Data Analysis and Graphing Software

Introduction Origin is the data analysis and graphing software of choice for over half a million scientists and engineers in commercial industries, academia, and government laboratories worldwide. Origin offers an easy-to-use interface for beginners, combined with the ability to perform advanced customization as you become more familiar with the application. […]

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Origin is the data analysis and graphing software of choice for over half a million scientists and engineers in commercial industries, academia, and government laboratories worldwide. Origin offers an easy-to-use interface for beginners, combined with the ability to perform advanced customization as you become more familiar with the application.

Origin graphs and analysis results can automatically update on data or parameter change, allowing you to create templates for repetitive tasks or to perform batch operations from the user interface, without the need for programming. Extend the capabilities in Origin by installing free Apps available from our website. Connect with other applications such as MATLAB™, LabVIEW™ or Microsoft© Excel, or create custom routines within Origin using our scripting and C languages, embedded Python, or the R console.

Take your data analysis to the next level with OriginPro. In addition to all of Origin’s features, OriginPro offers advanced analysis tools and Apps for Peak Fitting, Surface Fitting, Statistics and Signal Processing. Features specific to OriginPro are marked with the PRO icon in this page. Visit the Origin v.s. OriginPro page to view a comparison table.

If you are upgrading from a previous version, visit our Top Features page to see what’s new in the latest version, or browse our Key Features by Version page.

Browse the sections below to learn more about Origin and OriginPro. Features available only in OriginPro are marked as PRO.


With over 100 built-in graph types and point-and click customization of all elements, Origin makes it easy to create and customize publication-quality graphs. You can add additional axes and panels, add, remove plots, etc. to suit your needs. Batch plot new graphs with similar data structure, or save the customized graph as graph template or save customized elements as graph themes for future use.


This is a box plot with mean points connected. The user can also connect median points, data points or other percentiles, using controls on the Connect Lines tab of the Plot Details dialog.


A 3D OpenGL Surface Plot with multiple surfaces stacked in one graph layer. The graph has been customized by assigning a unique plot style and a custom Z offset to each surface. Some surfaces are also rendered as flat.


New Density Dots plot of 2 million data points. Colormap represents data density computed using a fast algorithm.

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Graph Types

  • Column & Bar Charts: Basic, Stacked, Grouped
  • Floating Column & Bar Charts
  • Bridge Plot
  • 2D Pie and Doughnut Chart
  • Line Plot
  • Scatter Plot (with X,Y Error Bar, Column Scatter, Drop Lines, Color Map, Size Map)
  • Line + Symbol Plot
  • Density Dots Plot
  • Area Plot (Area, Stacked Area, Fill Area)
  • Multi-Axis & Multi-Panel Plots
  • Trellis Plot
  • Cluster Plot
  • Kite Diagram
  • Ternary & Piper Plots
  • Polar Plot
  • Radial Plot
  • Waterfall Plot
  • Contour & Heatmap
  • Vector Plot
  • Streamline Plot
  • Wind Rose Plot (Binned/Raw Data)
  • Spider Plot/Radar Chart
  • Smith Charts
  • Zoom Plot
  • Stock Plots
  • Profile Plot
  • Image Plot
  • 2D Function & Parametric Function Plots
  • Box Chart, Grouped Box Chart
  • Violin Plot
  • Histogram, Stacked Histograms
  • Marginal Box/ Histogram Chart
  • Histogram + Probabilities Plot
  • Scatter Matrix Plot
  • 2D Kernel Density Plot
  • Probability & Q-Q Plots
  • QC(Xbar-R) Chart
  • Pareto Chart
  • Parallel Plot
  • Sankey and Alluvial Diagrams
  • Population Pyramid
  • Before-After Plot
  • Bland-Altman Plot
  • Bullet Chart
  • 3D Symbol/Trajectory/Line/Vector Plot
  • 3D Bar Plot
  • 3D Surface Plot
  • 3D Function & Parametric Function Plots
  • 3D Ribbons/Walls Plot
  • 3D Waterfall Plot
  • 3D Ternary Plot
  • 3D Pie Chart
  • 3D Column Chart
  • 3D Ternary Plot (Scatter or Colormap Surface)
  • Tetrahedral Scatters/Lines/Line+Symbols
  • Voronoi Diagram
  • Correlation Plot
  • Paired Comparison Plot
  • Means Plot
  • Venn Diagram
  • Forest Plot
  • Polar/Ternary Kernel Density Plot
  • Poincare Plot
  • Andrews Plot
  • Manhattan Plot for GWAS
  • 3D Stacked Histograms
  • 3D Wall Profile
  • Zoomed Inset
  • Treemap Plot
  • Polyline Profile
  • Heat Map with Dendrogram
  • Marginal Abatement Cost Curve
  • Soil and Rocks Classification Diagrams
  • Piper Diagram
  • 3D Wind Ros
  • Isosurface Plot

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Multiple Axes and Panels

Multi-axis and Multi-panel Tempates

  • Built-in multi-axis and multi-panel templates, such as Double Y, Multiple-Y, 4-Panel, Vertical and Horizontal Stack Panels
  • Create your own multi-axes or multi-layer graphs and save as template for repeat use

Add, Arrange, Resize and Link Layers

  • Set layer units by percentage of page or in absolute units
  • Resize, align, switch, move, link, and re-order panels
  • Link layer position and dimension by ratio
  • Link axis in different layers by straight 1:1, formula or align at specified values
  • Use common axis scale in one direction for multi-panel graphs.
  • Evenly distribute layers
  • Customize Properties Across Graph Layers

Merge and Extract

  • Merge multiple independent graph windows into one graph
  • Extract multi-panel graphs into separate windows
  • Extract plots from a single layer into multiple layers

Layer heights of this stack graph are set to be proportional to y axis ranges, to better visualize the differences in Test-1, 2 & 3. This Set Layer Height by Common Scale option is available when merging individual graphs into one graph and when adjusting layers in an existing graph. A similar option controls layer width.


When merging individual graphs, check Treat Each Source Graph as a Unit to maintain the proper relationship of layers in individual graphs. In this example, each inset graph remains with its parent layer. An add labels option is also available to facilitate adding labels to each unit in the merged graph.


Options in Plot Details Layer tab enable users to automatically apply Layer, Plot, or Axis customizations made to one graph layer, to other layers on the page.


A multi-Y (3Y-YY) graph with three overlapping layers sharing a common X axis. Note that the Y axis line and label color matches the data plot.


Origin’s Graph toolbar lets you add layers to your graph, merge selected graphs, or extract data plots to separate layers or layers to separate graph windows, with the click of a button.


With multiple layers selected (pressing Ctrl key to select), Origin’s Object Edit toolbar enables you to align or evenly distribute the layers with the click of a button.


A multi-panel graph combining several layers of contour and line plots arranged flexibly. Note the inset layer on the bottom right panel. The top panel displays stacked lines by y offset allowing for easy comparison of multiple data plots.

Grouped Data Plot

Using grouped data, you can easily create multi-panelled graphs in Origin with a single click on the plot menu

  • Cluster Plot (Line, Scatter and Column)
  • Grouped Box Plot
  • Grouped Column/Scatter Plot
  • Various Types of Trellis Plots
> Scatter
> Line and Symbol
> Bridge Chart
> Box
> Double – Y
> Column/Bar
> Stacked Column/ Bar
> 100% Stacked Column/ Bars
> Floating Bar

Flexible configuration and customization options include

  • Control the style increments between or within the groups
  • Customize the gap between, or within the groups.
  • Add Gap between panels
  • Wrap panels
  • Overlap panels
  • Uniform or Independent X/Y Scale
  • By Drag-and-Drop Column Assignments (with Pre-installed App – Graph Maker)

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The user can easily create multi-panel graphs from grouped data with the Trellis plot.


Multi-layer Cluster Plot with option for independent X and Y scales. Easily change formatting of plots and other attributes in all layers by editing properties in one layer.


Grouped plots now support scatter plot with subgroup spacing. Scatter can then be combined with other plot types such as the column plot in this example.


Double-Y Trellis plot with two independent Y axes, each with its own scale settings.


The interactive, multi-panel Plot Details dialog box allows for quick editing of many important properties of your Origin graph.


In this graph, one dataset is plotted as a scatter graph + error bars. Because the data is dense, every other point is skipped using the Skip Points settings in Plot Details.

The other two datasets are plotted as grouped line plots for easy customization. Their corresponding error bars are drawn as transparent bands. Vertical and Horizontal drop lines are drawn from a point to the axes, with the x and y values labeled.


After finding all peaks in this graph, X positions of each peak are labeled. Origin auto re-positions the labels in the Y direction to avoid overlapping, and adds dashed blue leader lines to connect the label and its peak. The highest peak is customized to show as a red star, with both x and y values displayed.


  • Based on plot type, customize plot attributes such as symbol shape and size, line style and width, column and area pattern, transparency, etc.
  • Change exist plot type and mix different plot types in one graph
  • Change X or Y of the plot, drag to add new plot, remove plot, and change plot orders
  • Show or hide plot, all plots of same name, all plots in a layer
  • Skip points, connect lines across axis break or missing data, etc.
  • Projection of plot to planes in 3D graph


  • Over 100 built-in symbols and option to add user-defined shape
  • Add drop lines for 2D plots and 3D graphs


  • Over 10 line connection styles such as linear, segment line, step horizontal/vertical, various spline, etc.
  • 8 built-in line styles such as solid, dash, dot, etc. where dash can be defined

Fill Patterns

  • Over 100 build-in fill pattern types, including standard USGS geology patterns
  • Option to add user-defined fill patterns using emf files

Data Labels

  • Add data labeling to plot or a single point
  • Label as x, y coordinates, row indexing, column metadata or data/text from other columns
  • Auto-positioning of labels to avoid overlapping
  • Leader line from label to data points

Error Bar

  • Show error bar as bands with filled colors
  • Support asymmetric error bar
  • Allow skip point

Single Point and Multiple Plots Customization

  • Customize a single point.
  • Group multiple plots for easy customization
  • Offset plots in X and Y directions

Origin supports offsetting plots in the X and Y directions with no change in data values. Offset options include auto, cumulative, incremental, constant, and individual. In this graph we stacked curves with a pattern such as 0 -100 so each data pair stayed together. The color and style were customized to use repeated patterns. For such graphs, you can also drag a single curve to reposition it for comparison with another curve. The Legend is arranged in two columns and placed beside each plot pair.

Plot Modifiers

  • Customize plot attributes by modifier columns in the worksheet to create 3, 4, 5 dimensional plot.
    • Symbol color, shape, size and interior
    • Line color, style and thickness
    • Fill color and pattern
    • Data label color
    • Angle and Magnitude of 2D Vector
    • Column and box chart width, box chart position
  • For 3D colormap surface, set the color map by values of another matrix
  • Use indexing, color map of arbitrary values, or specific RGB values to assign color
  • Define the color, shape, style, pattern increment list
  • Legend can be customized to indicate such information
  • Save Match Modifier by column index, name, or other metadata properties in graph template

A color mapped bubble chart. This is essentially a scatter plot with modifiers for symbol size and color, set using other data columns. Notice the bubble legend on the top left of the graph. This unique feature in Origin allows for various configurations for this legend. The powerful Color Chooser dialog is displayed on the right side. This dialog has several options including the ability to load a list of pre-defined colors.


This graph displays the relative quantities of size fractions of unconsolidated sedimentary materials with depth below the ground surface. Hatch (Fill) pattern selection has been enhanced for Origin 2017, including the addition of entirely new “Geology” fill patterns.


The graph is an example of a sunburst chart. A sunburst has multiple levels (represented by different rings), across which you can see how a category is split into contributing sub-categories. The color-indexing of the rings is done by values from the same “Browser” column in the worksheet.


A surface plot created from XYZ data where the color map was based on a 4th data column. A custom XY boundary has also been applied to the plot.


A Double-Y plot allowing for easy comparison of two datasets. Note that the Y axes ticks and labels have the same color as the data plot they represent. Other features include scientific notation for labels in the right Y axis, special tick labels at user-specified axis positions, and an axis break in the X axis. Origin supports multiple special ticks and axes breaks.


In addition to support for multiple axis scale types such as linear, log10, and reciprocal, Origin supports creating scales using a custom formula. In this graph, the X axis scale was set using sqrt(x).


Positive and Negative Symmetrical Log Scale


This graph displays the NASDAQ composite index over a period of several years. Notice the X axis where in addition to the yearly tick marks, special ticks and labels have been placed to mark significant events during that time period. Each special tick label can be individually formatted.


  • Support multiple scale types such as linear, log10, Probability, Reciprocal ect
  • Positive and negative symmetrical log scale
  • User-defined axis scale type using formulas
  • Discrete scale type for skipping rows without data, therefore exclude weekends and holidays for financial data.

Major/ Minor / Special Ticks

  • Major and minor ticks can be set by increment, counts, from a dataset, from column label row, or at user-specified positions
  • Multiple Special Ticks with detailed tick and label formatting for each tick
  • Leader lines for special ticks

Axis Lines and Grid Lines

  • Independent control axis line, major ticks and minor ticks.
  • Additional axis line at any position to be used as baseline for column/bar plots and drop lines
  • Option to show axis and grids on top of data

Reference Lines

  • Multiple reference lines and shading between, in 2D graphs
  • Use statistical functions on plotted data, such as mean and standard deviation
  • Functions can be combined, such as mean+1.5*sd
  • Use custom equations or expressions to add lines based on axis scale values
  • Lines are saved in graph template for repeated use
  • Lines update when data changes

Tick Labels

  • Many tick label types from numeric, text, date, time, month, week, etc. with varioues display control.
  • Tick labels can be from a column of values or a combination of column labels
  • Wrap, rotate tick labels, position it at tick, next to tick or between two ticks.
  • Tick labels displayed as table, with flexible customization of table grid lines, text orientation and positioning
  • Flexible Minor Tick Label Display Format, separate from major ticks


  • Read title from metadata from plot
  • Customize axis title, including units for different conventions, e.g. curly brackets, square brackets, etc.


  • Supported axis break customization includes: break styles, define gap, break region, break position along axis, scale type and increment before/after break
  • Multiple Axis Breaks with customization of scale and tick labels of each individual segment, and control of break gaps

Multiple Axes Customization

  • Customize one axis at a time or multiple axes together
  • Copy axis format to other layer or graphs

Further Axes Customization

  • Isometric layer scaling to link axes length to scale by X/Y ratio (2D plots) and X/Y/Z ratio (3D plots)
  • Set Y axis color to follow plot color in multi-Y plots
  • Exchange X and Y axes

Engine torque speed map where performance is plotted as a contour plot with custom boundary defined by maximum torque line. Reference lines for various horse power values have been added using the expression: Torque=HP*5252/RPM


An Arrhenius plot of ln(k) versus 1/T. A linear regression on the Arrhenius plot will solve the intercept which corresponds to ln(A), and the slope which corresponds to -Ea/R. A linked secondary top axis is added to display temperature in degrees Celsius, using the formula: Xtop = (1 / Xbottom) – 273.15. The axis type is also set to non-linear with a custom formula.


In this grouped box chart, labels representing the group variables have been created using a table format. Options for customizing the table include placement above and below the layer, merging labels between subgroups, flexible border options, ticks, and fill colors.


By setting Axis type to Discrete, weekends and holidays are excluded in this Open-High-Low-Close-Volume Stock Chart. Minor tick labels are customized to show the first letter of the weekday while major tick labels show the date as M/d/yyyy.

Graph Legends and Color Scales

Update/Reconstruct Legend

Origin grants you the possibility to simply update or construct the legend for data plots. Some commonly used options are:

  • Reverse the order of the legend(s).
  • Wrap Text
  • Create one combined legend or separated legends for data plots in multi-layer graph.
  • Hide or show plot from legend(s)
  • Full control of legend entries customization
    • Add custom symbol and/or line
    • Customize properties such as size and thickness

Create one combined legend or separate legends for each set of data plots in a multi-layer graph. In addition, there are shortcut menu options to rearrange, reorder, or further customize the data plot legend.

Special Legends and Scales

Origin also has several special legends used with certain graph types. These legends and scales can be customized and updated similarly with a dialog

  • Categorical Values
  • Legend for Box Chart Components
  • Point by Point Legend
  • Color Scale
  • Linear or Nested Bubble Scale

This box chart includes a special box chart legend. This legend is auto-generated for box charts. Each legend entry refers to a box plot component: the box, whiskers, median or mean lines, percentiles, etc. In addition, the Legend Properties dialog lets you add custom entries to your legend for symbols and lines, by building the desired syntax using a dialog.


The Piper diagram (or Trilinear diagram) is used to plot chemistry of water samples for hydro-geological studies. Scatter point shape and color change for each sample. Sample ID is displayed next to each point and its color is matched to the sample point. A colorblind-safe color list is used (Origin includes two such built-in color lists). A bubble scale relates bubble size to total dissolved solids. A point-by-point legend identifies each sample point.


A scatter plot with modifiers for color and size, set using other data columns. Note the nested bubble scale legend at bottom left. The map image of the continental USA was added to the graph using the Maps Online App.


Worksheet column label row cells can display and store LaTeX strings. These strings can then be easily added to graph text objects, such as graph axis titles and legends.

In addition, an equation has been added using the free LaTeX App available from the OriginLab File Exchange. If you have MathType™ installed on your computer, you can use the Insert Equation button in the Tools toolbar to insert equations using MathType.


Graph Annotations

  • Add text, including plain text or text from data or metadata with rich text format.
  • Add graphic objects such as line, polyline, freehand draw tool, curve, arrows, circle, oval, square, rectangle, polygon, freehand region, etc.
  • Add special characters, superscript, and subscript notation
  • Add equations to your graph (MathType or LaTeX App)
  • Add an image from external file
  • Add and format tables
  • Add XY Scaler, asterisk brackets, date/time stamp, and project path

Editing the Objects

  • Align objects with each other or with graph layers
  • Distribute the objects evenly
  • Group multiple objects

Annotation at the beginning of each curve. A straight red line is added with specified wave number

3D Graphs

Origin supports plotting 3D graphs from XYZ data, XYY data, matrix data and virtual matrix. The OpenGL graphic technology brought unltrafast performance and more flexibility to customize your 3D graphs.

  • Rotate, resize and skew
  • Projection and dropline
  • Flatten or and shift in Z direction
  • Lightening
  • Transparency
  • Turn on/off planes, and show 4th plane
  • Scatter plots with X, Y, Z error bars
  • Plot from virtual matrix
  • 3D Basic and Stacked Bar Plot with error and labels

This graph displays the topology of Mount St. Helens before and after the volcanic eruption in 1980. The data are plotted as two color map surface plots in the same OpenGL graph layer, with the top surface offset along the Z axis. A light source has been added to illuminate the surface. Isometric scaling has been applied so that the X, Y and Z axis lengths reflect true relative distances.


This graph displays the population of different counties by fetching map data from a new WMS server and then plotting 3D bars on top of the map plane. The Maps Online app offers a few built-in map data sources for users to choose from. You can also add your own map source. With Origin, it is very easy to place 3D bars on a map using the Layer Contents dialog.


This graph displays a 3D color map surface plot of Lake Ontario region. A second dataset has been added as a transparent plane at the Z value corresponding to the water level. Origin supports free rotation of OpenGL graphs by simply holding down the R key and using the mouse. Additional options for rotating, resizing, stretching and skewing are available when the 3D graph layer is selected.


This plot shows a 3D scatter plot with x, y, z errors, and projections on three axis planes. The 3D scatter symbol is colormapped to another data column (population density). Symbols and error bars in each projection can be customized independently.


This is a 3D Colormap Surface with Projection, made possible by plotting the data twice: once as a 3D surface plot and a second time as a flat surface. The flat surface can be offset arbitrarily in the Z direction. The additional red and yellow curves in the XZ plane were added using XYZ datasets having a constant Y value.


The Polynomial Surface Fit app is a great tool for fitting XYZ data with polynomial equations of specified/maximum degree in X and Y, and ranking equations to determine best fit. Using a transparent surface and drop lines to surface instead of the bottom plane, you can show distances between the points and the surface.

Mini Toolbar

Origin supports Mini Toolbar for quick and easy operations on graphs and worksheet/matrix.

These toolbars are sensitive to the type of object selected. The buttons in the pop up provide access to all of the common customization options, so you can perform quick changes without opening complex dialogs.


Impressive Import Speed for Large Data

Importing large text files is easy and fast in Origin.

Import speed in Origin is a factor of 10 or more compared to Excel 2016, and compared to older versions of Origin. The gain in speed has been achieved by making full use of the processor’s multi-core architecture.


Importing Files

Origin supports more than 30 data formats including: ASCII, CSV, EXCEL, Binary, PCLAMP, CDF, DCF, HPF, EPA, EDF, BDF, REC, HYP, DAT, MDF, DAT, RAW, H5, HE5, HDF5, DAT, PXP, IBW, , DX, DX1, JDX, JCM, QDA, MAT, MTW, MPJ, mzData, mzXML, mzML, imzML, NC, DAT, TDM, TDMS, ABF, DAT, AB, SPE, PZFX, XML, JNB, SIE, WAV, SAV, SPC, CGM, BRUKER OPUS, ISF, and SAS7BDAT

  • ASCII import options include specifying delimiter. parsing header lines to extract metadata, partial import, support for date and time data
  • Many import formats support drag-and-drop import, re-import of file to update data, and option to execute script at the end of import for post processing
  • Save import settings as a theme file or save theme in worksheet for future import
  • Customize the Import menu to only display formats of interest to you

You can drag-and-drop data files onto the Origin interface to import them. Drag-and-drop is supported for most common file types, and can be further customized for additional or custom file types.

Data Connectors

  • Connect to a web file, or a file on your local PC or network, or database
  • File types supported: CSV, Excel, ASCII/Binary (using Import Wizard filters), HTML, JSON, MATLAB, Origin Projects ect
  • Select data to be imported, such as specific node in XML, table in HTML, or Sheet in Origin Project.
  • Data Navigator panel in worksheet to view and change subset of data to be imported
  • Connection and data selection information is saved in worksheet/workbook
  • Add connectors of same type to multiple worksheets in a workbook, and different connector types to multiple workbooks
  • When saving the Origin project, you can opt to leave out the imported data associated with all connectors, or specific connectors. This can help reduce project file size. All calculated results and graphs from results will not be cleared.
  • Re-import data from the source file any time. Make changes to source or to data selection at any time.
  • Database Connector dialog enables various options for connecting database
  • More data connectors available for download from the App Center or from Data menu.

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Working with Excel

You can copy and paste data from Excel to Origin with full precision.

You can import XLS, XLSX & XLSM files into Origin. Starting with Origin 2017, you no longer need to have MS Excel installed to import these file types. Origin provides the following options for Excel file import:

  • Specify rows for column name, units, comments and other metadata, and apply same settings for multiple sheets
  • Importing specified columns/rows
  • Keep cell formatting (except cell formulas)
  • Re-import data quickly when external file has been updated

Excel workbooks can also be opened directly within Origin. The Excel file can be saved with file path relative to the Origin Project file, for easy sharing of the project along with related Excel files.


You can import Excel files or open them directly in Origin (by launching an OLE instance of Excel). We recommend importing your Excel data, so that you have full access to Origin’s powerful graphing and analysis environment.

Database Import

Origin supports importing data from a database using Database Connector. Options include:

  • Connect to databases including Access, SQL, Oracle, and MySQL
  • Save connection information to file
  • Save query in the Origin worksheet or as external file for quick re-import or repeat use
  • Use LabTalk variables in SQL script to further customize the query

Origin supports importing from a database, and then saving the query in the worksheet for easy editing and re-importing. The Database Connector provides both ADO and ODBC support for typical databases such as Oracle®, Microsoft SQL Server® and MySQL®

Data Exploration

Examine Data Points and Related Data

  • Use Data Reader to read data plot’s coordinates, row index or corresponding info. in other columns.
  • Use Screen Reader to read coordinates of of any position in graph.
  • Use the Vertical Cursor Gadget for exploring data in stacked graphs
  • Data Highlighting
  • Data Point Tooltip
  • Plot Highlighting
  • Highlight column in worksheet when highlighting data plot in graph
  • Conditional Formatting for Worksheets

Browser Graph for Multichannel Data Exploration

This version introduces a set of Browser Graph templates that allow for quick and easy exploration of multi-column data:

  • Allow quick selection of columns to plot, such as by picking every Nth column
  • Choice of line and histogram plots
  • Interactively turn selected plots on/off to explore
  • Sort plots using any metadata value
  • Options to add data from current sheet or other sheets or books

Highlight a particular data plot in a graph. Also works with complex graph types such as Parallel plot.


The Data Reader tool and the Data Info Window in Origin allow you to explore your data graphically. You can customize the display to include information from other columns of the worksheet, including images embedded in worksheet cells.


Use Vertical Cursor for exploring data in stacked graphs in multiple graph windows simultaneously. You can find information of one cursor or compare two cursors such as the distance

Data Analysis and Statistics

Origin and OriginPro provide a rich set of tools for performing exploratory and advanced analysis of your data. Please view the following sections for details.

Exploratory Analysis

Origin provides several gadgets to perform exploratory analysis by interacting with data plotted in a graph.

  • Select data range interactively using a Region-of-Interest (ROI) box
  • View immediate results as you move or resize the ROI.
  • Generate detailed reports from the analysis
  • Options for customizing visual results and report settings
  • Save settings as a Theme for repeat use
  • Repeat the analysis on all data plots in graph layer or page

Origin provides a selection of Gadgets to perform exploratory analysis of data from a graph. A region of interest (ROI) control allows you to interactively specify the subset of data to be analyzed. Results from the analysis are dynamically updated on top of the ROI as it is resized or moved. This image shows peak fitting being performed using the Quick Fit gadget.

  • Same or different gadgets can be applied multiple times in same graph
  • Hide ROI box temporarily for printing and export

Two statistics gadgets are applied to this graph to report statistics in two regions of interest (ROI). Mean and 1st SD lines and corresponding values are are displayed in each ROI. The Y axis is moved to separate the two regions. Yellow ROI boxes are hidden so that they do not show in printouts. The “S” button on upper-right corner re-displays the ROI boxes when clicked.

Gadgets in Origin and OriginPro:


Use the Quick Peak Gadget to interactively perform peak finding, baseline subtraction, and peak integration of data from a graph.


The Quick Fit Gadget lets you perform linear, polynomial, or nonlinear curve fitting on data plots in a graph. Notice the label on top of the ROI displaying the slope and Pearson’s r from a linear fit . The label updates dynamically as the ROI is moved or resized.


The Cluster Gadget available in OriginPro lets you interact with data in a graph within a region of interest (ROI). The ROI can be rectangular or elliptical. The tool provides statistics on data inside and outside the ROI, and also lets you copy, clear, mask or delete selected data.

Curve and Surface Fitting

Origin provides various tools for linear, polynomial and nonlinear curve and surface fitting. Fitting routines use state-of-the-art algorithms. The sections below provide a summary of key features.

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Options and Controls

  • Flexible data input. Select from worksheet or graph.
  • Specify sub range of data graphically or by numeric begin and end values
  • Fit multiple datasets independently, globally, or in concatenate/replicate mode
  • Global fitting allows sharing of parameters across datasets
  • Select from close to 200 built-in fitting functions arranged in categories
  • Create your own fitting function using our Fitting Function Builder wizard
  • Fit with explicit and implicit functions
  • Specify bounds and constraints to limit parameter space
  • Control the fitting process by performing step-wise iterations
  • Detailed report sheet including fit statistics, parameters and ANOVA tables, and residuals analysis
  • Calculate Y/X values for new set of X/Y values based on the fit curve
  • Iteration Algorithms for nonlinear regression: Levenberg-Marquardt and Orthogonal Distance Regression (Pro)

Graph displaying result of linear regression. Options for linear regression include fixing intercept or slope, finding new X/Y values from known Y/X values using the fit line, goodness of fit results including significance of slope, and fitting with both X and Y errors.


Graph displaying result of polynomial regression. Options include fitting up to 9th order polynomial, fixing intercept, finding new X/Y values from known Y/X values using the fit line, and fitting with Y errors.


Origin supports Global Fitting with Parameter Sharing, where you can simultaneously fit multiple datasets with the same function and optionally share one or more fitting parameters across all datasets. The report sheet will provide a summary table with all parameter values and errors, and a single set of fit statistics from the global fit.


OriginPro supports fitting with implicit functions using the Orthogonal Distance Regression algorithm which minimizes the orthogonal distance from data to the fit curve. Errors and weighting for both X and Y data are supported. Implicit functions can have two or more variables.


Perform Weighted Fitting using either Levenberg-Marquardt or Orthogonal Distance Regression algorithms. The latter supports weights for both X and Y data. Select from over 12 weighting methods including instrumental, statistical, direct, arbitrary dataset, and variance.


When working with replicate data, Origin can perform a Concatenated Fit where the replicates are combined internally to a single dataset. The graph included in the report sheet can either represent the data in replicate form, or as mean values with SD or SE error bars. A Quick Sigmoidal Fit Gadget is also available.

Peak Analysis

Origin provides several features for peak analysis, from baseline correction to peak finding, peak integration, peak deconvolution and fitting. The following sections list the key features for peak analysis.

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Baseline Detection

  • Automatic and manual options to find baseline, or use existing dataset
  • Methods include 2nd Derivative, XPS, and Asymmetric Least Squares
  • Interactively add/modify anchor points
  • Interpolate or fit baseline points with nonlinear functions
  • Subtract baseline, or include baseline fitting as part of final peak fit

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Peak Integration

Options for peak integration include:

  • Automatic or user-specified integration window width
  • Graphically adjust width for individual peaks
  • Integrate from baseline or from y=0
  • Report quantities including height, area, percent area, centroid, FWHM, and left/right half widths

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This is a preview graph for performing peak integration using the Peak Analyzer tool. The integration range can be applied for all peaks, or modified individually and interactively for each peak.

Peak Fitting PRO

Once you have performed baseline detection and peak finding, Origin provides several options for peak fitting:

  • Select from over 25 built-in peak functions, or create your own peak function
  • Fit all peaks with same function form, or assign different functions to specific peaks
  • Peak deconvolution to resolve overlapping or hidden peaks
  • Fix peak centers or allow them to vary by a set percentage or within a set range of values
  • Specify bounds and constraints on peak parameters
  • Share parameters across peaks
  • Full control of fitting process including step-by-step iterations
  • Detailed report including fit statistics, residuals, and graph of individual and cumulative fit lines
  • Over 25 peak properties for reporting, including peak area by percentage, variance, skewness and peak excess
  • Fit summary graph with customizable peak properties table

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Origin provides a wide array of tools for statistical analysis.

In addition, Origin provides Stats Advisor App which helps user to interactively choose the appropriate statistical test, analysis tool or App.

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The Stats Advisor App asks a series of questions and then suggests the appropriate tool or App to analyze your data.

Descriptive Statistics


The graph shows a Custom Report of numerical and graphical results from multiple statistical tools, created from Origin’s flexible worksheet. Once created, such reports can be automatically generated, greatly simplifying your statistical analysis tasks.

Origin provides several tools for summarizing your continuous and discrete data:

  • Statistics on columns or rows
  • Cross tabulation PRO
  • 1D and 2D frequency counts
  • Discrete frequency
  • Normality test
  • Distribution Fit including normal, Weibull, exponential and gamma PRO
  • Correlation coefficient PRO and Partial correlation coefficient PRO to detect relationship between datasets
  • Outlier tests: Grubbs and Dixon’s Q tests

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Parametric Tests

  • One-Sample t-Test
  • Two-Sample t-Test and Welch’s test
  • Pair-Sample t-Test
  • Two-Sample t-Test on Rows PRO
  • Pair-Sample t-Test on Rows PRO
  • One-Sample Test for Variance PRO
  • Two-Sample Test for Variance PRO
  • One-Sample Proportion Test PRO
  • Two-Sample Proportion Test PRO

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Non-parametric Tests

  • One-Sample Wilcoxon Signed Rank PRO
  • Paired-Sample Sign PRO
  • Paired-Sample Wilcoxon Signed Rank PRO
  • Mann-Whitney PRO
  • Kruskal-Wallis ANOVA PRO
  • Mood’s Median PRO
  • Friedman ANOVA PRO
  • Two-Sample Kolmogorov-Smirnov PRO

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An Origin Analysis Report Sheet, this one created by the One-way Repeated Measures ANOVA tool. The image shows two of the embedded graphs opened for further editing. Edit an embedded graph by double-clicking on the thumbnail image in the report. Once customizations are made, put the graphs back into the report and see your modifications.

Origin provides 5 ANOVA tools to examine the differences between group means

  • One-way and Two-way ANOVA
  • Three-way ANOVA PRO
  • One- and Two-way Repeated-Measures ANOVA PRO
  • Means comparison methods include:
    • Tukey and Bonferroni
    • Dunn-Sidak and Fisher LSD
    • Scheffe and Holm-Bonferroni
    • Holm-Sidak

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Multivariate Analysis

Five commonly used multivariate tools are available:

  • Principal Component Analysis PRO
  • K-Means Cluster PRO
  • Hierarchical Cluster PRO
  • Discriminant Analysis PRO

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A Canonical Score Plot created by the Discriminant Analysis tool in OriginPro. This plot can be used to classify observations across groups.

Additional Analyses


This graph displays survival functions with confidence intervals, created by the Survival Analysis tool in OriginPro. The tool also performs a log-rank test to compare the two survival functions.

Other statistical tools available in OriginPro include:

  • Survival Analysis PRO
  • Power and Sample Size Analysis PRO
  • ROC Curve PRO

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Signal Processing

Origin provides a wide array of tools for signal processing.

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The IIR Filter tool in OriginPro can be used to design, analyze, and implement Infinite Impulse Response digital filters. Filter methods include Butterworth, Chebyshev Type I and II, and Elliptic filters. A preview panel is provided to enable real-time visualization of specified parameters and corresponding results.

Additional Tools

  • Coherence PRO
  • Envelope Curves PRO
  • Decimation PRO
  • Rise Time Gadget PRO

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From simple column calculations to interpolation, calculus and integration, Origin provides a wide range of tools for mathematical analysis of worksheet and matrix data.

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Column and Cell Calculations

  • Column Formula
    • Simple column formula notation which is similar to Excel or Google Sheets
    • Calculations can involve columns from other worksheets
    • Over 500 functions in categories such as math, engineering, statistics, date-and-time, and string processing
    • Before Formula Script to pre-process data prior to calculating results
  • Cell Formula
    • Works for both Data and User-defined Label Row Cells
    • Stretch and extend formula vertically/horizontally
    • Fixed cell referencing is supported
    • Use script-accessible functions and/or custom expressions
    • Results update when source cells change, or with other changes such as data filter
  • Normalization
  • Average Multiple Curves in Worksheets or Graphs
  • Math tool for simple column math

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Use the Normalize tool to normalize data in a worksheet or a graph.


The F(x) Column Formula row in Origin worksheet lets you directly type expressions to calculate column values based on data in other columns and metadata elements. The expression can be further edited in the Set Values dialog which provides a lower panel to execute Before Formula scripts for pre-processing data. The Set Values dialog also provides a search button to quickly find and insert functions from over 500 built-in functions. User-defined functions can also be added for custom transforms.


Assign formula to User-defined Parameter Rows to easily set up calculations such as calculating mean and std. deviation as in this example. Enter formula in one cell and drag-and-extend to the right to other cells in adjacent columns.

Interpolation and Extrapolation

  • 1D Interpolation/Extrapolation
  • 1D Trace Interpolation
  • Interpolate/Extrapolate Y at Specific X
  • 2D Interpolation/Extrapolation
  • 2D Trace Interpolation
  • Interpolate/Extrapolate Z at Specific X,Y
  • 3D Interpolation
  • Interpolation methods: Linear, Spline, B-Spline, Akima, Kriging, Renka-Cline, Shepard, TPS , Triangle, Weighted Average

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Use Origin’s Interpolation Gadget to perform interpolation and extrapolation on one or more data plots in a graph. You can interactively select the data range using a region-of-interest (ROI) control. Interpolation methods include linear, spline and Akima spline.


Use the XYZ Trace Interpolation tool to perform interpolation on a set of XYZ data points, preserving the sequential aspect of the data.

Differentiation and Integration

  • Numeric Differentiation
  • Numeric Integration
  • Polygon Area Calculation
  • Surface Area Calculation PRO
  • 2D Volume Integration PRO

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Use the Integrate Gadget to perform integration of data curves in a graph. A region-of-interest (ROI) control is provided to interactively select the desired data range. Baseline methods include selecting an existing data plot as a baseline to determine the area between two curves, as displayed in this graph. Batch integration of multiple curves is also supported.


Use the 2D Surface Integration Gadget in OriginPro to calculate volume under a 3D surface plot, by interactively moving a region of interest (ROI). The volume, FWHM, minimum, maximum, and other quantities are dynamically updated as the ROI selector is moved or resized.

Data Processing

Exporting and Presentation

Origin provides many options for exporting and presentation, from sending graphs to PowerPoint, to creating movies

Resize Graph for Publishing

Journals typically require a specific width for the graph image, such as 86 mm for single column and 178 mm for double column. In addition, at the scaled size, they may require text labels to be above a particular font size, and lines to be above a certain thickness.

In this version, we offer the following key features for preparing the Origin graph with the exact width specification:

  • Resize graph page by specifying desired width, while maintaining aspect ratio (auto scale height when width is changed)
  • Scale all elements on the page when resizing in order to maintain proportional balance in the graph
  • Conversely, set element scale to some fixed factor when you want to maintain absolute size of elements
  • Fit all graph layers to the available page area using user-specified margins, while maintaining layer relationships, relative size, and object scale

Once the graph has been scaled to the desired width then it can be exported in a vector or raster format for submission to the journal.



Specify desired width and units to match requirements of the journal. The page height will be proportionally scaled while maintaining aspect ratio. Relative dimensions of all objects in graph will be maintained.


Reduce white space in your graph page by either expanding all layers to occupy available space (Fit Layers to Page) or by reducing page size (Fit Page to Layers).


This multi-page custom report was created by researchers at a sports institute, to review progress in athlete training regimens. Custom reports can be part of an Analysis Template, allowing you to generate a new report automatically when new data are imported.


This multi-page custom report was created by a quantitative analyst at a financial institution, as part of a large-scale analysis workflow. Custom reports can be part of an Analysis Template, and can be exported as PDF files for publication. These reports can be automatically updated when new data are imported.

Batch Processing

Origin provides multiple ways to handle repetitive graphing, importing and data analysis tasks. Batch operations can be performed directly from the GUI, without the need for any programming.

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For Graphing

Copy and Paste Data Plot

  • Copy and paste data plots from one graph layer to another with custom formatting

Save Graph Settings

  • Save graph template
  • Save graph theme
  • Copy format and apply to other graphs

Batch Plotting

  • Create desired graph from one column or from multiple columns in the worksheet
  • Repeat graph for all columns, or for all worksheets with similar data structure
  • Create new graphs with meaningful names

Smart Plotting with Cloneable Templates

  • Create graphs from multiple worksheet columns, specifying column name or position in the worksheet
  • Save as Cloneable Template where column names/positions are saved
  • Origin will mark all templates that are compatible with active sheet
  • Create new graph with similar data structure with one click
  • Template Library for organizing templates and filtering templates compatible with active sheet

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One of the many time-saving features in Origin is batch plotting: Create a graph involving multiple columns from a worksheet/workbook, and then have Origin duplicate that graph for all other worksheets/workbooks in the project with the same data structure.


As an alternative to Graph Templates, Graph Themes provide a means to save graph customizations and apply them to different types of graphs across your projects.


The Library helps you organize and utilize Graph Templates you have created. Graph Templates are a great way to apply the customizations you have made to one graph, to additional graphs you make from similar data. Starting from Origin 2016, Origin supports a new type of Graph Template, the Cloneable Template. Cloneable Templates are designed to simplify the reproduction of complex graphs.


Set up desired graphs and analysis operations on data in the current workbook. Set the operations to automatically update. Then simply import multiple files, having Origin clone the current workbook for each file. All graphs and analysis results in the new books will be updated based on the data from each file.

Save Import Settings

  • Save import settings as a dialog theme file
  • Save import settings as a filter file
  • Allow LabTalk script to execute after import
  • Save import settings together with worksheet

Batch Import by Cloning Workbook

Origin provides a quick yet powerful way to allow users to perform batch graphing and analysis when importing multiple files.

  • Import one file and set up your workbook with desired analysis and graphs all contained within the book
  • During import, choose <clone> to use active book as temporary template for each new file

Clone an Origin Project

Clone an Origin project to easily replicate graphing and analysis tasks with new data.

  • Set up a Master Origin project with your desired data, graphs and analysis, using multiple windows such as workbooks graphs, reports etc as needed
  • Save your master project. Then from File menu, select Clone current Project…
  • Import new data into the data sheets of the cloned project to update all of your graphs and analysis results in the project
  • Optionally add a Data Connector link to the master project data sheets, in the cloned proje

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For Analysis

Recalculation and Analysis Template

Origin supports automatic or manual recalculation of results from most analysis and data processing operations, which is the fundation of batch processing and automation.

  • Update results when input data changes
  • Modify dialog settings by Change parameters without need to start from scratch
  • Output of one operation can be used as input for another to form a chain of operations
  • Save dialog settings as a dialog theme file
  • Last used theme is saved automatically for quick access
  • Create Analysis template to automate analysis and custom report creation
  • Use whole project as analysis template.

Repeating Operations on All Plots or Columns

  • Perform an operation on one worksheet column or one data plot in a graph
  • Simply repeat that operation for all other columns or data plots

Copying & Pasting Fitting Operations

  • Perform curve fitting on one data plot in a graph
  • Simply copy and paste the operation to other selected curves in the same graph or other graphs

Use Gadgets to Analyze Multiple Curves

  • Plot all datasets in single or multiple layers in a graph
  • Place gadget on one curve and customize settings
  • Output results from the gadget for all curves in a layer or all curves in a graph page.

Batch Analysis

  • set up an Analysis Template™ workbook by performing a desired set of operations on data
  • Use the Batch Processing tool to process data from multiple files or worksheet columns
  • Generate report table with desired metadata and parameters listed for each processed file or dataset
  • Generate custom reports combining graphs and numeric results, using Origin’s worksheet
  • Optionally link an Analysis Template™ to a Microsoft Word Template and create polished multi-page reports
  • Execute LabTalk script before or after each file, or at end of the batch process, for further customization
  • Batch peak analysis with dialog theme

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The Batch Processing tool in Origin lets you process multiple data files or datasets using an Analysis Template. The template can include a summary sheet for collecting relevant results for each file in a summary table. The analysis template can also be linked to a Microsoft Word template using bookmarks, to create custom multi-page Word or PDF reports for each data file.


Most analysis tools support recalculation of results upon changes to data. The green “lock” that you will see in result sheets and graph windows indicates that recalculation is set to “auto”; so, for instance, if you made changes to your input data, your linear regression analysis would update automatically. Left-click on the green lock to open the linear fit dialog, make adjustments to your analysis, then recalculate.


Once you perform an operation on a data plot or a worksheet column, Origin allows you to repeat the operation for all other plots in the graph, or all other columns in the worksheet.


You can use New Output for All Curves or New Output for All Layers to apply the same analysis on all plots.

Project and Data Management

The following are some of the key features related to data management in Origin

Origin Project (OPJ, OPJU) File

  • Store data, metadata, notes, graphs, analysis operations and results in one document
  • Arrange content in a flexible user-specified folder structure
  • Add comments to sheet, window and folders
  • Support internally saved Microsoft Excel files or links to external Excel files
  • Include LabTalk Script, Origin C code files, and other third party files as attachments
  • Search and find string or numeric values to quickly locate relevant windows within the project
  • Highly portable: Colleagues who do not have Origin can view data and graphs from OPJ/OPJU files using the free Origin Viewerapplication (Windows or Mac)
  • Save a subfolder as a new project file, append multiple project files from disk to current project
  • Copy/Paste folders and workbooks across Origin sessions
  • Individual windows, such as workbook, graph, matrix, notes can be saved to disk and opened in new project file
  • OPJU File enable user to easily identify an Origin project visually in Windows Explorer

The Origin Project file (.OPJ) combines data, notes, graphs, and analysis results into one document with a user-defined folder structure.


The dockable Project Explorer window lets you organize the contents of your Origin project with a flexible user-defined folder structure. Simply drag-and-drop windows and subfolders to rearrange. Right-click on one or more graphs and choose Add Shortcut to Favorites and collect shortcuts in a Favorites folder, allowing for efficient presentation and/or export of select graphs. Choose Project Explorer’s extra large icons view for graphs, for easy identification.

  • Project Explorer window with two panels to show folder and windows
  • Autohide, dock or float Project Explorer in Origin workspace
  • Detailed, list, small icon, large icon and extra large icon view mode for graph, workbook and matrix preview.
  • Useful tooltips such as graph preview, or workbook and folder comments
  • Easy way to locate and manage windows and folders
  • Favorites folder with shortcuts to collect key information such as all graphs ready for publication
  • Show graphs as slideshow and adjust slideshow orders and skip or not in Project Explorer
  • Create window shortcuts

Origin Project files(OPJU) viewed in Windows Explorer. Middle panel shows large icons with image of last visited graph when project was saved. Right side panel shows larger image of graphs with vertical scroll bar to view all graphs contained in the project.

Programming and Connectivity

As your Origin use expands, you may want to programmatically access existing features in Origin, add your own custom routines and tools, or communicate with Origin from other applications. To facilitate such customizations, Origin provides the following options.

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LabTalk is a scripting language native to Origin. For simple operations such as manipulating data and automating tasks, LabTalk is a good place to start. You can access a rich set of script commands and functions, including a large collection of X-Functions, to create scripts for your specific needs. Your custom script code can be easily assigned to buttons on graphs or worksheets, new toolbar buttons or custom menu items.

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LabTalk script can be stored in OGS files, and organized by “sections”. Scripts can be executed in many ways in Origin, including from button objects added to graphs and worksheet windows.

Apps in Origin

Extend graphing and analysis functionality of Origin by installing free Apps from our File Exchange site. A selection of recently published Apps are displayed below.

To view the Apps in action, visit our YouTube channel and select the Apps in Origin playlist.

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