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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) Initial Release Year Latest Release Operating system Distinguishing features
License Open Source (yes/no)
Kst GUI, CLI GPL Yes 2004 2021, v 2.0.x Linux, Windows, Mac fast real-time large-dataset plotting and viewing tool with basic data analysis functionality
AIDA LGPL Yes 2001 October 2003 / 3.2.1 Open interfaces and formats for particle physics data processing
Algebrator GUI Proprietary No 1999 2009 / 4.2 Linux, Mac OS X, Sugar, Windows 2D graphs
Archim drawing 2D and 3D graphs freeware No 2007 2008 Windows Graphs in polar (or other) coordinates become specific cases of parametric graphs.
Baudline Baudline GUI Proprietary No 2000 July 21, 2010 / 1.08 FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris Signal analysis tool
D3js JavaScript library BSD Yes 2011 August 25, 2018 / 5.7.0 web browsers, js engines static and dynamic presentations
DADiSP DADiSP GUI, command line, SPL script language Proprietary No 1987 January 17, 2017 / 6.7 B02 Windows Numerical analysis and signal processing with a spreadsheet-like interface
DAP GNU-style copyleft[1] Yes 1998 April 16, 2014 / 3.10 Statistics
Datacopia Sample charts created through datacopia GUI (web based) Freemium No 2012 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.
DataGraph GUI, command line Proprietary No 2006 February 17, 2020 / 4.5.1 macOS 2D graphing, animations, data analysis, linear and non-linear curve fitting.
DataScene GUI Shareware No 2009 March 2011 / 3.0.7 Linux, Unix/X11, Windows 2D & 3D graphing, animated graphs, data analysis, curve fitting, and data monitoring.
ECharts GUI (web based), TypeScript Charting Library Apache 2.0 Yes 2013 July 18, 2023 / 5.4.3 Any (Web-based application) Typescript based interactive graphic library
EditGrid GUI (web based) No 2006 Any (Web-based application) Online spreadsheet; service due to end May 1, 2014
EJS EJS GUI GPL Yes 2014 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Creates ODE solving interactive, ready-to-publish Java applets
Epi Info GPL Yes 1985 February 2, 2018 / Windows Statistics
EViews Proprietary No 1994 June 21, 2017 / 10 Statistics
Fityk old screenshot GUI, command line GPL Yes 2004 December 19, 2016 / 1.3.1 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows specialized in curve fitting
FlexPro Proprietary No 1991 2017 MS Windows only
FreeMat Freemat screenshot GPL[2] Yes 2004 June 30, 2013 / 4.2 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
FusionCharts FusionCharts GUI (web based), JavaScript Charting Library Proprietary No 2002 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 with non-commercial restriction[3] Yes 2001 September 3, 2017 / 6.0.385.0 Linux, Mac OS X, Sugar, Windows, Android 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 2008 February 14, 2016 / 0.9.1 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs
ggplot2 R GPL2 Yes 2007 December 30, 2016 / 2.2.1 Cross-platform Based on "The Grammar of Graphics"
GUI (web based) GNU Affero General Public License 3.0 Yes 2014 August 1 2022 / 9.0.6 All Web Browsers Diagrams, Live Data Analysis, Public Dashboards
Gnumeric GUI GPL[4] Yes 2001 August 19, 2018 / 1.12.43 Cross-platform Spreadsheet
GNU Octave Octave GUI, command line, C, C++, Fortran GPL Yes 1993 April 13, 2023 / 8.2.0 FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2 (including eComStation and ArcaOS), Solaris, Windows, Android 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 1986 June 4, 2018 / 5.2.4 Amiga, Atari ST, BeOS, Linux, Mac, MS-DOS, OS/2 (including eComStation and ArcaOS), OS-9/68k, Ultrix, Windows, VMS, Android Built in scripting language
GrADS command line GPL Yes 1988 April 25, 2018 / 2.2.1 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Solaris, IBM AIX, DEC Alpha, IRIX Visualization of Earth science data
GraphPad Prism GUI proprietary No 1989 October 12, 2016 / 7.0b Mac, Windows
Grace Grace-screenshot Command line, GUI, various APIs GPL Yes 1998 February 14, 2015 / 5.1.25 Linux, Mac(X11), Windows (cygwin) Uses Motif; fork of Xmgr
Graphviz DOT language CPL Yes 1991 December 25, 2016 / 2.40.1 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
gretl GUI GPL Yes 2000 September 3, 2018 / 2018c Linux, Mac, Windows Specialized in econometrics and time series analyses, built-in scripting language, interface to gnuplot and R
HippoDraw GPL v2 Yes 1992 October 2007 / 1.21.3 C++-based data analysis system
IGOR Pro IGOR Pro GUI proprietary No 1989 April 11, 2019 / 8.0.3 Mac, Windows 3D and volume visualization, Curve and peak fitting, Signal processing, Image processing
ILNumerics Math library for .NET / C# GPL / proprietary No 2006 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 GUI, XML GPL Yes 1993 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 2000 November 5, 2017 / 1.5.0 Any (Java)
JMP Sample of six JMP graphs GUI, scripting proprietary No 1989 March 9, 2021 / 16.0 Mac, Windows Interactive statistical graphics
KChart KChart GUI GPL Yes 2010 March 21, 2017 / 3.0.1 Linux (KDE) The charting tool of Calligra Suite, an integrated graphic art and office suite developed by KDE.
Kig GUI GPL Yes 2006 Geometry diagrams only
LabPlot LabPlot screenshot GUI, Qt, C++ GPL Yes 2001 March 21, 2023 / 2.10.0 Linux (KDE), Windows, Mac OS X 2D plotting, suitable for creation of publication-ready plots but also for data visualization and exploration, data import from many formats(ASCII, binary, HDF5, FITS, JSON, etc.), export to vector and raster images, data analysis (nonlinear curve fitting in 2D, FFT, smoothing, integration and differentiation, etc.), digitizing of raster images, live data plotting, support for different CAS like Maxima, Octave, R, etc.
LabVIEW Proprietary No 1986 May 2017 / 2017 Visual circuits modeling
GUI MPL-2.0 Yes 2011 September 8, 2022 / 7.3.6 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Spreadsheet, Diagrams, Statistical Functions
LiSiCA LiSiCA Python No 2015 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 2008 January 18, 2021 / 3.0 Any (Java) Nonlinear fitting, batch processing
Maple Maple GUI, command line Proprietary No 1982 May 25, 2017 / 2017 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows
MathCad GUI Proprietary No 1986 March 6, 2017 / Prime 4.0, November 2015 / 15.0 M045 Windows Simple GUI driven interface
Mathematica Mathematica GUI, command line, C++ Proprietary No 1988 14.0.0 (January 9, 2024; 5 months ago (2024-01-09)) [±][5] 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 1979 September 20, 2017 / R2017b Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Matrix system
Maxima GUI, command line GPL Yes 1982 October 3, 2017 / 5.41.0 BSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Unix, Windows, Android Various graphical user interfaces, Support LaTeX with GNU TeXmacs and Web frontend with SageMath
MayaVi Mayavi GUI, Python, scriptable, embeddable BSD Yes 2019 August 3, 2018 / 4.6.2 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Visualises computational grids, scalar/vector/tensor data. Texture & ray-cast mappers.
MedCalc GUI Proprietary No 1993 August 17, 2017 / 17.9 Windows Statistics
Microsoft Excel GUI Proprietary No 1987 Mac OS X, Windows Spreadsheet
NCSS (statistical software) GUI Proprietary No 1981 May 2, 2016 / NCSS 11 Windows Statistical Analysis and Statistical Graphics software
Nucalc GUI proprietary No 1994 Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows
Numbers (iWork) GUI Proprietary No 2007 March 28, 2017 / 4.1 Mac OS X Spreadsheet
OpenDX GUI Proprietary No 1991 January 19, 2006 / 4.4.0 Cross-platform
OpenOffice.org Calc GUI GNU LGPL Yes 2002 January 25, 2011 / 3.3 Cross-platform Spreadsheet
OpenPlaG openPlaG GUI GPL Yes 2007 June 12, 2018 / 3.5 Any (PHP 5) graph plotter to use on websites
Orange Orange GUI, Python scripting GPL Yes 1996 September 3, 2017 / 3.5 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 1992 June 22, 2017 / 2017 SR2 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 2002 June 19, 2018 / 5.5.2 Linux/Unix, Mac OS X, Windows Parallel scientific and Computational Fluid Dynamics visualizations
PDL PDL Artistic License / GPL Yes 1996 May 6, 2018 / 2.019 Perl Data Language
PGPLOT FORTRAN, C No 1983 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 1999 May 2013 / 2.42 Linux, Mac, Windows plots and charts from data
Plotly A plot made using plotly GUI, command line Python Commercial No 2012 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 1989 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 2001 August 26, 2017 / 5.13.0 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 1997 August 20, 2017 / 1.0.0 Linux, Mac, Windows Statistical analysis of sampled data. Free replacement for SPSS.
QtiPlot GUI, Python proprietary No 2004 May 31, 2017 / Linux, Mac, Windows Python scriptable
R Third party GPL Yes 1993 July 2, 2018 / 3.5.1("Feather Spray") 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 1994 August 23, 2018 / 6.14.04 Linux, Mac, Windows De facto standard in high energy physics
RRDtool RRDtool Command line GPL Yes 1999 May 17, 2017 / 1.7.0 Linux, Windows
S-PLUS Proprietary No 1988 November 2010 / 8.2 Statistics
S ? 1976 Statistics
SAS System Proprietary No 1972 July 10, 2013 / 9.4 Statistics
Scilab Scilab CeCILL Yes 1990 February 14, 2019 / 6.0.2 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Matrix system
SciPy, NumPy, matplotlib modules for Python matplotlib Python, GUI, command line BSD/matplotlib Yes 2003 June 21, 2017 / 0.19.1, July 6, 2017 / 1.13.1, May 10, 2017 / 2.0.2 FreeBSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Extensive numerical and scientific library with MATLAB-style plotting
SOCR Yes 2002 A suite of online tools for statistical computing
Sonic Visualiser GUI GPL Yes 2010 August 14, 2018 / 3.1.1 Linux, MacOS, Windows
SPSS GUI, command line Proprietary No 1968 August 8, 2017 / 25.0 Statistics
Stata Proprietary No 1985 June 6, 2017 / 15.0 Statistics
Statgraphics Statgraphics GUI Proprietary No 1980 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 Yes 2005 May 2, 2011 / 3.81
Systat Proprietary No 1979 Statistics
SymPy SymPy BSD Yes 2007 September 14, 2018 / 1.3 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Python library for computer algebra and symbolic mathematics
Sysquake GUI, command line Proprietary No 2001 November 5, 2013 / 5.0 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows MATLAB compatible, interactive graphics
SciDAVis GUI, Python GPL Yes 2007 June 4, 2018 / 1.23 Linux, Mac, Windows Qt4-based GUI, Python scriptable
SigmaPlot GUI proprietary No 1983 2014 / 13.0.0 Windows
TAChart Charting library modified LGPL Yes 2012 November 13, 2016 / 1.6.2 Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Very flexible charting component for Lazarus / Free Pascal.
Tableau GUI Proprietary No 2003 Windows Spreadsheet
Tecplot GUI proprietary No 1988 2016 / 2016 Linux, Mac, UNIX, Windows Computational Fluid Dynamics
Teechart Charting library Open Source Yes 1995 April 26, 2021 Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android Full set of chart types, maps & gauges, interactive, real-time, PNG, JPEG export, cross-browser support, integration with WordPress, Drupal, Node.js, Joomla, TypeScript, NuGet among others.
think-cell chart GUI proprietary No 2002 Windows Support for waterfall, Marimekko and Gantt charts. Direct integration into Microsoft PowerPoint.
Veusz GUI, Python, command line GPL Yes 2007 October 7, 2021 / 3.4 Mac, Unix, Windows Create publication-quality PS/PDF plots, Python scripting and plugin interface
Visifire Independent of server side scripting Proprietary No 2008 June 5, 2014 / 5.1.7-0 Mac, Windows
VisIt GUI, C++, Python, and Java BSD Yes 2002 May 2018 / 2.13.2 Linux, Mac, Windows Designed to handle very large data sets
Webix JavaScript library GPLV3/Proprietary[8] Yes 2013 June 27, 2017 / 4.4 Cross platforms, cross browsers JavaScript/HTML5 based; More than 75 widgets and controls; Maps; Charts; DataTables; Organograms; Gauge charts
World Programming System (WPS Analytics) GUI, command line Proprietary No 2002 March 2020 / v4.2 AIX, Linux, Linux for Arm8 64-bit (AArch64), macOS, PowerLinux, POWER/System p/pSeries (LE), Windows, Linux for System z, z/OS Statistics. Handles very large data sets. Supports mixing Python, R, SAS and SQL languages within a single user program
XGraph GUI, command line Proprietary No 1985 July 2018 / v4.38 Linux, Windows, Mac, FreeBSD, Sun Solaris Interactive and batch 2D data file plotting
Zoho Office Suite GUI (web based) Proprietary No 2005 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. ^ "The Dap Project for Statistics and Graphics". Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Homepage". FreeMat website. Archived from the original on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Welcome to Gnumeric!". Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  5. ^ "The Story Continues: Announcing Version 14 of Wolfram Language and Mathematica". Retrieved 2024-01-09.
  6. ^ Raspberry Pi now includes Mathematica and Wolfram Language for free | The Verge
  7. ^ Lewin-Koh, Nicholas (7 January 2015). "CRAN Task View: Graphic Displays & Dynamic Graphics & Graphic Devices & Visualization".
  8. ^ Webix - Buy