The Origin Viewer
The Origin 8.5 Viewer 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.
- To be able to create Origin files, please see Orglab (pronounced "org" like the web domain), our free, downloadable component DLL.
- Read a review of the Origin Viewer by Scientific Computing World.
Origin Viewer Window. Double-click on any graph icon in the Origin Viewer to open as a separate graph window for viewing. Multiple graph windows may be open at one time, allowing them to be viewed on multiple monitors.
System Requirements and Download
Windows XP or later, Windows Vista or Windows 7
Approximately 15.9 MBs of disk space
Download the Origin 8.5 Viewer
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 tree displays the information as per the Project Explorer
hierarchy of the OPJ.
Note: You can not view OPJs that contain Excel workbooks with the Viewer.
- 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 8.5 Viewer.
- Q: Can I access the graphs or layouts for my own use?
A: Yes. Graphs and Layout pages in the OPJ can be copied and
pasted as EMFs into other applications.
- 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: Once downloaded and installed, the application files from
the Viewer can be sent along with your OPJ to your colleague. You colleague
can then copy the application files to the hard drive and run the OrgView.exe
without having to install the software. Of course, you can always direct
your colleague to the Origin 8.5 Viewer download page.
Your colleague can then download and install the Viewer on his/her
- 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 OrgView.exe 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 file accessible from the Help menu of the Viewer application.
- Q: Is Origin 8.5 Viewer compatible with graphs created in Origin 8.6 or later?
A: Origin 8.5 Viewer is compatible with most Origin graph types. Some newer graph types may not display correctly.
- Q: When will there be a Viewer capable of viewing and rotating openGL 3D graphs?
A: We are planning to release the Origin91 viewer, with openGL support, in Q2 of 2014.
- 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.
The Origin 8.5 Viewer is a standalone, end-user product intended for free distribution.
The original Origin Viewer was a Visual Basic application built using a software component called Orglab, a development component which reads and writes Origin project (OPJ) files.
The Orglab component is a free application, available to those interested in custom application development. 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 meta data support is ideally suited to analysis work.