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scatterD3 is an HTML R widget for interactive scatter plots visualization. It is based on the htmlwidgets R package and on the d3.js javascript library.


Here is a small preview of what you will get :


The visual guide gives a list of features and examples.


Install from CRAN :


Or from Github for the latest development version :



Quick example of the scatterD3 function based on the mtcars dataset :

mtcars$names <- rownames(mtcars)
scatterD3(data = mtcars, x = wt, y = mpg, lab = names,
          col_var = cyl, symbol_var = am,
          xlab = "Weight", ylab = "Mpg", col_lab = "Cylinders",
          symbol_lab = "Manual transmission")

See the visual guide for a step-by-step guide and details about the different function arguments.

scatterD3 provides a built-in SVG export of the current widget view. As an HTML widget, you can also include it in an Rmarkdown HTML document while keeping its interactive features.

Shiny integration

Like every R HTML widget, shiny integration is straightforward. But as a D3 widget, scatterD3 is updatable : changes in settings or data can be displayed via smooth transitions instead of a complete chart redraw, which can provide interesting visual clues.

Furthermore, scatterD3 provides some additional handlers and callback hooks for a more complete JavaScript interactivity and integration.

You can check the sample scatterD3 shiny app and the visual guide for a better understanding of the different arguments.

Development notes

This package uses packer to manage JavaScript source code and dependencies. If you want to modify it, you’ll need a working installation of Node.js.

After cloning this repository, run the following in a terminal at the project root :

npm install --production=false

Then, if you modify the JavaScript code in srcjs, you’ll have to run the following command to bundle and update the widget JavaScript code :


If you want to ship a minimized production version, use :



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