{ggiraph} makes ‘ggplot’ graphics interactive.

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ggiraph logo {ggiraph} is a tool that allows you to create dynamic ggplot graphs. This allows you to add tooltips, hover effects and JavaScript actions to the graphics. The package also allows the selection of graphical elements when used in shiny applications.

Interactivity is added to ggplot geometries, legends and theme elements, via the following aesthetics:

Why use {ggiraph}

Under the hood, {ggiraph} is an htmlwidget and a ggplot2 extension. It allows graphics to be interactive, by exporting them as SVG documents and using special attributes on the various elements.


With R and R Markdown

The things you need to know to create an interactive graphic :

data <- mtcars
data$carname <- row.names(data)

gg_point = ggplot(data = data) +
    geom_point_interactive(aes(x = wt, y = qsec, color = disp,
    tooltip = carname, data_id = carname)) + 

girafe(ggobj = gg_point)

With Shiny

Available interactive layers

They are several available interactive geometries, scales and other ggplot elements. Almost all ggplot2 elements can be made interactive with {ggiraph}. They are all based on their ggplot version, same goes for scales and the few guides: geom_point_interactive(), geom_col_interactive(), geom_tile_interactive(), scale_fill_manual_interactive(), scale_discrete_manual_interactive(), guide_legend_interactive(), …

You can also make interactive annotations, titles and facets (see help(interactive_parameters)).


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Online documentation

The help pages are located at https://davidgohel.github.io/ggiraph/.

Getting help

If you have questions about how to use the package, visit Stackoverflow and use tags ggiraph and r Stackoverflow link! We usually read them and answer when possible.

Contributing to the package

Bug reports

When you file a bug report, please spend some time making it easy for me to follow and reproduce. The more time you spend on making the bug report coherent, the more time I can dedicate to investigate the bug as opposed to the bug report.

Contributing to the package development

A great way to start is to contribute an example or improve the documentation.

If you want to submit a Pull Request to integrate functions of yours, provide if possible:

By using rhub (run rhub::check_for_cran()), you will see if everything is ok. When submitted, the PR will be evaluated automatically with Github Action and you will be able to see if something broke.