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Highcharts vs CanvasJS : 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, *CanvasJS * is detailed as "Beautiful HTML5 Charts Library built on JavaScript & HTML5 Canvas Element". It runs across devices including iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Microsoft Surface, Desktops, etc. This allows you to create Rich Dashboards that work across devices without compromising on Maintainability or Functionality.

Highcharts and CanvasJS 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, CanvasJS provides the following key features:

  • Themes
  • Chart Types
  • Interactivity

Highcharts and CanvasJS are both open source tools. Highcharts with 8.97K GitHub stars and 2.34K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than CanvasJS with 2 GitHub stars and 2 GitHub forks.

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Pros of CanvasJS
Pros of Highcharts
  • 2
    30+ Chart Types
  • 1
    Works across Devices and Browsers
  • 1
    Well Documented
  • 1
    Simple API
  • 1
    Responsive Charts
  • 1
    Performance
  • 1
    Exporting as Image
  • 1
    Low learning curve
  • 1
    Easy Customization
  • 32
    Low learning curve and powerful
  • 14
    Multiple chart types such as pie, bar, line and others
  • 11
    Responsive charts
  • 8
    Handles everything you throw at it
  • 7
    Extremely easy-to-parse documentation
  • 4
    Easy to customize color scheme and palettes
  • 4
    Built-in export chart as-is to image file

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Cons of CanvasJS
Cons of Highcharts
  • 1
    It's not free
  • 2
    Expensive

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What is CanvasJS ?

Lightweight, Beautiful & Responsive Charts that make your dashboards fly even with millions of data points! Self-Hosted, Secure & Scalable charts that render across devices.

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.

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What are some alternatives to CanvasJS and Highcharts?
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 Plotly.py 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.
FusionCharts
It is the most comprehensive JavaScript charting library, with over 100+ charts and 2000+ maps. Integrated with all popular JavaScript frameworks and server-side programming languages. Create interactive JavaScript charts for your web and enterprise applications.
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.
Chart.js
Visualize your data in 6 different ways. Each of them animated, with a load of customisation options and interactivity extensions.
Matplotlib
It is a Python 2D plotting library which produces publication quality figures in a variety of hardcopy formats and interactive environments across platforms. It can be used in Python scripts, the Python and IPython shells, the Jupyter notebook, web application servers, and four graphical user interface toolkits.
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How developers use CanvasJS and Highcharts
papaver uses
Highcharts

used highcharts for my charting needs on and off for various clients through out the years. just it recently on a project.

Reactor Digital uses
Highcharts

Translating saved user data that's returned from the database into useful, visually appealing user feedback.

MOKA Analytics uses
Highcharts

Highcharts provided the best tradeoff between customization and pre-built chart coverage

Werarewe uses
Highcharts

Makes dynamic graphing so much easier.