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11 of the Best Free Linux Plotting Tools

11 of the Best Free Linux Plotting Tools

A plotting tool is computer software which helps to analyze and visualize data, often of a scientific nature. Using this type of software, users can generate plots of functions, data and data fits. Software of this nature typically includes additional functionality, such as data analysis functions including curve fitting.

A good plotting tool is very important for generating professional looking graphics for inclusion in academic papers. However, plotting tools are not just useful for academics and scientists. Many users will need to plot graphs on occasions.

Fortunately, Linux is well endowed with plotting software. There are some heavyweight commercial Linux applications which include plotting functionality. These include MATLAB, Maple, and Mathematica. However, we are fervent advocates of open source software. The purpose of this article is to help promote open source plotting tools that are available. One package which has not been included below but which deserves a mention is Graphviz (short for Graph Visualization Software).

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 11 excellent plotting tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone interested in producing high quality graphs.

Now, let's explore the 11 plotting tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software in action, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.

Plotting tools
gnuplot Command-line driven interactive plotting program
Ctioga Command-line plotting utility
LabPlot Data plotting and function analysis tool for KDE
matplotlib Python based plotting system in a style similar to Matlab
QtiPlot Fully fledged plotting software
ROOT Solves the data analysis challenges of high-energy physics
SCaVis Produces professional graphics and has many libraries for data manipulation
GLE Graphics Layout Engine
PLplot Scientific plotting library
RLPlot Generate publication quality graphs
Genius Educational tool in mathematics and for research

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