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chart-unit is a haskell chart library focusing on a small set of high-quality charts using native haskell. Here's a recent example, chock-a-block full of titles and legends (that needed testing):

Chart Types

So far, there are 8 major chart types:

Why the name chart-unit?

Most of the behind-the-scenes grunt work is scaling data, projecting points from one range to another, and computing position. A key to making these computations neat was one = Range -0.5 0.5 and one = Rect -0.5 0.5 -0.5 0.5 as the (multiplicative) units of a chart range. See numhask-range for a monologue.

What's with the funny names?

Charting is an age-old craft, and stuffed to the brim with cliche and jargon. I wanted to cut through the cruft of what is thought of as a chart (and charting has been dominated by excel for 30 years), and approach charting from a haskelly perspective. The funny names were the cohorts that popped out. A rough translation:

ye-old Chart type chart-unit type
line LineChart
line chart with markers GLineChart
scatter GlyphChart
pie pull requests welcome
heatmap PixelChart
Bar RectChart
Histogram RectChart
sparkline a skinny Aspect


The main chart types and the power of diagrams make it easy to invent new charts. Hrere's some inspiration (all code for these charts is in examples/sourceExamples.hs).


labelled bar

histogram diff

combined scatter histogram





stack build --test --exec "$(stack path --local-install-root)/bin/chart-source-examples" --exec "$(stack path --local-bin)/pandoc -f markdown -i other/ other/ -t html -o index.html --filter pandoc-include --mathjax" --file-watch