5 Awesome Javascript Libraries for Data Visualization

April 2, 2021, 11:06 a.m.
JavaScript · 5 min read
5 Awesome Javascript Libraries for Data Visualization

Nowadays, almost every application we create requires or uses data to improve the features provided to users, and sometimes, the most amazing thing we can offer to the user is the data itself especially when it is represented in an aesthetically pleasing way. However, table and number charts are always tiring and exhausting to interpret, and building them by hand is time-consuming and just plain silly.

Here comes Data Visualization to our rescue, it can be both an art as well as science and there's an infinite number of freely available libraries on the internet, and finding the right one can be tough.

 

To help you get started and easily add beautiful data visualization to your application, we’ve put together a list of great, easy-to-use chart libraries that exemplify the perfect balance of these elements without being too clumsy or difficult.

 

C3.JS :

 

Simple yet flexible JavaScript charting for designers & developers, It's easy to get started with Chart.js. All that's required is the script included in your page along with a single <canvas> node to render the chart.

 

<canvas id="myChart"></canvas>

 

Now that we have a canvas we can use, we need to include Chart.js on our page.

<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/chart.js@2.8.0"></script> 

the learning curve is so simple with Chart.js, the different animation options are one of its best features and the number of ways available to any developer to implement the requirement is amazing, plus its compatibility for various screen size and media quires is great.

 

D3js

 

 

D3 helps you bring data to life using HTML, SVG, and CSS. D3’s emphasis on web standards gives you the full capabilities of modern browsers without tying yourself to a proprietary framework, combining powerful visualization components and a data-driven approach to DOM manipulation.

 

To link directly to the latest release, copy this snippet:

 

<script src="https://d3js.org/d3.v6.min.js"></script>

D3 has got great bells and whistles for creating visualizations and charts for data via JavaScript. It also works well with other wrappers like C3 and NVDA which build on top of it.

 

 

 Highcharts :

Highcharts JS is a JavaScript charting library based on SVG, with fallbacks to VML and canvas for old browsers that make it easy for developers to add interactive charts to web and mobile projects of any size.

Include the JavaScript files in the <head> section of your web page as shown below.

<script src="https://code.highcharts.com/highcharts.js"></script>

Highcharts API is really flexible based on well-designed fully customizable settings which can tweak your chart's nitty-gritty details. It also supports responsive design, which means you can define screen size-specific configurations and it will take care of how it will look on different devices. It can be integrated with Angular thanks to its official highcharts-angular wrapper.

Plotly-js :

Plotly.JS interactive charts rock, the charts are beautiful, and using Dash Bootstrap Components makes styling the user interface super-easy. Not having to learn JavaScript and React is incredible.

To use it, include the downloaded scripts before the end of the </head> tag in your HTML document:

 

<head>
	<script src="plotly-latest.min.js"></script>
</head>

It just makes sense, looks great, and is a lot of fun to work with, and you have also all features available as Open Source.

 

Chartist : 

 

 

Chartist.Js is a charting library. It provides a simple configuration override mechanism based on media queries, simple responsive charts.

The quickest way to get things up and running is by using the Chartist.js CSS files. The CSS is compiled from the Sass files with the default class names which are also configured in the JavaScript library. You can then override the default styles or modify the CSS file.

<head> <link rel="stylesheet" href="bower_components/chartist/dist/chartist.min.css"> </head> <body> <!-- Site content goes here !--> <script src="bower_components/chartist/dist/chartist.min.js"></script> </body>

This library is very light and very easy to setup. It doesn't have any other dependencies which make it extremely configurable and easy to use. Its open-source and documentation is very readable and clear for anyone to start customizing it. On top of it, it makes use of SVG, making the chart objects as handy as DOM objects. You can style it in your manner using the DOM hooks. It provides the basic charts.






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