termplotlib VS sixel-gnuplot

Compare termplotlib vs sixel-gnuplot and see what are their differences.


:chart_with_upwards_trend: Plotting on the command line (by nschloe)


GNUplot with sixel support (by csdvrx)
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Posts with mentions or reviews of termplotlib. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-12-08.


Posts with mentions or reviews of sixel-gnuplot. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-01-27.
  • Forking Chrome to Render in a Terminal
    11 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 27 Jan 2023
    sixel-tmux works literally anywhere you can use tmux: as long you can display unicodes on your terminal, the sixels will be "captured" by sixel-tmux and converted into something you can see. Sixels are in-band, so ssh isn't a problem.

    In a way, using sixel-tmux is like "giving magical goggles" to your terminal, to let it render sixels so you can see something (even if it isn't perfect), in the hope you'll be tempted to use a better terminal that will show you sixels in all their glory, with a pixel perfect quality.

    Sixels enable all kind of cool things, like gnuplot right in your terminal (cf https://github.com/csdvrx/sixel-gnuplot ): sometimes I even watch youtube on my terminal lol

    sixel-tmux was made as a first step towards turning derasterize into a more general library: my plan was to add it to nnn but I got bored along the way and moved to other stuff. I might still do that I I love nnn as a filemanager.

    BTW, even if there have been quite a few interesting work by @hpa and others in the last 2 years, I think derasterize still has textmode supremacy. derasterize is a collab with @jart after I started adding features to her previous solutions which was based on half blocks like this solution; she's also made further work based on this like https://justine.lol/printimage.html and https://justine.lol/printvideo.html

  • WordPerfect for Unix (1992) used sixel graphics
    7 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 18 Jul 2022
    That's also my main usecase: doing plots with gnuplot

    A few years ago, it wasn't compiled by default in the debian packages so I released binaries: https://github.com/csdvrx/sixel-gnuplot

  • termplotlib: Plots in the terminal
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/commandline | 8 Dec 2021
    and sixel support can be made to work with this: https://github.com/csdvrx/sixel-gnuplot

What are some alternatives?

When comparing termplotlib and sixel-gnuplot you can also consider the following projects:

itermplot - An awesome iTerm2 backend for Matplotlib, so you can plot directly in your terminal.

pypi-command-line - A powerful, colorful, beautiful command-line-interface for pypi.org

feedgnuplot - Tool to plot realtime and stored data from the commandline, using gnuplot.

starcli - :sparkles: Browse trending GitHub projects from your command line

rtv - Browse Reddit from your terminal