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Looker vs Pluto.jl:
a side-by-side comparison for 2024

Comparing two data science notebooks.

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Looker

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Looker is a powerful BI tool that allows data analysts to create interactive dashboards, explore and analyze data from multiple sources with ease, and ensure robust data governance.
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Pluto.jl

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Writing a notebook is not just about writing the final document — Pluto empowers the experiments and discoveries that are essential to getting there.
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Looker

Pluto.jl

Setup

Is it managed?

Is it managed?

Fully managed (setup in hours)
No, you must host it yourself

Can you self-host?

Can you self-host?

You can self-host (setup in hours)
You can self-host (setup in hours)

Features

Is it Jupyter compatible?

Is it Jupyter compatible?

Jupyter-compatible
Not Jupyter-compatible

Programming languages

Programming languages

SQL
Julia

What kind of data sources can you connect to?

What kind of data sources can you connect to?

Provided file storage
Unknown

What kind of data visualization can you do?

What kind of data visualization can you do?

UI for building charts
Unknown

Reactivity

Reactivity

Reactivity with caveats
Full, realtime reactivity

Notebook scheduling

Notebook scheduling

Notebook scheduling is built in
No notebook scheduling

Management

Reproducibility

Reproducibility

Unknown
Execution is reproducible by default

Version history

Version history

No version history
File-based (use Git)

Collaborative editing

Collaborative editing

Multiple editors at the same time
File-based (use Git)

Comments

Comments

No support for comments
File-based (use GitHub)

Notebook organization

Notebook organization

View notebooks in a list
File-based

Licensing

License

License

Proprietary
Open-source (MIT)

Price

Price

Free tier
Pay for compute
Free

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