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ApexCharts vs Plotly: What are the differences?

Developers describe ApexCharts as "📊 Interactive SVG Charts for React and Vue.js". A modern JavaScript charting library to build interactive charts and visualizations with simple API. On the other hand, Plotly is detailed as "The Web's fastest growing charting libraries". Plotly.js is the only open-source JavaScript library for data visualization in the sciences and engineering. Open-source interfaces to Plotly.js are available for Python, R, MATLAB, and React.

ApexCharts and Plotly can be categorized as "Charting Libraries" tools.

ApexCharts and Plotly are both open source tools. Plotly with 10.4K GitHub stars and 1.21K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than ApexCharts with 6.57K GitHub stars and 295 GitHub forks.

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Pros of ApexCharts
Pros of Plotly.js
  • 3
    Interactive charts
  • 3
    Graphs renders in SVG
  • 3
    Open source with MIT license
  • 3
    Provides zooming capabilities
  • 1
    Multiple chart types such as pie, bar, line and others
  • 16
    Bindings to popular languages like Python, Node, R, etc
  • 10
    Integrated zoom and filter-out tools in charts and maps
  • 9
    Great support for complex and multiple axes
  • 8
    Powerful out-of-the-box featureset
  • 6
    Beautiful visualizations
  • 4
    Active user base
  • 4
    Impressive support for webgl 3D charts
  • 3
    Webgl chart types are extremely performant
  • 3
    Charts are easy to share with a cloud account
  • 2
    Publication quality image export
  • 2
    Easy to use online editor for creating plotly.js charts
  • 2
    Interactive charts

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Cons of ApexCharts
Cons of Plotly.js
  • 4
    Slow rendering
  • 16
    Terrible document

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What is ApexCharts?

A modern JavaScript charting library to build interactive charts and visualizations with simple API.

What is Plotly.js?

It is a standalone Javascript data visualization library, and it also powers the Python and R modules named plotly in those respective ecosystems (referred to as and Plotly.R). It can be used to produce dozens of chart types and visualizations, including statistical charts, 3D graphs, scientific charts, SVG and tile maps, financial charts and more.

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What are some alternatives to ApexCharts and Plotly.js?
It is a general scheme for data visualization which breaks up graphs into semantic components such as scales and layers.
Highcharts currently supports line, spline, area, areaspline, column, bar, pie, scatter, angular gauges, arearange, areasplinerange, columnrange, bubble, box plot, error bars, funnel, waterfall and polar chart types.
It is a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data. Emphasises on web standards gives you the full capabilities of modern browsers without tying yourself to a proprietary framework.
amCharts is an advanced charting library that will suit any data visualization need. Our charting solution include Column, Bar, Line, Area, Step, Step without risers, Smoothed line, Candlestick, OHLC, Pie/Donut, Radar/ Polar, XY/Scatter/Bubble, Bullet, Funnel/Pyramid charts as well as Gauges.
Google Charts
It is an interactive Web service that creates graphical charts from user-supplied information. The user supplies data and a formatting specification expressed in JavaScript embedded in a Web page; in response the service sends an image of the chart.
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