The Origin Viewer 9.6.5 is a
freely distributed, standalone application that allows viewing and
copying of information contained in Origin project files and Origin
window files, on computers that do not have Origin installed. This
updated Viewer supports Origin's newest OPJU project file and window
file (OGGU, OGWU, OGMU) formats, as well as the older OPJ and OGG, OGW,
and OGM file formats.
The Viewer does not require installation and it is quickly mastered,
making it an ideal way to share your Origin data with colleagues who may
not be Origin users. Non-users will find the Origin project's "folder
and file" structure to be be intuitive and easy to navigate. In
addition, because the Viewer can be carried on a thumb-drive, it allows
for impromptu sharing of Origin data and graphs in meetings and
classroom settings. Double-click to run the executable, drop your Origin
project file onto the Viewer and you are ready to go. If you are
collaborating on a report or manuscript, pack the Viewer along with your
project file, and the lead author can copy and paste your data and
graphs where needed, into the document.
Convert OPJU files to OPJ files
Origin 2018 introduced a new Unicode-compliant (UTF-8) project file type -- the OPJU file. These files cannot
be opened in pre-2018 versions of Origin (Origin 2018 and newer
versions retain the ability to save files in the older OPJ format).
For backward compatibility, Origin users and non-users alike will appreciate that the free Viewer 9.6.5 can convert OPJU files to the older OPJ format. If you have been given
an OPJU file and cannot open it in your older version of Origin, (1)
download and run this Viewer (no installation needed!), (2) drop your OPJU file onto the Viewer and (3) choose File: Save Project As and save as OPJ.
Read a review of the Origin Viewer in Scientific Computing World.
- The Origin Viewer 9.6.5 is easily distributed as a single file - no installation needed.
- Available in 32- and 64-bit Windows versions and in a native Mac version.
- The Viewer 9.6.5 is compatible with the latest version of Origin - Origin 2019.
- New - Mac Viewer support for the newest OPJU, OGGU, OGWU file types (introduced in Origin 2018).
- OPJU files saved in the latest versions can be converted to the older OPJ format.
- New - Support for Origin 2019 plot types including Parallel, Cluster, Violin and 3D Tetrahedral.
- Graph zoom in, zoom out and whole page (restore) views.
- Support for viewing and rotating Origin's 3D OpenGL graphs.
- Explorer panel support for extra-large
icons view, mouseover graph previews, icon or details views of windows,
show/hide columns of details view (Windows only).
- Viewing of matrix images or image plots with the Windows Viewer requires ImagePack file download (see FAQ section).
- The Origin Viewer does NOT support:
Worksheet Conditional Formatting, HTML Mode for Notes Windows, Compound
Line Styles (Mac Viewer), Worksheet Cell Formulas and plots of that
data, Geologic Patterns in Fill Area graphs, Statistical Reference
Lines, or 2D Function Plots (3D Function and Parametric Function Plots
are supported). In addition, some objects created by LabTalk script may not be supported.
“Flight Test Engineer staff uses
Origin for data reduction and plots. Having viewer will facilitate
review of report plots in Origin format, rather than multiple time
consuming iterations of conversion to PDF.”
XP Services, Inc.
“I have some Origin figures I want to share with colleagues. With
this Viewer, I don't have to export my graphs, I can simply have my
colleagues use the Viewer.”
Michael R. Schock
USEPA, Office of Research and Development
Note: These opinions are personal opinions and do not
imply any statement, endorsement or preference of the U.S. Federal
Origin Viewer Window. Double-click on a graph icon in
the Origin Viewer to open the graph in a resizable graph window
(multiple graph windows may be opened simultaneously). Click and drag a
3D OpenGL graph in the Viewer window to change the view angle.
System Requirements and Download
- Windows 7, Windows 8.0/8.1, Windows 10 (Viewer 9.6.5)
Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer (Mac Viewer 9.6.5)
- Approximately 30 MBs of disk space
Download the Origin Viewer
You can read more about bug fixes and changes in past and present versions of the Viewer, in our Release Notes.
You can learn more about the Viewer by watching this Video Tutorial.
|Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: Is the Viewer free?
- Q: What parts of an Origin Project (OPJ or OPJU) does the Viewer let me see?
A: You can view the entire contents of an Origin project
in the Viewer. This includes worksheet and matrix data, graphs and
layout pages, analysis results that were outputted to the Results Log,
and Notes windows. A left navigation pane displays window and folder
information in a Windows Explorer-like hierarchy.
There are some limitations: Some Origin objects are not supported
by the Viewer (see the intro section, above). In addition, if your
Origin project contains MS Excel workbooks, you cannot view the Excel
data or any Origin plots of that data.
- Q: Can I access the data from files created with an older version of Origin (e.g. version 5.0)?
A: Yes, OPJ and ORG files made with Origin versions 4.X
and later can be opened with the Viewer. Once the OPJ or ORG file is
loaded, you can navigate to any worksheet and select and copy the data,
then paste it wherever you want. If you have difficulty opening an ORG
file from the File menu, drag and drop the file onto
the Viewer. ORG files created with Origin versions 3.X and earlier
cannot be opened in the Origin Viewer 9.6.5.
- Q: Can I access the graphs or layouts for my own use?
A: Yes. On the Windows platform, Graphs and Layout pages in the Origin project can be copied and pasted as EMFs into other applications.
On the Mac platform, Graphs and Layout pages can be copied and pasted as PNG and PDF images.
Viewer cannot be used to copy data created with the Evaluation (Demo)
version, nor will it copy data from Origin projects created with
versions previous to Origin 8.1.
- Q: When I try to view some of the graph windows in my Origin project, I see the following message: "Image support missing. Visit http://originlab.com/viewer for more information." What is this about?
A: To view matrix images or image plots with the Windows Viewer, go to the Origin Viewer download page and download the correct ImagePack zip file for your Windows OS. Unzip
the contents to the folder where you are running your Origin Viewer.
Close and re-launch the Viewer, then open your Origin project file. You
should now be able to view matrix images and image plots.
- Q: If I wanted to send an Origin project to a colleague who does not have Origin, what is the best way to include the Viewer?
A: The downloaded Viewer and any needed support files can
be sent along with your Origin project, to your colleague. Your
colleague can then copy the Viewer and files to his or her hard drive
and run the application without an installation process. Of course, you
can always direct your colleague to the Origin Viewer download page. Your colleague can then download and install the Viewer on his/her own.
- Q: Can I install the Viewer on a shared machine and let everyone in my group run it?
A: Yes. The Viewer can run without installation. Simply share the installation folder to expose the Viewer file.
- Q: Can I copy the Viewer to a USB stick together with my
Origin project files and show them to people even though they haven't
installed the Viewer on their machines?
A: Yes, in most cases. This is similar to running the
Viewer from a remote drive. More details, including some limitations,
are available in the ReadMe.TXT included with the Viewer application.
- Q: Does the Origin Viewer 9.6.5 support the latest Origin graph types, including the new OpenGL 3D graphs?
A: Yes, the Origin Viewer 9.6.5 supports viewing any Origin graph created with OpenGL.
- Q: Does the Origin Viewer 9.6.5 have Windows 64-bit support?
A: Yes, the Origin Viewer 9.6.5 is available for both 32- and 64-bit Windows OS.
- Q: When I run the Origin Viewer EXE (Windows OS), I get an error "mfc110.dll not found".
A: MFC110.dll is an MFCDLL Shared Library developed by
Microsoft Corporation. If you get this error, please download and
install the MS redistributable EXE file for your OS:
- Q: Can I write my own code to create Origin project files and open them using the free Viewer?
A: Yes, you can use the free Orglab component from OriginLab to create your own project files, using C#, VB, etc.
- Q: Can I pose questions about the Viewer on the OriginLab forum?
A: Yes, in fact there is a forum specifically for users of the Viewer and Orglab applications.
Developer Notes (Windows Platform)
The Origin Viewer 9.6.5 is distributed only as an EXE file and
is not made available for customization. OriginLab does provide a
download of interest to software developers and instrument
manufacturers. The Orglab component
(pronounced "org" like the web domain), is a free application,
available to those involved in custom application development. Orglab is
available in 32- or 64-bit versions.
If you are an instrument manufacturer, for example, you can use
Orglab to output data in the Origin OPJ file format (OPJU format not
supported as of February 2018). By including Orglab component files with
your instrument software, your customers will be able to exchange data
with OriginLab's powerful data analysis and graphing software. The
Origin OPJ file with its hierarchical structure and strong data
interchange, programming, and metadata support is ideally suited to
To download the Orglab component, visit this page.