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

Plotly, also known by its URL,,[1] is an online data analytics and visualization tool headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. Plotly provides online graphing, analytics, and statistics 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, Jack Parmer, Chris Parmer, and Matthew Sundquist.[2] The founders' backgrounds are in science, energy, and data analysis and visualization.[2] Early employees include Christophe Viau, a Canadian software engineer and Ben Postlethwaite, a Canadian geophysicist.[3] Plotly was named one of the Top 20 Hottest Innovative Companies in Canada by the Canadian Innovation Exchange.[4] Plotly was featured in "startup row" at PyCon 2013.[5]


Plotly offers six 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.[22]

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  1. ^ "Plotly | Make charts and dashboards online". Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  2. ^ a b Czikk, Joseph (July 29, 2013). "Ex-Silicon Valley kids to launch web startup in Montreal". Montreal Gazette. 
  3. ^ "About". Plotly. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  4. ^ Levy, Carmi (November 11, 2013). "CIX 2013 celebrates Canada’s innovation economy". Yahoo! Finance Canada. 
  5. ^ Curtin, Brian (March 11, 2013). "Announcing Our Startup Row Selections". PyCon. 
  6. ^ Machlis, Sharon (November 6, 2013). "Beauty and brains: Plotly combines dataviz and serious statistical analysis". Computer World. 
  7. ^ "Graphical Representations of Data". Python Wiki. November 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Plotly's R Library". Plotly. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Plotly's MATLAB library". Plotly. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Plotly's Node.js library". Plotly. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  11. ^ "Plotly's Julia library". Plotly. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  12. ^ Romano, Zoe (November 4, 2013). "Create Interactive Graphs Logging Arduino Data With Plotly". Arduino Blog. 
  13. ^ "APIs". Plotly. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  14. ^ "Plotly IPython gallery". IPython Notebook Viewer. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  15. ^ "Online, interactive Matplotlib graphs". Plotly. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  16. ^ "Online, interactive ggplot2 graphs". Plotly. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  17. ^ "Online, interactive Igor Pro graphs". Plotly. Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  18. ^ "Plotly". Google Chrome Store. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  19. ^ "Open source announcement". Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  20. ^ "plotly.js". Plotly. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  21. ^ "Plotly Enterprise". Plotly. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  22. ^ Machlis, Sharon (November 6, 2013). "Beauty and brains: Plotly combines dataviz and serious statistical analysis". Computer World. 

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