The open source JavaScript graphing library that powers plotly
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Built on top of d3.js and, plotly.js is a high-level, declarative charting library. plotly.js ships with 20 chart types, including 3D charts, statistical graphs, and SVG maps.

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Quick start options

Download the latest release

Latest Release on Github

and use the plotly.js dist file(s). More info here.

Clone the repo

git clone

and use the plotly.js dist file(s).

Install with npm

npm install plotly.js

and require plotly.js using CommonJS as var Plotly = require('plotly.js'); or use the plotly.js dist file(s).

Use the plotly.js CDN hosted by Fastly

<!-- Latest compiled and minified plotly.js JavaScript -->
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

<!-- OR use a specific plotly.js release (e.g. version 1.5.0) -->
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

<!-- OR an un-minified version is also available -->
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

and use the Plotly object in the window scope.

Read the Getting started page for more examples.


Starting in v1.15.0, plotly.js also ships with several partial bundles (more info here).

If you would like to manually pick which plotly.js modules to include, you can create a custom bundle by using plotly.js/lib/core, and loading only the trace types that you need (e.g. pie or choropleth). The recommended way to do this is by creating a bundling file:

// in custom-plotly.js
var Plotly = require('plotly.js/lib/core');

// Load in the trace types for pie, and choropleth

module.exports = Plotly;

Then elsewhere in your code:

var Plotly = require('./path/to/custom-plotly');

To learn more about the plotly.js module architecture, refer to our modularizing monolithic JS projects post.

Non-ascii characters

Important: the plotly.js code base contains some non-ascii characters. Therefore, please make sure to set the charset attribute to "utf-8" in the script tag that imports your plotly.js bundle. For example:

<script type="text/javascript" src="my-plotly-bundle.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Webpack Usage with Modules

Browserify transforms are required to build plotly.js, namely, glslify to transform WebGL shaders and cwise to compile component-wise array operations. To make the trace module system work with Webpack, you will need to install ify-loader and add it to your webpack.config.json for your build to correctly bundle plotly.js files.

Bugs and feature requests

Have a bug or a feature request? Please first read the issues guidelines.


Official plotly.js documentation is hosted on

These pages are generated by the Plotly documentation repo built with Jekyll and publicly hosted on GitHub Pages. For more info about contributing to Plotly documentation, please read through contributing guidelines.

You can also suggest new documentation examples by submitting a Codepen on with tag plotly-js.


Please read through our contributing guidelines. Included are directions for opening issues, using plotly.js in your project and notes on development.


  • Follow @plotlygraphs on Twitter for the latest Plotly news.
  • Follow @plotly_js on Twitter for plotly.js release updates.
  • Implementation help may be found on (tagged plotly-js) or on Stack Overflow (tagged plotly).
  • Developers should use the keyword plotly on packages which modify or add to the functionality of plotly.js when distributing through npm.
  • Direct developer email support can be purchased through a Plotly Pro plan.


This project is maintained under the Semantic Versioning guidelines.

See the Releases section of our GitHub project for changelogs for each release version of plotly.js.

Clients for R, Python, Node, and MATLAB

Open-source clients to the plotly.js APIs are available at these links:

GitHub repo Getting started
R / RStudio ropensci/plotly
Python / Pandas / IPython notebook plotly/
MATLAB plotly/matlab-api
node.js / Tonicdev / Jupyter notebook plotly/plotly-notebook-js
node.js cloud client plotly/plotly-nodejs
Julia plotly/Plotly.jl

plotly.js charts can also be created and saved online for free at


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Copyright and license

Code and documentation copyright 2017 Plotly, Inc.

Code released under the MIT license.

Docs released under the Creative Commons license.