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Highcharts vs Plotly: What are the differences?

Developers describe Highcharts 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. 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.

Highcharts and Plotly belong to "Charting Libraries" category of the tech stack.

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, Plotly provides the following key features:

  • Feature parity with MATLAB/matplotlib graphing
  • Online chart editor
  • Fully interactive (hover, zoom, pan)

"Low learning curve and powerful" is the top reason why over 26 developers like Highcharts, while over 3 developers mention "Bindings to popular languages like Python, Node, R, etc" as the leading cause for choosing Plotly.

Highcharts and Plotly are both open source tools. Plotly with 10.3K GitHub stars and 1.2K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Highcharts with 8.75K GitHub stars and 2.31K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Highcharts has a broader approval, being mentioned in 213 company stacks & 38 developers stacks; compared to Plotly, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 10 developer stacks.

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 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 Highcharts and Plotly?
    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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    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.

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    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

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    Werarewe uses HighchartsHighcharts

    Makes dynamic graphing so much easier.

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    Wellzesta uses PlotlyPlotly

    Analytics presentation layer.

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    Arch Systems Inc uses HighchartsHighcharts

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