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ECharts vs Highcharts: What are the differences?

What is ECharts? *A free, powerful charting and visualization library *. It is an open source visualization library implemented in JavaScript, runs smoothly on PCs and mobile devices, and is compatible with most current browsers.

What is Highcharts? 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.

ECharts and Highcharts belong to "Charting Libraries" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by ECharts are:

  • line graph
  • bar graph
  • scatter plot

On the other hand, Highcharts provides the following key features:

  • 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

ECharts and Highcharts are both open source tools. ECharts with 35.7K GitHub stars and 10.8K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Highcharts with 8.89K GitHub stars and 2.33K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Highcharts has a broader approval, being mentioned in 252 company stacks & 237 developers stacks; compared to ECharts, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 5 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
Senior Developer at Burning Glass Technologies · | 2 upvotes · 120.7K 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 ECharts
Pros of Highcharts
  • 7
    East to implement
  • 6
    Smaller learning curve
  • 5
    Free to use
  • 4
    Vue Compatible
  • 3
    Very customizable
  • 3
    Angular compatible
  • 2
    React compatible
  • 34
    Low learning curve and powerful
  • 17
    Multiple chart types such as pie, bar, line and others
  • 13
    Responsive charts
  • 9
    Handles everything you throw at it
  • 8
    Extremely easy-to-parse documentation
  • 5
    Easy to customize color scheme and palettes
  • 4
    Built-in export chart as-is to image file
  • 1
    Export on server side, can be used in email

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Cons of ECharts
Cons of Highcharts
  • 2
    Support is in chinese
  • 9

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