A JavaScript module to arrange the nodes of a directed graph, diagram or network in 2D (JavaScript, EdnaScript)
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NetArranger is a JavaScript module that can arrange a directed graph, network or diagram in 2D so that the nodes are distributed evenly, and connected nodes are as close to each other as possible.

It moves the nodes in a way that connected nodes attract (linearly), while all nodes repulse each other (inverse linearly).

NetArranger is Copyright (C) 2014 Elod Csirmaz

This program is free software; you may redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the MIT License.

NetArranger screenshot

Check out NetArranger live in action at http://www.epcsirmaz.com/NetArranger/


  • Object-oriented code; can be used multiple times on a page
  • Click on a node to highlight outgoing connections
  • Drag nodes to help arrange the graph
  • Connections leave a node horizontally and arrive at the destination node vertically
  • Tools implemented to zoom in and out and scroll the viewport

Getting started

NetArranger uses jQuery and is written using EdnaScript. If you have downloaded the source, get the EdnaScript preprocessor from https://github.com/csirmaz/EdnaScript , and simply run make to compile NetArranger.js. Alternatively, download the compiled files directly from the latest release at https://github.com/csirmaz/NetArranger/releases/latest .

To use NetArranger, include jQuery, the NetArranger.css and NetArranger.js libraries in the HEAD section of a webpage, and define a DIV container in the body with an appropriate class or ID, for example,

<div id="board">

After the definition of the DIV, in a JavaScript block, call

mynetarranger = new NetArranger.Main(
   { // Data
      'nodelabel1' : { html:'<b>MyNode1</b>', css:'mycssclass', c:['nodelabel2']},
      'nodelabel2' : { html: 'Other Node' }
   { // Options

In the first object, list all the nodes in the graph and their connections. Each node has a label (which is not visible), followed by an inner object that has the following keys or properties:

  • html -- specifies the HTML displayed inside the node
  • css -- optional; CSS classes added to the node and outgoing connections
  • c -- optional; a list of labels representing the connections from the current node.

The second object lists options for NetArranger. Please see the sections below for more.

Please also see example.html for a full example.


All options are optional.

Key Meaning Default
board jQuery/CSS selector for the area to display the graph in #board
boardsize An array with 2 elements for the width and height of the board [500, 500]
zoom A number indicating the zoom level 5

Advanced options

Key Meaning Default
arranger_force Strength of the "force" keeping the nodes close to the origin -.01
attractor_force Strength of the "force" attracting connected nodes .008
init_heat Inital length of displacement 10
min_heat Length of displacement is reduced until it reaches this value, when the process stops .001
heat_reduction_time The "heat" is reduced when the nodes stop moving, and also after every N ms specified here. Increase the number for large graphs. 1000

JavaScript interactions

There are various methods one can call on the NetArranger.Main object to interact with the board. Call:

  • mynetarranger.zoom(true) to zoom in
  • mynetarranger.zoom(false) to zoom out
  • mynetarranger.scroll(true, false) to scroll left
  • mynetarranger.scroll(true, true) to scroll right
  • mynetarranger.scroll(false, false) to scroll up
  • mynetarranger.scroll(false, true) to scroll down
  • mynetarranger.resetheat() to continue arranging with the original speed