The Origin Viewer
The Origin Viewer 9.1 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 9.1 is easily distributed as a single EXE file - no installation needed.
- The Viewer supports viewing and rotating Origin's new OpenGL 3D graphs.
- Available in 32- and 64-bit versions.
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
- Approximately 20 MBs of disk space
Download the Origin Viewer 9.1
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 tree displays the information as per the Project Explorer
hierarchy of the OPJ.
There are a couple of limitations: You cannot view OPJs that contain Excel workbooks with the Viewer. In addition, the standalone EXE does not allow viewing of matrix-contained images or image plots. For viewing matrix images and image plots, you will need to download an additional zip file containing ImagePack DLLs. The ImagePack DLLs are available in 32- or 64-bit versions and can be downloaded here.
- 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 9.1.
- 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. The Viewer's Copy Page function does not support graphs created with the Evaluation (Demo) version. Graphs created with Origin versions previous to 8.1 are not supported either.
- 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 Viewer EXE
without having to install the software. Of course, you can always direct
your colleague to the Origin Viewer 9.1 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 Viewer 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 included with the Viewer application.
- Q: Does the Origin Viewer 9.1 support the latest Origin graph types, including the new OpenGL 3D graphs?
A: Yes, the Origin Viewer 9.1 supports viewing any Origin graph created with OpenGL.
- Q: Does the Origin Viewer 9.1 have Windows 64-bit support?
A: Yes, the Origin Viewer 9.1 can be downloaded in 32- or 64-bit versions.
- Q: I have downloaded the Origin Viewer 9.1 but when I run 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.
The Origin Viewer 9.1 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.