Visualize graph properties through time


visactor is a tool to visualize graph properties through time. There are great tools to visualize graphs and their properties such as D3. visactor focuses to provide a simple way to visualize properties such as the following: - The flow/traffic of messages in a an actor model. Actors interact with one another using messages. The communicated messages among actor can actually build graphs in which the vertices are the actors and the edges are the messages. It an interesting problem to be able to visualize such communications through time as the actor model is busy. - The financial transactions in a baking system build a graph. Each transaction is related to a spender, and a receiver, the amount and the time of transaction. It is interesting to be able to visualize such a graph and its properties through as the transactions happen through time.


To run the demo, you need to have Java 1.8 and Apache Maven 3+. Simply, clone the source and then:

$ git clone 
$ cd visactor
visactor$ ./ 

then open your browser to http://localhost:8080/index.html. You should be able to see a changing diagram such as this one.

Note your browser must support Server-sent Events

Use Visactor

visactor provides the following REST end points:

Push events

Events can be put into visactor at /events/sink: - The HTTP method is PUT. - The content type should be application/json. - Each event is defined as (id, timestamp, source, target). If ID is not provided, an instance of java.util.UUID is used. Time stamp should be the standard UNIX epoch seconds and if not provided, it defaults to now. - The response is 201 if OK and contains the ID of the event.

An example cURL command would like:

curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X PUT \
     -d '{"source": "a", "target": "b"}' \

Receive events

visactor provides access to the “stream” of events using /events/source: - The HTTP method is GET. - The HTTP content type is text/event-stream as specified is Server-sent Events - Each event is a JSON object that has the same properties as above. - The stream can be utilizid using JavaScript EventSource

visactor provides an out-of-the-box index.html that uses the same JavaScript technique with D3. However, you may develop another layer to visualize the events that are published from visactor.



visactor is licensed under Apache License v2:

Copyright 2014 Behrooz Nobakht

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