Gephi is open source visualization and exploration software for graphs and networks. Applications include social network analysis, link analysis, biological network analysis, and more. Though some technical skills are required, Gephi can be taught in a single classroom session with the right preparation.

As a desktop tool, Gephi enables users to keep full control of their data.

Use cases

Social Network Analysis

  • Ryan M. Horne wrote about his use of Gephi in a course on conspiracy theories and social network analysis. Link.

Character network analysis

  • Pratt student "nfesta" wrote about their character network analysis of Les Miserables. Link.
  • Related tutorial here.

How to use it

Replacement for


  • Bastian M., Heymann S., Jacomy M. (2009). Gephi: an open source software for exploring and manipulating networks. International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. PDF.
  • Cherven, Ken. Mastering Gephi network visualization. Packt Publishing Ltd, 2015.