windows Very good for rendering Geometry, Graphs, Statistical Diagrams, (LaTeX) Formula Rendering. All antialiased in PNG Export. Export to SVG, EPS, EMF, PNG, PDF.
Gephi Gephi GUI GPLv3 / CDDL 1.0 Yes Free February 14, 2016 / 0.9.1 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs
ggplot2 R GPL2 Yes Free December 30, 2016 / 2.2.1 Cross-platform Based on "The Grammar of Graphics"
Gnumeric GUI GPL[5] Yes Free January 30, 2017 / 1.12.33 Cross-platform Spreadsheet
GNU Octave Octave GUI, command line, C, C++, Fortran GPL Yes Free November 13, 2016 / 4.2.0 eComStation, FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2, Solaris or Windows MATLAB compatible, built-in ODE and DAE solvers, extensive user contributed toolboxes
Gnuplot Foucault pendulum Command line, Python, Ruby, Smalltalk, third-party GUIs Own license Yes Free October 10, 2016 / 5.0.5 Amiga, Atari ST, BeOS, Linux, Mac, MS-DOS, OS/2, OS-9/68k, Ultrix, Windows, VMS Built in scripting language
GrADS GPL Yes Free June 20, 2016 / 2.1.0 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Solaris, IBM AIX, DEC Alpha, IRIX Visualization of Earth science data
GLE Command line, GUI BSD / GPL Yes Free August 18, 2015 / 4.2.5f Linux, Mac, Windows Graphics scripting language
GraphPad Prism GUI proprietary No academic US$450, student US$300 October 12, 2016 / 7.0b Mac, Windows
Grace Grace-screenshot Command line, GUI, various APIs GPL Yes Free February 14, 2015 / 5.1.25 Linux, Mac(X11), Windows (cygwin) Uses Motif; fork of Xmgr
Graphviz DOT language CPL Yes Free April 13, 2014 / 2.38 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
gretl GUI GPL Yes Free November 19, 2016 / 2016d Linux, Mac, Windows Specialized in econometrics and time series analyses, built-in scripting language, interface to gnuplot and R
HippoDraw GPL v2 Yes Free October 2007 / 1.21.3 C++-based data analysis system
IDPS GUI, Fortran, C, Python, Socket Server GPL Yes Free Linux, Mac OS X, OSF1/True64, Solaris, Windows Uses Qt 3/Qt 4, runs as a server
IGOR Pro IGOR Pro GUI proprietary No Non-free
standard US$550
academic US$395
student $US85
January 27, 2017 / 7.0.2 Mac, Windows 3D and volume visualization, Curve and peak fitting, Signal processing, Image processing
ILNumerics Math library for .NET / C# GPL / proprietary free / €999 June 11, 2015 / v4.8 Windows and Linux Math library with rich visualization features (interactive 3D scenes, scientific plotting) and Matlab-like syntax.
Ipe IPE Clipping example GUI, XML GPL Yes Free December 10, 2016 / 7.2.7 Linux, Mac, Windows, OS/X IPE Graphics with LaTeX equations or notations can be stored as PDF files (not only exported to PDF) and be included in LaTeX documents. pdftoipe allows any PDF graph to be edited in Ipe.
JFreeChart JFreeChart screenshot GUI, Java, Groovy LGPL Yes Free July 31, 2014 / 1.0.19 Any (Java)
KChart KChart screenshot GUI GPL Yes Free February 3, 2016 / 2.9.11 Linux (KDE)
Kig GUI GPL Yes Free Geometry diagrams only
kst Kst screenshot GUI GPL Yes Free July 20, 2014 / 2.0.8 Linux (KDE), Windows (beta)
LabPlot LabPlot screenshot GUI, Qt scripting GPL Yes Free July 23, 2016 / 2.3.0 Linux (KDE)
LabVIEW Proprietary No $999–9699 August 2016 / 2016 Visual circuits modeling
LiSiCA LiSiCA 2d output.png Python No Free Windows, Linux Ligand-based virtual screening software that searches for 2D and 3D similarities between a reference compound and a database of target compounds.
MagicPlot GUI Proprietary No Student ed.: freeware
Pro ed.: $149 ($74.50 Academic)
September 18, 2016 / 2.7.2 Any (Java) Nonlinear fitting, batch processing
Maple Maple GUI, command line Proprietary No $1895 May 25, 2017 / 2017 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
MathCad GUI Proprietary No $1195 November 2015 / 15.0 M045 Windows Simple GUI driven interface
Mathematica Mathematica GUI, command line, C++ Proprietary No Personal US$295, Government US$2,870, Commercial US$3,185 September 28, 2016 / 11.0.1 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Raspberry Pi[6] Computer algebra, statistics and numerical analysis system with general graphic language. See Wolfram Language.
MATLAB MATLAB GUI Proprietary No September 15, 2016 / R2016b Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Matrix system
Maxima GUI, command line GPL Yes Free December 12, 2016 / 5.39.0 BSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix Like OS, Windows Various graphical user interfaces, Support LaTex with GNU TeXmacs and Web frontend with SageMath
MayaVi Mayavi GUI, Python, scriptable, embeddable BSD Yes Free January 15, 2015 / 4.4.0 GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Visualises computational grids, scalar/vector/tensor data. Texture & ray-cast mappers.
MedCalc GUI Proprietary No $395 February 14, 2017 / 17.2 Windows Statistics
Microsoft Excel GUI Proprietary No Mac OS X, Windows Spreadsheet
NCSS (statistical software) GUI Proprietary No $429 May 2, 2016 / NCSS 11 Windows Statistical Analysis and Statistical Graphics software
Nucalc GUI proprietary No Non-freeUS$100[7] Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows
Numbers (iWork) GUI Proprietary No October 27, 2016 / 4.0.5 Mac OS X Spreadsheet
OpenDX GUI Proprietary No January 19, 2006 / 4.4.0 Cross-platform Calc GUI GNU LGPL Yes Free January 25, 2011 / 3.3 Cross-platform Spreadsheet
OpenPlaG openPlaG graphs screenshot GUI GPL Yes Free October 25, 2011 / 3.1 Any (PHP 5) graph plotter
Orange Orange example workflow screenshot GUI, Python scripting GPL Yes Free February 14, 2017 / 3.3.12 GNU/Linux, Windows, Mac OS X A visual programming data-flow software suite with widgets for statistical data analysis, interactive data visualization, data mining, and machine learning.
Origin GUI, COM, C/C++ and scripting proprietary No Non-freeUS$
1095 (std)
1800 (pro)
850 (academic pro)
69/yr. (student)[7]
November 10, 2016 / 2017 SR0 Windows Multi-layer 2D, 3D and statistical graphs for science and engineering. Built-in digitizing tool. Auto-recalculation and reporting. Programmable, with access to NAG Numerical Library.
Paraview GUI, Python scripting GPL Yes Free November 15, 2016 / 5.2.0 Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, Windows Parallel scientific and Computational Fluid Dynamics visualizations
PDL PDL Artistic License / GPL Yes Free October 8, 2016 / 2.017 Perl Data Language
PGPLOT FORTRAN, C No Free for non commercial February 26, 2001 / 5.2.2 Linux, Mac, Windows (Fortran) California Institute of Technology, Inactive as of 2001
ploticus A plot of Wikipedia statistics in Ploticus Command line, C GPL Yes Free May 2013 / 2.42 Linux, Mac, Windows plots and charts from data
Plotly A plot made using plotly GUI, command line Python Commercial No Free Any (web-based) plots and charts in browser, web-sharing and exporting, drag-and-drop data import, Python command line
plotutils command line, C/C++ GPL Yes Free September 27, 2009 / 2.6 Linux, Mac, Windows Collection of command line programs, C/C++ API
PLplot 3D surface plot Ada, C/C++/D, Fortran 77/90, C, C++, Java, Lisp, Lua, OCaml, Octave, Perl, Python, Tcl/Tk LGPL Yes Free August 12, 2015 / 5.11.1 Linux, Mac, Windows Many different output formats: CGM, GIF, Jpeg, Png, Latex, PBM, PDF, Postscript, SVG, XFig, Qt, wxWidgets
PSPP GUI, command line GPL Yes Free July 23, 2016 / 0.10.2 Linux, Mac, Windows Statistical analysis of sampled data. Free replacement for SPSS.
QtiPlot GUI, Python proprietary No Non-free. Various rates for Annual subscriptions[8] January 25, 2017 / Linux, Mac, Windows Python scriptable
R Plots from lm example.svg Third party GPL Yes Free October 31, 2016 / 3.3.2 Linux, Mac, Windows In addition to base graphics, has a large number of graphics packages including lattice and ggplot2.[9] Interoperabile with other free software packages.
ROOT ROOT plot showing regions of interest in a 2D distribution GUI, C++, Python, Ruby LGPL Yes Free January 13, 2017 / 6.08/04 Linux, Mac, Windows De facto standard in high energy physics
RRDtool RRDtool Command line GPL Yes Free May 9, 2016 / 1.6.0 Linux, Windows
S-PLUS Proprietary No November 2010 / 8.2 Statistics
S Statistics
SAS System Proprietary No July 10, 2013 / 9.4 Statistics
Scilab Scilab CeCILL Yes Free February 15, 2017 / 6.0.0 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Matrix system
SciPy, NumPy, matplotlib modules for Python matplotlib Python, GUI, command line BSD/matplotlib Yes Free September 22, 2016 / 0.18.2, January 15, 2017 / 1.12, January 17, 2017 / 2.0.0 FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Extensive numerical and scientific library with MATLAB-style plotting
Simple Grapher GUI Proprietary No Free Microsoft Windows 2D and 3D Graph
SOCR Statistics
SPSS GUI, command line Proprietary No March 15, 2016 / 24.0 Statistics
Stata Proprietary No April 7, 2015 / 14.0 Statistics
Dynamic Response Surface Plot
GUI Proprietary No $30–$2,414 July 2015 / 17.1.08 Windows Statistical software package for exploratory data analysis, dynamic data visualization, statistical modeling, design of experiments, time series forecasting, quality improvement and Six Sigma.
Statistical Lab May 2, 2011 / 3.81
Systat Proprietary No Statistics
SymPy Sympy BSD Yes Free March 8, 2016 / 1.0 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Python library for computer algebra and symbolic mathematics
Sysquake GUI, command line Proprietary No $250 (LE free) November 5, 2013 / 5.0 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows MATLAB compatible, interactive graphics
SciDAVis Scidavis 0.1.0 screenshot.png GUI, Python GPL Yes Free July 29, 2016 / 1.14 Linux, Mac, Windows Qt4-based GUI, Python scriptable
SigmaPlot GUI proprietary No Non-freeCommercial US$799, Government US$699, Commercial US$549 2014 / 13.0.0 Windows
TAChart Simthyr 3.1 on openSUSE 11.png Charting library modified LGPL Yes Free November 13, 2016 / 1.6.2 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Very flexible charting component for Lazarus / Free Pascal.
Tableau GUI Proprietary No $999 – $1800 Windows Spreadsheet
Tecplot Tecplot 3d vortices.jpg GUI proprietary No /360/purchase.aspx varies 2016 / 2016 Linux, Mac, UNIX, Windows Computational Fluid Dynamics
Teechart TeeChart Gallery.png Charting library Commercial No product pricing 2017 Windows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, Android Chart, Gauge and Map components for .NET, Delphi VCL, FireMonkey, ActiveX, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Android, iOS.
TreeMap GUI Proprietary No $259 2016 / 3.8.0 Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Web Treemapping
think-cell chart GUI proprietary No Annual subscription Windows Support for waterfall, Marimekko and Gantt charts. Direct integration into Microsoft PowerPoint.
Veusz Veusz screenshot 1.3.png GUI, Python, command line GPL Yes Free December 20, 2016 / 1.25.1 Mac, Unix, Windows Create publication-quality PS/PDF plots, Python scripting and plugin interface
Visifire Independent of server side scripting Proprietary No $149 June 5, 2014 / 5.1.7-0 Mac, Windows
VisIt Rayleigh-Taylor instability.jpg GUI, C++, Python, and Java BSD Yes Free January 2017 / 2.12.1 Linux, Mac, Windows Designed to handle very large data sets
Webix Demos JavaScript library GPLV3/Proprietary[10] Yes $469 February 16, 2017 / 4.2 Cross platforms, cross browsers JavaScript/HTML5 based; More than 75 widgets and controls; Maps; Charts; DataTables; Organograms; Gauge charts
World Programming System (WPS) GUI, command line Proprietary No December 2016 / 3.3 AIX, Linux, Linux for Arm8 64-bit, macOS, PowerLinux, Solaris, Windows, Linux for System z, z/OS Statistics. Handles very large data sets. Supports mixing Python, R and SAS languages within in a single user program
XGraph GUI, command line Proprietary No Free April 2014 / v4.30 Linux, Windows Interactive and batch 2D data file plotting
Zoho Office Suite GUI (web based) Proprietary No Any (web-based application) Online spreadsheet

Vector graphics[edit]

Vector graphics software can be used for manual graphing or for editing the output of another program. Please see:

A few online editors using vector graphics for specific needs have been created.[citation needed] This kind of creative interfaces work well together with data visualization tools like the ones above.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AnyChart - Buy
  2. ^ "The Dap Project for Statistics and Graphics". Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Homepage". FreeMat website. Archived from the original on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  4. ^ The International GeoGebra Institute (April 2013). "GeoGebra Non-Commercial License Agreement". GeoGebra website. Archived from the original on 13 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to Gnumeric!". Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Raspberry Pi now includes Mathematica and Wolfram Language for free | The Verge
  7. ^ a b MSRP for full version. Discounted downloads and academic discounts might be available.
  8. ^ QtiPlot pricing
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  10. ^ Webix - Buy