yFiles for Silverlight Product Types

yFiles for Silverlight is available in two different distributions.

Distribution Types

Viewer Distribution

The Viewer distribution contains only the yFiles for Silverlight Viewer component.

Complete Distribution

The Complete distribution contains the yFiles for Silverlight Viewer component and an Algorithms component with the yFiles graph analysis and layout algorithms.

In addition, this distribution contains adapter classes that facilitate the usage of the yFiles algorithms from the Viewer library.

Distribution Features

The following table provides an overview of the features of the yFiles for Silverlight distributions.

  yFiles for Silverlight Distribution
Algorithms Componentefficient algorithms-oriented graph structure implementation 
wide variety of graph and network algorithms 
algorithms for automatic layout of graphs and diagrams 
algorithms for automatic layout of connections in diagrams 
automatic label placement 
Viewer Componentefficient graph structure implementation with support for the visual representation of graph elements
powerful graph viewer component for the presentation and creation / editing of diagrams
extensive user interaction support
support for nested graph structures
support for bitmap image export and for the GraphML input / output file format for diagrams
printing support, incl. poster printing
animations and layout morphing
context menu support

yFiles for Silverlight Building Blocks

The yFiles for Silverlight distributions consist of the following building blocks:


yFiles for Silverlight Algorithms contains efficient algorithms and data structures for graph analysis tasks as well as state-of-the-art graph layout algorithms.


yFiles for Silverlight Algorithms provides essential classes and data types for graph analysis tasks. These include highly efficient implementations of advanced data types such as Graph and Priority Queue. Furthermore, the algorithms library contains a wide variety of graph and network algorithms which in turn form an indispensable toolkit for a range of network analysis tasks.


The algorithms library offers a perfect suite of graph layout algorithms which deliver you unrivaled opportunities. Diverse layout styles including hierarchic, orthogonal, or circular are provided as easy to integrate components that can be configured programmatically to suit most layout demands. In addition, yFiles for Silverlight Algorithms provides edge routing algorithms that make it possible to easily route edges into existing diagrams. The different layout styles also now include several incremental algorithms, for example incremental hierarchical layout.


The yFiles for Silverlight Viewer component provides powerful Silverlight controls for displaying graphs, and makes available excellent graph interaction capabilities with the controls, convenient printing capabilities, and bitmap image export support.


The controls can display arbitrary graphical objects based on a graphics engine tailored to support both flexible customization and high performance rendering of complex graphics.


yFiles for Silverlight makes it easy to add custom editing functionality to your Silverlight application. The library offers full clipboard and Undo/Redo support.


yFiles for Silverlight uses the XML based GraphML format as its native exchange file format for graph structure and layout information.
The graph controls support bitmap image export, printing support can be easily integrated into your application.