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ApexCharts vs Chart.js: What are the differences?

ApexCharts and Chart.js are both popular JavaScript libraries used for data visualization. While they serve the same purpose, there are several key differences that set them apart.

  1. Rendering: ApexCharts uses SVG for rendering charts, while Chart.js uses both SVG and HTML5 Canvas. This means that ApexCharts has better support for animations and smoother transitions between states compared to Chart.js.

  2. Features: ApexCharts offers a wide range of chart types including line charts, area charts, bar charts, scatter plots, and more. It also provides features like zooming, panning, and data filtering. In contrast, Chart.js has a simpler set of chart types and fewer advanced features.

  3. Customization: While both libraries offer customization options, ApexCharts provides a more extensive set of customization features. It allows you to easily change the appearance of various elements such as labels, axes, legends, tooltips, and data markers. Chart.js, on the other hand, has more limited customization options.

  4. Compatibility: ApexCharts is compatible with modern web browsers as well as mobile devices, making it suitable for creating responsive and mobile-friendly charts. Chart.js is also compatible with most browsers but may have some limitations on older versions or less common browsers.

  5. Documentation and Community: ApexCharts has a comprehensive documentation with detailed examples and guides, making it easier to learn and implement. It also has an active community that provides support and regularly releases updates. While Chart.js also has good documentation, it may not be as extensive as ApexCharts and its community may not be as active.

  6. Open Source: Both ApexCharts and Chart.js are open-source libraries, meaning they are free to use, modify, and distribute. However, the specific licenses and terms of use may vary, so it's important to review and comply with the respective licenses when using these libraries in your projects.

In summary, ApexCharts and Chart.js are both powerful JavaScript libraries for data visualization, but ApexCharts offers more advanced features, better customization options, and smoother animations. Chart.js, on the other hand, is simpler and easier to use, making it a good choice for basic charting needs.

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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
Senior Developer at Burning Glass Technologies · | 2 upvotes · 142.2K views

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 ApexCharts
Pros of Chart.js
  • 4
    Provides zooming capabilities
  • 4
    Interactive charts
  • 3
    Graphs renders in SVG
  • 3
    Open source with MIT license
  • 2
    Multiple chart types such as pie, bar, line and others
  • 19
    Offers all types of charts
  • 14
    Interactive Charts
  • 10
    It's totally free

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Cons of ApexCharts
Cons of Chart.js
  • 4
    Slow rendering
  • 12
    Slow rendering
  • 2
    Bitmap quality export
  • 1
    Low quality zoom plugin
  • 0
    It's totally free

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What is ApexCharts?

A modern JavaScript charting library to build interactive charts and visualizations with simple API.

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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