LightningChart® v.8

Ultimate charting experience for WPF and Windows Forms

The highest performance on the market

LightningChart is entirely GPU accelerated and performance optimized charting components for presenting massive amounts of data ‒ more than 1 Billion data points real-time. It is developed for professional high-speed software dealing with real-time data acquisition and representation, utilizing CPU and memory resources efficiently. This provides an unmatched performance to your application, which means:
  • Real-time monitoring without flickering or delays
  • High-resolution datasets
  • Interactivity
  • Efficient use of machine resources
  • Ability to render data with older machine hardware, maintaining all advantages mentioned above
See the performance comparison with other charting components here.

For the most demanding developers

LightningChart includes a wide range of 2D, advanced 3D, Polar, Smith, 3D pies / donuts, Geographic maps & G.I.S. charts for science, engineering, medicine, aerospace, trading, energy and other fields. Along with an outstanding performance, LightningChart offers fully customizable tools and flexibility to the .Net developers within different industries. Our technical support team is known for its ability to handle every challenge from our clients, so you will receive an unlimited dedicated support during your active subscription.

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General Information

  • Full mouse-interaction, touch screen support, custom mouse interactivity extensions
  • Cursors and Annotations, data colorizing with color palette, and full customizability of components
  • Data breaking by NaN or other specified breaking value, in selected series types
  • Numeric, Time, DateTime, Logarithmic, Geographic Coordinate System (GCS) and Custom axis scales
  • Professional 5-star technical support & Hundreds of chart examples

Rendering Technology

  • DirectX 11 & DirectX 9 support
  • Automatic software rendering with WARP in systems without graphics hardware and for virtual machines
  • Selectable fonts quality
  • HiDPI scaling support
  • Can be run in both 32-bit and 64-bit modes

Key Features

XY charts

  • Series types: sampled data (discrete signal), point-line, freeform point-line, areas, high-low, polygon, stock (candle-stick), bar, band, constant line, intensity grid, intensity mesh
  • Real-time monitoring scrolling modes: scrolling, sweeping, stepping, oscilloscope style level triggered
  • Heatmaps with contours, wireframe, contour labels
  • Stencil for rendering intensity series inside polygon, map region
  • Persistent rendering layers, Multiple legends, and X axes scale break

3D charts

  • Include ViewPie3D
  • Series types: surface mesh, surface grid, waterfall, polygon, rectangle planes, mesh models, point-line, bar and pie charts
  • 3D scene settings with Multiple light sources
  • Import 3D models in .obj
  • Gigantic surface sizes of over 4096×4096, depending on available memory


  • On-line tile maps: supports street maps and satellite imagery
  • Dozens of maps: World, continents, specific areas
  • Multi-layer: land, lakes, rivers, roads, cities etc
  • Map import from ESRI shape file data

Smith view

  • Series types: point-line
  • Absolute and normalized scales

Polar view

  • Series types: area, point-line
  • Unlimited, Multiple amplitude and angle axes
  • Sectors
  • Markers


Volume Rendering

The core breakthrough of the version 8 is a high-performance Volume Rendering extension which can interact with other 3D objects of our library. Volumetric information plays an essential role in medicine, e.g. for an advanced cancer detection, visualization of aneurysms, and treatment planning. It is also used for non-destructive material testing via computer tomography or ultrasound. In addition, huge three-dimensional datasets are produced by geo seismic research, and can also be visualized by our Volume Rendering engine.
  • Separate Linear Transfer function for every channel
  • Volume Thresholding in accordance with voxels brightness for every channel
  • Dynamic modification of Voxel range
  • Manual or Automatic Adoptive sampling rate of volume data
  • Three interchangeable options for Volume Rendering Ray function
  • Full interaction with traditional 3D models

LightningChart provides the following Signal Tools


SignalReader generates real-time data stream reading signal files in different formats: WAV (PCM), sid (biosignal file), ssd (LightningChart Ultimate Demo application sample data format). The playback can be automatically restarted with looping option.


Reads real-time sampled data stream from sound card line-in (using e.g. microphone) through DirectSound. The data can be forwarded to chart, AudioOutput or your own data target.


SignalGenerator is a multi-functional signal generator component. It allows combining different waveform types into single, real-time output signal. The waveform components can be set with a built-in user interface or by code.


Converts data between time domain and frequency domain using Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) algorithm in Digital Signal Processing (DSP).


Allows real-time data stream playback via sound card line-out (using e.g. speakers) through DirectSound. The data can be fetched from SignalGenerator, SignalReader, AudioInput or other data source.

Chart editions

For WPF, LightningChart component is available in different binding level editions, to balance between different performance and MVVM (Model – View – View-Model) bindability needs. As a general starting point, Arction recommends Semi-bindable API. For best performance in WPF and multithreading benefits, select Non-Bindable chart.
Chart edition Properties binding Series data binding Per-data-point binding Performance
WPF (non-bindable) noAsset 10 noAsset 10 noAsset 10 bestAsset 1
WPF (semi-bindable) yesAsset 11 yesAsset 11 noAsset 10 goodAsset 2
WPF (bindable) yesAsset 11 yesAsset 11 yesAsset 11 lowAsset 3
WinForms noAsset 10 noAsset 10 noAsset 10 bestAsset 1

Compatibility requirements

  • OS: 32-bit or 64-bit Windows Vista or later, Windows Server 2008 R2 or later.
  • DirectX: 9.0c (Shader model 3 and higher) or 11.0 compatible graphics adapter.
  • Visual Studio: 2010-2019 for development, not required for deployment.
  • Platform .NET Framework: installed version 4.0 or newer.

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The fastest and most advanced data visualization components for WPF & Windows Forms.

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