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Python NVD3 - Chart Library for d3.js

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Description:Python-nvd3 is a wrapper for NVD3 graph library
D3:Data-Driven Documents
Maintainers:Areski & Oz
Contributors:list of contributors Latest Version Downloads Supported Python versions License Requirements Status

NVD3 is an attempt to build re-usable charts and chart components for d3.js without taking away the power that d3.js offers you.

Python-NVD3 makes your life easy! You write Python and the library renders JavaScript for you! These graphs can be part of your web application:

Want to try it yourself? Install python-nvd3, enter your python shell and try this quick demo:

>>> from nvd3 import pieChart
>>> type = 'pieChart'
>>> chart = pieChart(name=type, color_category='category20c', height=450, width=450)
>>> xdata = ["Orange", "Banana", "Pear", "Kiwi", "Apple", "Strawberry", "Pineapple"]
>>> ydata = [3, 4, 0, 1, 5, 7, 3]
>>> extra_serie = {"tooltip": {"y_start": "", "y_end": " cal"}}
>>> chart.add_serie(y=ydata, x=xdata, extra=extra_serie)
>>> chart.buildcontent()
>>> print chart.htmlcontent

This will output the following HTML to render a live chart. The HTML could be stored into a HTML file, used in a Web application, or even used via Ipython Notebook:

<div id="pieChart"><svg style="width:450px;height:450px;"></svg></div>
data_pieChart=[{"values": [{"value": 3, "label": "Orange"},
               {"value": 4, "label": "Banana"},
               {"value": 0, "label": "Pear"},
               {"value": 1, "label": "Kiwi"},
               {"value": 5, "label": "Apple"},
               {"value": 7, "label": "Strawberry"},
               {"value": 3, "label": "Pineapple"}], "key": "Serie 1"}];

nv.addGraph(function() {
    var chart = nv.models.pieChart();
    chart.margin({top: 30, right: 60, bottom: 20, left: 60});
    var datum = data_pieChart[0].values;
            chart.tooltipContent(function(key, y, e, graph) {
                var x = String(key);
                var y =  String(y)  + ' cal';
                tooltip_str = '<center><b>'+x+'</b></center>' + y;
                return tooltip_str;
        .x(function(d) { return d.label })
        .y(function(d) { return d.value });
    chart.height(450);'#pieChart svg')
        .attr('width', 450)
        .attr('height', 450)


Check out the documentation on Read the Docs for some live Chart examples!


Install, upgrade and uninstall python-nvd3 with these commands:

$ pip install python-nvd3
$ pip install --upgrade python-nvd3
$ pip uninstall python-nvd3


D3 and NvD3 can be installed through bower (which itself can be installed through npm). See and for further information. To install bower globally execute:

$ npm install -g bower

Note : you might prefer to save your npm dependencies locally in a package.json file.

Then in the directory where you will use python-nvd3, just execute the following commands:

$ bower install d3#3.3.8
$ bower install nvd3#1.1.12-beta

This will create a directory “bower_components” where d3 & nvd3 will be saved.

Note : you might prefer to save your bower dependencies locally in a bower.json file. You can also configure the directory where your bower dependencies will be saved adding a .bowerrc file in your project root directory.

Django Wrapper

There is also a django wrapper for nvd3 available:

IPython Notebooks

Python-NVD3 works nicely within IPython Notebooks (thanks to @jdavidheiser)

See the examples directory for an Ipython notebook with python-nvd3.


Python-nvd3 is licensed under MIT, see MIT-LICENSE.txt.


0.14.0 - (2015-12-09)

  • update project structure
  • remove setuptools from requirements

0.13.8 - (2015-04-12)

  • fix scatterChart

0.13.7 - (2015-04-06)

  • set format on x2Axis for focus

0.13.6 - (2015-04-06)

0.13.5 (2014-11-13)

  • Fix: color_list extra arguments is not mandatory on piechart

0.13.0 (2014-08-04)

  • User Jinja2 to create the JS charts

0.11.0 (2013-10-09)

  • allow chart_attr to be set as follow ‘xAxis’: ‘.rotateLabels(-25)’ this will turn into calling chart.xAxis.rotateLabels(-25)

0.11.0 (2013-10-09)

  • date setting is replaced by x_is_date
  • refactoring

0.10.2 (2013-10-04)

  • discreteBarChart support date on xAxis

0.10.1 (2013-10-03)

  • Remove $ sign in linePlusBarWithFocusChart

0.10.0 (2013-10-02)

  • Support new chart linePlusBarWithFocusChart

0.9.0 (2013-09-30)

  • Use Bower to install D3 and NVD3

0.8.0 (2013-08-15)

  • add NVD3Chart.buildcontent() by cmorgan (Chris Morgan)
  • Add show_labels parameter for Piechart by RaD (Ruslan Popov)

0.7.0 (2013-07-09)

  • Generalise the axis_formatting & add support for hiding the legend by nzjrs (John Stowers)
  • Fix #7 from DanMeakin, wrong str conversion of x-axis dates

0.6.0 (2013-06-05)

  • Add AM_PM function for x-axis on lineChart

0.5.2 (2013-05-31)

  • ScatterChat option to pass ‘size’: ‘10’ as argument of the series
  • Fix in for python3

0.5.1 (2013-05-30)

  • Fix multiChart with date

0.5.0 (2013-05-28)

  • Add color_list option on piechart

0.4.1 (2013-05-06)

  • Fix removed forced sorted on x-axis

0.4.0 (2013-04-28)

  • Add support for Python3

0.3.6 (2013-04-24)

  • Add custom dateformat var for tooltip

0.3.5 (2013-04-23)

  • Fix style

0.3.4 (2013-04-23)

  • Support for px and % on height and width
  • Add tag_script_js property to disable tag <script>

0.3.3 (2013-04-23)

  • Data series it now in javascript format

0.3.2 (2013-04-22)

  • Fix lineChart tooltip

0.3.1 (2013-04-19)

  • Option to change the color schemes
  • Set a specific color per serie

0.3 (2013-04-19)

  • Add tooltip support
  • Mix enhancement of APIs

0.2 (2013-04-16)

  • Proper project release including support for the following chart:

    lineWithFocusChart lineChart multiBarChart pieChart stackedAreaChart multiBarHorizontalChart linePlusBarChart cumulativeLineChart discreteBarChart scatterChart

0.1 (2013-04-08)

  • First release

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