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D3.js vs Highcharts: What are the differences?

Developers describe D3.js as "A JavaScript visualization library for HTML and SVG". 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. On the other hand, Highcharts is detailed as "A charting library written in pure JavaScript, offering an easy way of adding interactive charts to your web site or web application". 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.

D3.js and Highcharts can be primarily classified as "Charting Libraries" tools.

"Beautiful visualizations" is the top reason why over 168 developers like D3.js, while over 26 developers mention "Low learning curve and powerful" as the leading cause for choosing Highcharts.

D3.js and Highcharts are both open source tools. It seems that D3.js with 85.8K GitHub stars and 21K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Highcharts with 8.79K GitHub stars and 2.32K GitHub forks.

Square, Coinbase, and New Relic are some of the popular companies that use D3.js, whereas Highcharts is used by Klout, Treehouse, and Webedia. D3.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 531 company stacks & 91 developers stacks; compared to Highcharts, which is listed in 212 company stacks and 40 developer stacks.

What is D3.js?

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.

What is Highcharts?

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.
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    What are some alternatives to D3.js and Highcharts?
    three.js
    It is a cross-browser JavaScript library and Application Programming Interface used to create and display animated 3D computer graphics in a web browser.
    Chart.js
    Visualize your data in 6 different ways. Each of them animated, with a load of customisation options and interactivity extensions.
    amCharts
    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.
    Plotly
    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.
    C3.js
    c3 is a D3-based reusable chart library that enables deeper integration of charts into web applications.
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    Decisions about D3.js and Highcharts
    Tim Abbott
    Tim Abbott
    Founder at Zulip · | 5 upvotes · 23.4K views
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    Plotly
    Plotly
    D3.js
    D3.js

    We use Plotly (just their open source stuff) for Zulip's user-facing and admin-facing statistics graphs because it's a reasonably well-designed JavaScript graphing library.

    If you've tried using D3.js, it's a pretty poor developer experience, and that translates to spending a bunch of time getting the graphs one wants even for things that are conceptually pretty basic. Plotly isn't amazing (it's decent), but it's way better than than D3 unless you have very specialized needs.

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    Reviews of D3.js and Highcharts
    Avatar of DaneLyons
    Cofounder
    Review ofD3.jsD3.js

    There is so much to like about D3js. It's Javascript, SVG, interactive, it's flexible, fairly well documented...definitely one of the most powerful tools in my webdev toolbox. On top of all that, I occasionally use D3 to produce my version of art.

    How developers use D3.js and Highcharts
    Avatar of datapile
    datapile uses D3.jsD3.js

    D3.js is an amazing library for doing visualizations, charts/graphs, etc. We are experimenting with it for metric visualizations, marketing graphs/charts, and basically anywhere we could use this amazing library.

    Avatar of Software Antelope
    Software Antelope uses D3.jsD3.js

    Creating online data visualizations to illustrate your potential or interact in new ways with your users. Including transistions, animations and graphs.

    Avatar of Kent Steiner
    Kent Steiner uses D3.jsD3.js

    Charts, charts, charts. Data visualizations are a great way to communicate information to people who need to know it, quickly and concisely.

    Avatar of papaver
    papaver uses HighchartsHighcharts

    used highcharts for my charting needs on and off for various clients through out the years. just it recently on a project.

    Avatar of Reactor Digital
    Reactor Digital uses HighchartsHighcharts

    Translating saved user data that's returned from the database into useful, visually appealing user feedback.

    Avatar of MOKA Analytics
    MOKA Analytics uses HighchartsHighcharts

    Highcharts provided the best tradeoff between customization and pre-built chart coverage

    Avatar of MOKA Analytics
    MOKA Analytics uses D3.jsD3.js

    We use D3 for creating custom charts that aren't available in off-the-shelf libraries

    Avatar of Clarabridge Engage
    Clarabridge Engage uses D3.jsD3.js

    Several of the visualisations in our Insights pages use D3.js as their engine.

    Avatar of Werarewe
    Werarewe uses HighchartsHighcharts

    Makes dynamic graphing so much easier.

    Avatar of Arch Systems Inc
    Arch Systems Inc uses HighchartsHighcharts

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