Friday, January 6, 2012

Best jQuery Chart Libraries

In this article we listed best chart libraries that you can use in your projects. Most of them are free for personal and commercial use.

 Jquery GraphUp Plugin

“GraphUp is a very flexible and lightweight jQuery (v1.4+) plugin to spice up your data tables. It visualizes the values using color, bar charts and bubbles.” and only 4kB.

jQuery Highcharts

Highcharts is a really impressive jQuery Chart Library. In a few words Highcharts is compatible with most Browsers and even the iPhone; numerous chart types are supported; it is a dynamic plugin because you can add, remove and modify series, axes or points at any time after chart creation and you can load data from external files; tooltip labels are also supported which is great for detailed information in a point of a chart; zooming and last but not least all text labels can be rotated in any angle.


jqPlot is a plotting and charting plugin for the jQuery. jqPlot produces beautiful line, bar and pie charts with many features you can even add shadows and interact per drag&drop in the charts! It even automatically computes trend lines. We could compare it to highcharts in terms of features and functionality.


Flot is as the authors call it an “Attractive Javascript plotting for jQuery” which is true. The charts look simple and nice, it is easy to create charts and all settings are optional. Some key features of plot is turning series on/off, zooming, interacting with the data points and it integrates a simple tooltip feature.

jQuery Google Charting

The current version is 1.4.1 and is available under the GPL or MIT licenses.  Whilst the API itself is pretty simple to use (the format to generate graphs is to form a complex url with multiple query string parameters), the plugin goes one step further and actually forms that complex url for you, by allowing you to set the parameters you want with simple jQuery calls:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Another strong solution is ZinoUI Chart micro-library.

It supports line, area, pie, donut, bar, column, radar, candlestick, scater, bubble and spline charts. Free and commercial licenses are available.