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) Operating system Distinguishing features
License Open Source (yes/no) Price
Algebrator GUI Proprietary No $58.99 Linux, Mac OS X, Sugar, Windows 2D graphs
Baudline Baudline GUI GPL Yes Free FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris Signal analysis tool
CTOME GUI Proprietary No $250 FreeBSD, Linux/Windows Numerical analysis and Signal analysis tool
D3js [1] JavaScript library BSD Yes Free web browsers, js engines static and dynamic presentations
DADiSP DADiSP GUI, command line, SPL script language Proprietary No Windows Numerical analysis and signal processing with a spreadsheet-like interface
DAP Statistics
Sample charts created through
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.
DataScene GUI Shareware No Free express, $169 – $299 std. and pro. Linux, Unix/X11, Windows 2D & 3D graphing, animated graphs, data analysis, curve fitting, and data monitoring.
Descartes (plotting tool) GUI GPL Yes Free 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 Windows Statistics
EpsTk Toolkit for use with MATLAB and GNU Octave GPL Yes Free Any (Octave or MATLAB)
EViews Proprietary No Statistics
Fityk old screenshot GUI, command line GPL Yes Free Linux, Mac OS X, Windows specialized in curve fitting
FlexPro Proprietary No MS Windows only
FreeMat Freemat screenshot GPL[1] Yes Free 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 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[2] Yes Free 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 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs
ggplot2 R GPL2 Yes Free Cross-platform Based on "The Grammar of Graphics"
Gnumeric GUI GPL[3] Yes Free Cross-platform Spreadsheet
GNU Octave Octave GUI, command line, C, C++, Fortran GPL Yes Free 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 Amiga, Atari ST, BeOS, Linux, Mac, MS-DOS, OS/2, OS-9/68k, Ultrix, Windows, VMS Built in scripting language
GrADS GPL Yes Free Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Solaris, IBM AIX, DEC Alpha, IRIX Visualization of Earth science data
Graph GPL Yes Free Windows Basic 2D graphing of functions and data. Multi language support. Easy to use.
Grapheme Grapheme GUI Proprietary No Academic 12, Private 45 Linux, Windows Interactive charts, data filtering and fitting, data mining
GLE Command line, GUI BSD / GPL Yes Free Linux, Mac, Windows Graphics scripting language
GraphPad Prism GUI proprietary No academic US$450, student US$300 Mac, Windows
Grace Grace-screenshot Command line, GUI, various APIs GPL Yes Free Linux, Mac(X11), Windows (cygwin) Uses Motif; fork of Xmgr
Graphviz DOT language CPL Yes Free Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
gretl GUI GPL Yes Free Linux, Mac, Windows Specialized in econometrics and time series analyses, built-in scripting language, interface to gnuplot and R
High-D GUI Proprietary No $139 Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Parallel coordinates
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
Mac, Windows 3D and volume visualization, Curve and peak fitting, Signal processing, Image processing
ILNumerics Math library for .NET / C# GPL / proprietary free / €999 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 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 Any (Java)
KChart KChart screenshot GUI GPL Yes Free Linux (KDE)
Kig GUI GPL Yes Free Geometry diagrams only
kst Kst screenshot GUI GPL Yes Free Linux (KDE), Windows (beta)
LabPlot LabPlot screenshot GUI, Qt scripting GPL Yes Free Linux (KDE)
LabVIEW Proprietary No Visual circuits modeling
MagicPlot GUI Proprietary No Student ed.: freeware
Pro ed.: $149 ($74.50 Academic)
Any (Java) Nonlinear fitting, batch processing
Maple Maple GUI, command line No $1895 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
MathCad GUI No $1195 Windows Simple GUI driven interface
Mathematica Mathematica GUI, command line, C++ No $2495 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Raspberry Pi[4] Computer algebra, statistics and numerical analysis system with general graphic language. See Wolfram Language.
MATLAB MATLAB GUI Proprietary No Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Matrix system
Maxima GUI, command line GPL Yes Free BSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix Like OS, Windows Various graphical user interfaces, Support LaTex with GNU TeXmacs and Web frontend with Sage
MayaVi Mayavi GUI, Python, scriptable, embeddable BSD Yes Free GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Visualises computational grids, scalar/vector/tensor data. Texture & ray-cast mappers.
MedCalc GUI Proprietary No $395 Windows Statistics
Microsoft Excel GUI Proprietary No Mac OS X, Windows Spreadsheet
NCSS (statistical software) GUI Proprietary No $429 Windows Statistical Analysis and Statistical Graphics software
Nucalc GUI proprietary No Non-freeUS$100[5] Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows
Numbers (iWork) GUI Proprietary No Mac OS X Spreadsheet Calc GUI GNU LGPL Yes Free Cross-platform Spreadsheet
OpenPlaG openPlaG graphs screenshot GUI GPL Yes Free Any (PHP 5) graph plotter
Origin GUI, COM, C/C++ and scripting proprietary No Non-freeUS$
1095 (std)
1800 (pro)
850 (academic pro)
69/yr. (student)[5]
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 Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, Windows Parallel scientific and Computational Fluid Dynamics visualizations
PDL PDL Free Perl Data Language
PGPLOT FORTRAN, C No Free for non commercial Linux, Mac, Windows (Fortran) California Institute of Technology, Inactive as of 2001
Physics Plot GUI proprietary No Non-freeUS$100 Windows (visualbasic)
ploticus A plot of Wikipedia statistics in Ploticus Command line, C GPL Yes Free 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 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 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 Linux, Mac, Windows Statistical analysis of sampled data. Free replacement for SPSS.
QtiPlot GUI, Python GPL Yes free if compiled from source or can be obtained and used for an Annual subscription[6] Linux, Mac, Windows Python scriptable
R Plots from lm example.svg Third party GPL Yes Free Linux, Mac, Windows In addition to base graphics, has a large number of graphics packages including lattice and ggplot2.[7] Interoperabile with other free software packages.
ROOT ROOT plot showing regions of interest in a 2D distribution GUI, C++, Python, Ruby LGPL Yes Free Linux, Mac, Windows De facto standard in high energy physics
RRDtool RRDtool Command line GPL Yes Free Linux, Windows
S-PLUS Proprietary No Statistics
S-Lang Statistics
SAS System Proprietary No Statistics
DataMelt SCaVis screenshot GUI, Java, Jython, BeanShell, JRuby scripting LGPL Yes Free Any (Java), Android Multi-platform, IDE with code assist, Jython/Python scripting
Scilab Scilab CeCILL Yes Free Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Matrix system
SciPy, NumPy, matplotlib modules for Python matplotlib Python, GUI, command line BSD/matplotlib Yes Free FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Extensive numerical and scientific library with MATLAB-style plotting
SOCR Statistics
SPSS GUI, command line Proprietary No Statistics
Stata Proprietary No Statistics
Statgraphics GUI Proprietary No 30$-2,414$ Windows Statistical software package for exploratory data analysis, statistical modeling, design of experiments, time series forecasting, quality improvement and Six Sigma.
Statistical Lab
Systat Proprietary No Statistics
SymPy Sympy BSD Yes Free Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Python library for computer algebra and symbolic mathematics
Sysquake GUI, command line Proprietary No $250 (LE free) Linux, Mac OS X, Windows MATLAB compatible, interactive graphics
SciDAVis Scidavis 0.1.0 screenshot.png GUI, Python GPL Yes Free Linux, Mac, Windows Qt4-based GUI, Python scriptable
SigmaPlot GUI proprietary No Non-freeCommercial US$799, Government US$699, Commercial US$549 Windows
TAChart Simthyr 3.1 on openSUSE 11.png Charting library modified LGPL Yes Free 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 varies Linux, Mac, UNIX, Windows Computational Fluid Dynamics
Teechart TeeChart Gallery.png Charting library Commercial Yes Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, WP7/8, iOS, Android, BlackBerry Charting, Gauge and Map components for .NET, Delphi VCL, FireMonkey, ActiveX, Java, JavaScript, PHP, Android, Windows Phone, iPhone/iPad and BlackBerry.
TreeMap GUI Proprietary No $259 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 Mac, Unix, Windows Create publication-quality PS/PDF plots, Python scripting and plugin interface
Visifire Independent of server side scripting GPL Yes Free Mac, Windows
VisIt Rayleigh-Taylor instability.jpg GUI, C++, Python, and Java BSD Yes Free Linux, Mac, Windows Designed to handle very large data sets
World Programming System (WPS) GUI, command line Proprietary No AIX, Linux, Mac, Solaris, Windows, z/Linux, z/OS Statistics. Handles Big Data[clarification needed]
XGraph GUI, command line Proprietary No Free 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:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Homepage". FreeMat website. Archived from the original on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to Gnumeric!". Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Raspberry Pi now includes Mathematica and Wolfram Language for free | The Verge
  5. ^ a b MSRP for full version. Discounted downloads and academic discounts might be available.
  6. ^ QtiPlot pricing
  7. ^