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Lightweight Charts vs Plotly: What are the differences?

Lightweight Charts: Financial charts built with HTML5 canvas. The library displays financial data as an interactive chart on your web page without affecting your web page loading speed and performance; 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.

Lightweight Charts and Plotly can be categorized as "Charting Libraries" tools.

Some of the features offered by Lightweight Charts are:

  • Open source
  • Responsive across devices
  • Touch-optimized

On the other hand, Plotly provides the following key features:

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

Lightweight Charts and Plotly are both open source tools. It seems that Plotly with 10.4K GitHub stars and 1.21K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Lightweight Charts with 607 GitHub stars and 53 GitHub forks.

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Pros of Lightweight Charts
Pros of Plotly.js
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    Open Source
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    Bindings to popular languages like Python, Node, R, etc
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    Integrated zoom and filter-out tools in charts and maps
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    Great support for complex and multiple axes
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    Powerful out-of-the-box featureset
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    Beautiful visualizations
  • 4
    Active user base
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    Webgl chart types are extremely performant
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    Impressive support for webgl 3D charts
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    Charts are easy to share with a cloud account
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    Interactive charts
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    Publication quality image export
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    Easy to use online editor for creating plotly.js charts

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Cons of Lightweight Charts
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      Terrible document

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    What is Lightweight Charts?

    The library displays financial data as an interactive chart on your web page without affecting your web page loading speed and performance.

    What is Plotly.js?

    It is a standalone Javascript data visualization library, and it also powers the Python and R modules named plotly in those respective ecosystems (referred to as and Plotly.R). It can be used to produce dozens of chart types and visualizations, including statistical charts, 3D graphs, scientific charts, SVG and tile maps, financial charts and more.

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