Plotly Python Library – Interactive, Browser-based Graphing Library for Python

Plotly’s Python browser-based graphing library makes interactive, publication-quality graphs and scientific visualizations online.

Built on top of plotly.js, is a high-level, declarative charting library. plotly.js ships with over 30 chart types, including scientific charts, 3D graphs, statistical charts, SVG maps, financial charts, and more.

Plotly graphs can be viewed in Jupyter notebooks, standalone HTML files, or hosted online on

Features include:

  • Works in online or offline mode, as well as Jupyter notebooks.
  • Create dashboards using the online creator or programmatically with Plotly’s python API. Dashboards can contain plots, text and webpage images. Dashboards can be public, private or secret independent of the plots inside them.
  • Embed plotly graphs with an iframe in HTML. This includes IPython notebooks, WordPress sites, dashboards, blogs, and more.
  • Upload data to Plotly from Python with the Plotly Grid API.
  • Convert supported matplotlib figures.
  • Built-in animation capability which is easy to use.
  • 3D plotting capability.
  • Not only a Python library. It’s also an R library, it’s a Julia library etc.
  • Geographical visualization.
  • Multi-language support.

Plotly is an online collaborative data analysis and graphing tool. The Python API allows you to access all of Plotly’s functionality from Python. Plotly figures are shared, tracked, and edited all online and the data is always accessible from the graph. Plotly provides a web-service for hosting graphs.

Support: Documentation, GitHub
Developer: Plotly, Inc
License: MIT License


Plotly is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

Return to Python Visualization Packages Home Page

Ongoing series
Linux for StartersNew to Linux? Read our Linux for Starters series.
Free and Open Source SoftwareThe largest compilation of the best free and open source software in the universe. Supplied with our legendary ratings charts.
Linux ReviewsHundreds of in-depth reviews offering our unbiased and expert opinion on software.
Alternatives to GoogleAlternatives to Google's Products and Services examines your options to migrate from the Google ecosystem with open source Linux alternatives.
Linux System ToolsEssential Linux system tools looks at small, indispensable utilities, useful for system administrators as well as regular users.
Linux ProductivityLinux utilities to maximise your productivity. Small, indispensable tools, useful for anyone running a Linux machine.
Home Computer EmulatorsHome computers became commonplace in the 1980s. Emulate home computers such as the ZX81, Amstrad CPC, and ZX Spectrum.
Now and ThenNow and Then examines how promising open source software fared over the years.
Linux at HomeLinux at Home looks at a range of home activities where Linux can play its part, making the most of our time at home, keeping active and engaged.
Linux CandyLinux Candy opens up to the lighter side of Linux. Have some fun!
Best Free Android AppsBest Free Android Apps. There's a strict eligibility criteria for inclusion in this series
Programming BooksThese best free books accelerate your learning of every programming language
Programming TutorialsThese free tutorials offer the perfect tonic to the free programming books series
Stars and StripesStars and Stripes is an occasional series looking at the impact of Linux in the USA
Share this article

Share your Thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.