Looking for a pure Python chart drawing module

John Nagle nagle at animats.com
Tue Sep 15 19:25:11 CEST 2009

I'm looking for something that can draw simple bar and pie charts
in Python.  I'm trying to find a Python package, not a wrapper for
some C library, as this has to run on both Windows and Linux
and version clashes are a problem.

Here's the list from the Python wiki at
Almost all the options are really wrappers for some other
package in C/C++.

* Matplotlib -- wrapper for Antigrain, written in C/C++
* Veusz -- requires PyQt from http://www.riverbankcomputing.co.uk/pyqt, which 
is in C/C++	
* Chaco -- requires binaries for Enthought Tool Suite
* ScientificPython - uses mix of C, C++, and FORTRAN.
* Gnuplot module -- wrapper for GNUPLOT
* plot_wrap - wrapper for GNU plotutils
* BLT - "tcltk.com" link goes to a domain squatter site.
* PyQT - wrapper for Qwt C++ library
* DISLIN - interface to C++ DISLIN system
* Mayavi - interface to Mayavai2, standalone program
* gdmodule GD - python wrapper for the GD library.
* Gist - wrapper for gist graphics library
* pgplot - Wrapper for pgplot.
* Py-OpenDX - wrapper for IBM Data Explorer
* VTK - wrapper for VTK in C++
* RPy - wrapper for R programming lnaguage
* PyX - wrapper for Tex.
* Biggles - wrapper for C++ module
* Pychart - 100% Python, but last updated 21-Dec-2005.
* PyNGL - uses PyNIO, which is in C
* pygooglechart - Python interface to the Google Chart LookinAPI, only works in 

So, for pure Python, Pychart is it.  I'll have to try it and see if it still

				John Nagle

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