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D3.js vs Chart.js: What are the differences?

D3.js: A JavaScript visualization library for HTML and SVG. 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: Simple, clean and engaging charts for designers and developers. Visualize your data in 6 different ways. Each of them animated, with a load of customisation options and interactivity extensions.

D3.js and Chart.js can be categorized as "Charting Libraries" tools.

D3.js and Chart.js are both open source tools. It seems that D3.js with 85.8K GitHub stars and 21K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Chart.js with 44.3K GitHub stars and 9.71K GitHub forks.

Coursera, Square, and Zalando are some of the popular companies that use D3.js, whereas Chart.js is used by stage.gg, CROPTI, and Boltzap. D3.js has a broader approval, being mentioned in 531 company stacks & 91 developers stacks; compared to Chart.js, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.

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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
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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 D3.js
Pros of Chart.js
  • 182
    Beautiful visualizations
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    Svg
  • 91
    Data-driven
  • 80
    Large set of examples
  • 60
    Data-driven documents
  • 23
    Visualization components
  • 20
    Transitions
  • 18
    Dynamic properties
  • 14
    Plugins
  • 11
    Transformation
  • 6
    Makes data interactive
  • 4
    Components
  • 4
    Enter and Exit
  • 3
    Open Source
  • 3
    Exhaustive
  • 3
    Backed by the new york times
  • 2
    Kris
  • 2
    Easy and beautiful
  • 1
    Angular 4
  • 1
    Simple elegance
  • 1
    Templates, force template
  • 1
    Awesome Community Support
  • 9
    Offers all types of charts
  • 5
    Interactive Charts
  • 3
    It's totally free

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Cons of D3.js
Cons of Chart.js
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    Beginners cant understand at all
  • 5
    Complex syntax
  • 9
    Slow rendering
  • 2
    Bitmap quality export
  • 1
    Low quality zoom plugin
  • 0
    It's totally free

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What is 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.

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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What are some alternatives to D3.js and Chart.js?
three.js
It is a cross-browser JavaScript library and Application Programming Interface used to create and display animated 3D computer graphics in a web browser.
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.
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.
Python
Python is a general purpose programming language created by Guido Van Rossum. Python is most praised for its elegant syntax and readable code, if you are just beginning your programming career python suits you best.
Tableau
Tableau can help anyone see and understand their data. Connect to almost any database, drag and drop to create visualizations, and share with a click.
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