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Graphick (a bad play on words of 'graph' and 'quick') is a utility to make generating and maintaining performance analysis graphs for applications much faster.

It has a straightforward DSL for defining data sources and data filters, and caches data and graphs based on the command and parameters so graphs can be added or changed without regenerating all of the graphs specified in the file.


The following generates a graph of 1..10 to the corresponding multiple of 6.

command echo "6 * $num" | bc
title Multiples of six

varying envvar num sequence 1 to 10
data output

Rendering of above graph definition

Every graphick file must have a command line. After the word command should follow the command that generates the data you are interested in.

Then, you can use a combination of varying and data directives to define what variables and data your application accepts / outputs, and optionally filtering directives to skip certain output lines.

For example, if you had a program that printed comma-separated pairs of ascending numbers along and the time it took to generate them, such as:

1, 0.3
2, 0.8
3, 1.6
4, 6.4

and you want to graph the time it takes to generate powers of two, you can use the following Graphick script:

command program
title Time to generate powers of two

filtering column 1 separator , in vals 2 4 8 16 32 64
data output column 1 separator ,
data output column 2 separator ,

Series example

If you have many series of data, and want to be able to contrast it on a graph, you can use the series modifier.

If it sees a third varying or data directive, and it is marked as series, Graphick will wrangle your data to produce a graph which has a line for each entry of the corresponding variable. For example, we have a program in examples/pairwise.rb which, given a number, outputs the ten times table of that number, e.g.:

examples/pairwise.rb 5

Using the following Graphick script:

command ./pairwise.rb $num
title Multiplication Tables

varying series envvar num sequence 10 to 15
data output column 1 separator ,
data output column 2 separator ,

We can generate the following graph:

Rendering from the above script

Arbitrary post-processing

Sometimes the resultant data from variables and program output is insufficient to generate the desired graphs.

Graphick supports post-processing the data, so it can be re-written in terms of itself.

Currently, only the y-axis can be post-processed but adding support for the x-axis and series should be trivial (PRs welcome).

This is done using the postprocess_y directive:

command example

varying series ...

# x, y and s (series / data group / line) are automatically defined
# y = x + y + s
postprocess_y x + y + s

# x axis
data ...
# y axis
data ...


More formally, the syntax is as follows

command       ::= command COMMAND TO RUN
title         ::= title TITLE OF GRAPH
x_label       ::= x_label X AXIS LABEL
y_label       ::= y_label Y AXIS LABEL
series_label  ::= series_label SERIES LABEL (FORMAT STRING)
output        ::= output GRAPH OUTPUT FILE NAME
filtering     ::= filtering <selector> <filter>
varying       ::= varying [series] (envvar VARIABLE_NAME | $variable) <values>
data          ::= data [series] output <selector>
postprocess_y ::= ARBITRARY RUBY CODE

filter        ::= not <filter>
                | in <values>
values        ::= sequence NUMBER to NUMBER
                | vals (VALUE )+
selector      ::= column NUMBER separator SEPARATOR


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'graphick'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install graphick


TODO: Write usage instructions here


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at[USERNAME]/graphick.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.


Generate reproducible graphs quickly with a simple DSL




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