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Highcharts vs Chart.js: What are the differences?

Highcharts: 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; Chart.js: Simple, clean and engaging charts for designers and developers. Visualize your data in 6 different ways. Each of them animated, with a load of customisation options and interactivity extensions.

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

Some of the features offered by Highcharts are:

  • It works in all modern mobile and desktop browsers including the iPhone/iPad and Internet Explorer from version 6
  • Free for non-commercial
  • One of the key features of Highcharts is that under any of the licenses, free or not, you are allowed to download the source code and make your own edits

On the other hand, Chart.js provides the following key features:

  • animated
  • HTML5 based
  • Responsive

Highcharts and Chart.js are both open source tools. Chart.js with 44.3K GitHub stars and 9.71K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Highcharts with 8.79K GitHub stars and 2.32K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Highcharts has a broader approval, being mentioned in 212 company stacks & 40 developers stacks; compared to Chart.js, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.

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I have used highcharts and it is pretty awesome for my previous project. now as I am about to start my new project I want to use other charting libraries such as recharts, chart js, Nivo, d3 js.... my upcoming project might use react js as front end and laravel as a backend technology. the project would be of hotel management type. please suggest me the best charts to use

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Darren Adams
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I've used Highcharts with both Angular Js Reactive applications (render as ReactJs) and also a bit of D3. Personally I found Highcharts to be the easiest to use but, with still quite a good level of customisability if you need it. graphs and charts then give D3 a try.

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Pros of Highcharts
Pros of Chart.js
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    Low learning curve and powerful
  • 15
    Multiple chart types such as pie, bar, line and others
  • 11
    Responsive charts
  • 8
    Handles everything you throw at it
  • 7
    Extremely easy-to-parse documentation
  • 4
    Easy to customize color scheme and palettes
  • 4
    Built-in export chart as-is to image file
  • 8
    Offers all types of charts
  • 5
    Interactive Charts
  • 3
    It's totally free

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Cons of Highcharts
Cons of Chart.js
  • 2
    Expensive
  • 9
    Slow rendering
  • 2
    Bitmap quality export
  • 1
    Low quality zoom plugin
  • 0
    It's totally free

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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.

What is Chart.js?

Visualize your data in 6 different ways. Each of them animated, with a load of customisation options and interactivity extensions.

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What tools integrate with Highcharts?
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What are some alternatives to Highcharts and Chart.js?
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.
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.
Tableau
Tableau can help anyone see and understand their data. Connect to almost any database, drag and drop to create visualizations, and share with a click.
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.
ECharts
It is an open source visualization library implemented in JavaScript, runs smoothly on PCs and mobile devices, and is compatible with most current browsers.
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