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RAWGraphs is an open web tool to create custom vector-based visualizations on top of the amazing d3.js library. It has been developed by DensityDesign Research Lab (Politecnico di Milano), Calibro and INMAGIK.

Primarily conceived as a tool for designers and vis geeks, RAWGraphs aims at providing a missing link between spreadsheet applications (e.g., LibreOffice Calc, Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, Google Docs) and vector graphics editors (e.g., Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator).

RAWGraphs works with tabular data (e.g., spreadsheets and comma-separated values) as well as with copied-and-pasted texts from other applications. Based on the SVG format, visualizations can be easily edited with vector graphics applications for further refinements or directly embedded into web pages.

Knowing the need to work with sensitive information, the data injected into RAWGraphs is processed only by the web browser: no server-side operations or storages are performed. No one will see, touch or copy your data!

RAWGraphs is also highly customizable and extensible, accepting new custom layouts defined by users. For more information about adding or editing layouts, see the Developer Guide.


The easiest way to use RAWGraphs is by accessing the most updated version on the official app page. However, RAWGraphs can also run locally on your machine: see the installation instructions below for know-how.


If you want to run your instance of RAWGraphs locally on your machine, be sure you have the following requirements installed. The following guide is for intermediate users (you will have to open your console and type some commands, it's better if you know what you are doing).


If you want to run your instance of RAWGraphs locally on your machine, be sure you have the following requirements installed.

Instructions (macOS)

In the terminal, navigate to the folder where you want to install the app and clone the RAWGraphs-app GitHub repository:

git clone

Browse the folder containing the repository:

cd rawgraphs-app

Install the needed dependencies through Yarn:

yarn install

Now you can run the project locally in development mode with the command:

yarn start

You can also build your own version and upload it on your server by running the command:

yarn build


Want to contribute to RAWGraphs's development? You are more than welcome! Start by forking the repository (the "Fork" button at the top-right corner of this page) and follow the instructions above to clone it and install dependencies. Then you can use Github's issues and pull requests to discuss and share your work. You will need to sign a Contributor License Agreement (CLA) before submitting. We adopted CLA to be sure that the project will remain open source. For more information, write us:

Publications / Citing RAWGraphs

If you have found RAWGraphs helpful in your research, or if you want to reference it in your work, please consider citing the paper we presented at CHItaly 2017.

you can read the full article in Green Open Access at the following link:

oa icon RAWGraphs: A Visualisation Platform to Create Open Outputs

Cite RAWGraphs:

Mauri, M., Elli, T., Caviglia, G., Uboldi, G., & Azzi, M. (2017). RAWGraphs: A Visualisation Platform to Create Open Outputs. In Proceedings of the 12th Biannual Conference on Italian SIGCHI Chapter (p. 28:1–28:5). New York, NY, USA: ACM.


 author = {Mauri, Michele and Elli, Tommaso and Caviglia, Giorgio and Uboldi, Giorgio and Azzi, Matteo},
 title = {RAWGraphs: A Visualisation Platform to Create Open Outputs},
 booktitle = {Proceedings of the 12th Biannual Conference on Italian SIGCHI Chapter},
 series = {CHItaly '17},
 year = {2017},
 isbn = {978-1-4503-5237-6},
 location = {Cagliari, Italy},
 pages = {28:1--28:5},
 articleno = {28},
 numpages = {5},
 url = {},
 doi = {10.1145/3125571.3125585},
 acmid = {3125585},
 publisher = {ACM},
 address = {New York, NY, USA},
 keywords = {Visualization tools, data visualization, open output, visual interface},


RAWGraphs is provided under the Apache License 2.0:

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