After thousands of sales calls and attending many conferences, we clearly understand why our users choose AG Grid over the competition. This article explains the main reasons why AG Grid has become the leading Enterprise JavaScript data grid.

The ‘ag’ in AG Grid stands for AGnostic

AG Grid has zero dependencies such as Angular or React, we don’t even use JQuery, Underscore or LoDash. The foundations of AG Grid is a custom made framework designed specifically for AG Grid. Having no dependency means AG Grid will work with any framework — we call this framework agnostic.

Being framework agnostic allows you to choose your framework and data grid separately. It also reduces the work required when you move frameworks (e.g. moving from Angular 1 to Angular, VueJS to Reactetc.).
If you choose a data grid that is not framework agnostic (e.g. written using Angular) then you are locked into that framework.

We believe that your data grid selection should not lock you into a specific framework.

We are not aware of any other data grid that is agnostic like AG Grid.

Learn more about our Agnostic data grid philosophy.

Enterprise Foundations

The authors of AG Grid come with years of delivering reporting and data warehousing solutions to investment banks and telecommunications companies. We are not traditional web developers, our skills are not creating consumer facing websites, but enterprise applications.

We understand data and how to best manage it.

Pretty much all other JavaScript data grids start off solving a particular problem (e.g. filters and sorting, or a pivot table) but then fail to scale. The designs are not extensible to the complex requirements of a data grid.

We built AG Grid because no other data grid met our development needs as we explain in The History of AG Grid

AG Grid’s solid design allows it to manage a) the core features of a data grid and b) items which do not exist in other grids e.g. pivoting. AG Grid does the standard features better and then takes if further with advanced features not seen in other data grids.

We are not aware of any other data grid that manages complexity like AG Grid.

Integrating, not Wrapping

AG Grid integrates with frameworks such as Angular and React. That means AG Grid is not only available as a React or Angular 1 / 2 component, it also allows you to use React and Angular 1 / 2 inside AG Grid for custom cell rendering.

We are not aware of any other grid component that allows you to select from any of these frameworks inside the grid while staying agnostic.

Features Above and Beyond

AG Grid gives for free what other grids are charging for. There is no reason to buy another data grid. The enterprise version of AG Grid contains features that go above and beyond other data grids on the market.

We are not aware of any other grid that provides the same level of enterprise features as AG Grid.

AG Grid provides features that no other grid has matched e.g our Integrated Charting solution allows the user to explore data visually without any development effort.

We add all features into a single grid. We don't create separate grids for tree layouts, pivot tables or different frameworks. One grid, same features and API across all frameworks.

Open Source

Both AG Grid and AG Grid-Enterprise are open source — AG Grid is free, AG Grid Enterprise requires a license. Both sets of code are available on Github where you can see the code and raise issues and pull requests. The open source nature allows the community to advise the AG Grid team and act as code reviewers. A closed source project does not have the same community support.

We are not aware of any other commercial data grid that offers its code as open source on Github.

Free and Commercial

AG Grid has both free and commercial versions. This allows everyone to benefit from AG Grid even if their budget is limited. The commercial version funds the growth of the project. This guarantees the AG Grid project will continue while also providing the best standard JavaScript data grid for free.

This also allows you to explore, evaluate and experiment with AG Grid using the free community edition without having to engage in a sales process, and your evaluation can take as long as it needs to. Many of our customers start by using the community edition in their commercial products and upgrade to the enterprise version for support and access to the more advanced features.

Pure Open Source has more Risk

Purely open source projects come with no support or warranty. They also run a greater risk of discontinuing as the developers find other ways to spend their free time. If you are using an open source data grid that is not owned by a recognised company, it runs the risk of losing developer support and becoming stale and unsupported.

AG Grid has an office, revenue and employees. Keeping AG Grid alive is our job.

Extension and Flexibility

AG Grid has an API that supports developers in building advanced features and extending the grid.

Developers appreciate all the hooks and capabilities for adding custom components and styling into the grid.

We are so flexible that there are companies and open source projects that have built products to create new themes and new GUI capabilities for the grid while the core grid functionality is left unchanged. e.g. Adaptable Tools

Our APIs and dependency free bundle means that AG Grid is also available as a plugin to many Data Vizualisation and ML tools like R and Streamlit.

We Keep Advancing

We concentrate on core features that integrate into the grid. We don't supply a library of components because all our development effort goes into making the best grid possible. We don't want to take over your entire application development process we want to enable you in creating a highly performant and scalable data grid visualisation system.

AG Grid continues to surpass the competition. You can expect AG Grid to march forward and go to places no JavaScript data grid has gone before — all while the other data grids struggle to catch up.

Learn more about AG Grid — high performance JavaScript Data Grid. We write the code to visualise data in interactive tables so you can concentrate on writing the application code. We support multiple frameworks: Angular, Vue, React and JavaScript so you can pick the best framework for your needs.