plot-lab: A plotting tool with Mathematica like Manipulation abilities

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Deprecated in favor of plot-gtk-ui, calculator

Mathematica has a nice plotting feature that allows for plotting of functions that depend on more than one variable, and then allows changing the value of the extra parameters to see real-time animated changes in the plot. This application attempts to provide the same for 2-D plots for free.

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Dependencies base (>=4.7 && <4.8), colour (>=2.3 && <2.4), gtk (>=0.13 && <0.14), hmatrix (>=0.16 && <0.17), plot (>=0.2 && <0.3), text (>=1.2 && <1.3), vector (>= && < [details]
License GPL-2.0-only
Author Sumit Sahrawat
Category Math
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Source repo head: git clone
Uploaded by sumitsahrawat at 2014-12-17T04:14:40Z
Reverse Dependencies 1 direct, 0 indirect [details]
Executables plot-lab
Downloads 2420 total (9 in the last 30 days)
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Work in Progress

An ambitious attempt to provide mathematica like dynamic plotting for free.

  • Written in haskell.
  • Based on plot (hackage) (github).
  • GUI written using gtk2hs (using gtk).
  • GUI designed using glade.
  • Also available at hackage.



The installation for gtk requires that gtk2hs-buildtools be installed, and the binary be in your $PATH. The below commands take care of that, without permanently changing the $PATH.

$ cabal update
$ cabal install gtk2hs-buildtools
$ env PATH="~/.cabal/bin:$PATH" cabal install plot-lab


  • Install gtk2hs with instructions from here.

  • Then use cabal to install plot-lab.

cmd> cabal install plot-lab


The window displays the sum of two gaussian distributions with sliders for mean and std. deviation. The plan is to add custom function input facilities and make it more interactive.

The package is too raw to be used with custom functions right now. Those with haskell knowledge might be able to make changes and get what they want.