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The GNU plotutils package contains software for both programmers and technically oriented users. Its centerpiece is the libplot/libplotter, a C/C++ function lib for exporting 2-D vector graphics in many file formats (including WebCGM format, recommended by the graphics Activity of the W3 Consortium). It can also do vector graphics animations, has thread-safe APIs, and supports the use of Posix threads (if available). The program also contains the following command-line programs for plotting scientific data:

  • graph- plots 2-D datasets or data streams in real time
  • plot- translates metafile formats to any of the other formats
  • tek2plot- translates legacy Tektronix data to any of the above formats
  • pic2plot- translates the pic language to any of the other formats
  • plotfont- displays character maps of the fonts available in the above formats.
  • spline- spline interpolation of data
  • ode- numerically integrates ordinary differential equations


User manual included; User manual available from

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Download version 2.4.1 (stable)
released on 15 July 2000


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GPLJanet Casey31 January 2001

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