I have been interested in using bubbles as symbols for a ListPlot. I am aware of the power of Mathematica. I think that is possible. Is there anyone who has an experience with it? I mean bubbles in the below shapes (albeit in smaller size):

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  • $\begingroup$ For similar queries, you can use: Names["*Bubble*"] and then explore each entry using the docs by pressing F1. $\endgroup$
    – Syed
    Commented Feb 25, 2023 at 17:05
  • $\begingroup$ Or search the documentation with bubble $\endgroup$
    – Bob Hanlon
    Commented Feb 25, 2023 at 17:07
  • $\begingroup$ I had seen documents for Bubbles. But the results as the below answer is not desired. The symbols are solid sphere not bubbles I think. I wish to have bubbles. $\endgroup$
    – monfneg
    Commented Feb 25, 2023 at 17:14
  • $\begingroup$ You can use any type of Graphics or even Graphics3D for your plot markers. Please see the examples in the documentation for PlotMarkers. $\endgroup$
    – Domen
    Commented Feb 25, 2023 at 17:41

1 Answer 1


(* "13.2.1 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (January 27, 2023)" *)



data = RandomReal[1, {10, 3}];

With BubbleChart the bubbles are not spheres, although they can be given the appearance of spheres. Note that the Head is Graphics (i.e., 2D) so there are no spheres (3D)


(* Graphics *)

There are several built-in choices for ChartElementFunction


(* {"Bubble", "FadingBubble", "GradientBubble", "MarkerBubble", "NoiseBubble", \
"OscillatingBubble", "PolyhedronBubble", "SphereBubble", "SquareWaveBubble", \
"TriangleWaveBubble"} *)


   ChartElementFunction -> #,
   PlotLabel -> #] & /@

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