September 2017, “Staff Pick” Project of the Month – gnuplot

For our September “Staff Pick” Project of the Month, we chose gnuplot, a portable, multi-platform, command-line driven graphing utility.

Gnuplot is a famous scientific plotting package that features 2D and 3D plotting, interactive input or script-driven options, and a large set of scripted examples. It also supports many different types of output formats, namely:

  • interactive screen display: cross-platform (Qt, wxWidgets, x11) or system-specific (MS Windows, OS/2)
  • direct output to file: postscript (including eps), pdf, png, gif, jpeg, LaTeX, metafont, emf, svg, …
  • mouseable web display formats: HTML5, svg

Gnuplot was originally created to allow scientists and students to visualize mathematical functions and data interactively, but has grown to support many non-interactive uses such as web scripting. It is also used as a plotting engine by third-party applications like Octave.

Gnuplot has been included several times in our lists of Projects of the Week, and was previously chosen “Staff Pick” Project of the Month in September of 2015. To know more about gnuplot, visit their website:

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