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NodeXL: Network Overview, Discovery and Exploration in Excel

NodeXL is a powerful and easy-to-use interactive network visualisation and analysis tool that leverages the widely available MS Excel application as the platform for representing generic graph data, performing advanced network analysis and visual exploration of networks. The tool supports multiple social network data providers that import graph data (nodes and edge lists) into the Excel spreadsheet.

The tool includes an Excel template for easy manipulation of graph data: 

 NodeXL includes a number of features, summarized in the NodeXL Chart:

Research Overview

The NodeXL team is conducting interdisciplinary research in the following areas:


Network Analysis Toolkit

Tools to support the study of the social network structure, social media and other network structures 






"What are the structures of communication in scientific discussions?"



User Experience: 

Information Visualization


"What are the best UI/UX workflows for network analysis tools?"




Computer Science:

 Algorithms for Network Analysis


"What are the measures and algorithms needed for understanding networks?




Sample networks generated with NodeXL:


Project contributers:


More information about the project can be found at

Clustered Graph using Harel-Koren layout in NodeXL

NodeXL 'Group-in-a-box' Layout of the Clustered graph
Microsoft Research Collaborators
External Collaborators
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