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D3.js vs Plotly: What are the differences?

D3.js: 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; Plotly: 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.

D3.js and Plotly can be categorized as "Charting Libraries" tools.

"Beautiful visualizations" is the top reason why over 168 developers like D3.js, while over 3 developers mention "Bindings to popular languages like Python, Node, R, etc" as the leading cause for choosing Plotly.

D3.js and Plotly are both open source tools. D3.js with 85.4K GitHub stars and 20.9K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Plotly with 10.3K GitHub stars and 1.2K GitHub forks.

New Relic, Weebly, and Repro are some of the popular companies that use D3.js, whereas Plotly is used by Wellzesta, Algo Edge Technologies, and ADEXT. D3.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 525 company stacks & 89 developers stacks; compared to Plotly, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 10 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 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.
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What are some alternatives to D3.js and Plotly?
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.
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.
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.
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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Decisions about D3.js and Plotly
Tim Abbott
Tim Abbott
Founder at Zulip | 6 upvotes 60.1K views
atZulipZulip
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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 Plotly
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 Plotly
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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.

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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.

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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.

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MOKA Analytics uses D3.jsD3.js

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

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Clarabridge Engage uses D3.jsD3.js

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

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Wellzesta uses PlotlyPlotly

Analytics presentation layer.

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