The purpose of this add-in is to let you explore your data quickly to extract the information they hold. You can only create simple plots, you won’t be able to use custom scales and all the power of ggplot2. This is just the start!

Project Status: Active – The project has reached a stable, usable state and is being actively developed. version Travis-CI Build Status

This addin allows you to interactively explore your data by visualizing it with the ggplot2 package. It allows you to draw bar graphs, curves, scatter plots, histograms, then export the graph or retrieve the code generating the graph.

If you find bugs, please open an issue


Install from CRAN with :

# From CRAN

Or install dev version from GitHub :

# with remotes

# or with service (based on remotes)

# or with devtools:

Then launch the addin via the RStudio menu, if you don’t have data.frame in your environment, datasets in ggplot2 are used.

ggplot2 builder addin

Launch addin via RStudio menu or with:


First step is to choose a data.frame:

Or you can use a dataset directly with:

esquisse::esquisser(data = iris)

After that, you can drag and drop variables to create a plot:

Four sub-menus are available under the chart to modify some parameters:


Set chart’s labs with this menu:

Plot options

Choose color, geom parameters and theme:

Filter data

:warning: Experimental !

Filter your data:

Code & export

Export your plot and retrieve the code to reproduce it:

Display mode

You can change where addin is displayed by setting option esquisse.display.mode, possibilities are :

For example, launch in browser :

options("esquisse.display.mode" = "browser")