The Origin Viewer
The Origin Viewer 9.4 is a freely distributed, standalone application that allows viewing and copying of information contained in Origin Project (OPJ) files and Origin window (OGG, OGW, OGM) files on computers that do not have Origin installed. A key benefit of using Origin project files is they have a hierarchical structure that also supports metadata. Read a review of the Origin Viewer in Scientific Computing World.
- The Origin Viewer 9.4 is easily distributed as a single file - no installation needed.
- New - Now available in 32- and 64-bit Windows versions and as a native Mac application.
- The Viewer 9.4 is compatible with the latest version of Origin - Origin 2016.
- The Viewer 9.4 supports viewing and rotating Origin's new OpenGL 3D 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).
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 Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.0/8.1, Windows 10 or
Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer
- Approximately 30 MBs of disk space
Download the Origin Viewer 9.4
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.
“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 government.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: Is the Viewer free?
- Q: What parts of an Origin Project (OPJ) does the Viewer let me see?
A: You can view the entire contents of an OPJ 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 displays window and folder information in a Windows Explorer-like hierarchy.
There are a couple of limitations: You cannot view function plots in the Viewer. Secondly, if your OPJ 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, the Viewer can read the OPJ format from all versions of Origin. Once the OPJ is loaded, you can navigate to any worksheet and select and copy the data, then paste it wherever you want. Note: Earlier versions of Origin (pre-4.X) created ORG files. These cannot be opened in the Origin Viewer 9.4.
- Q: Can I access the graphs or layouts for my own use?
A: Yes. On the Windows platform, Graphs and Layout pages in the OPJ 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.
The Viewer cannot be used to copy data created with the Evaluation (Demo) version, nor will it work with Origin projects created with versions previous to 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 OPJ file. You should now be able to view matrix images and image plots.
- Q: If I wanted to send an OPJ 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 OPJ, 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 OPJ 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 9.4 support the latest Origin graph types, including the new OpenGL 3D graphs?
A: Yes, the Origin Viewer 9.4 supports viewing any Origin graph created with OpenGL.
- Q: Does the Origin Viewer 9.4 have Windows 64-bit support?
A: Yes, the Origin Viewer 9.4 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 (OPJ) files and open them using the free Viewer?
A: Yes, you can use the free Orglab component from OriginLab to create your own OPJ 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 9.4 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. 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 analysis work.
To download the Orglab component, visit this page.