D3.js vs Plotly: What are the differences?
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.
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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.
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.
Creating online data visualizations to illustrate your potential or interact in new ways with your users. Including transistions, animations and graphs.
Charts, charts, charts. Data visualizations are a great way to communicate information to people who need to know it, quickly and concisely.
We use D3 for creating custom charts that aren't available in off-the-shelf libraries
Several of the visualisations in our Insights pages use D3.js as their engine.