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Add ScottPlot WinForms Control Programmatically

The FormsPlot control may not appear in the Visual Studio Toolbox or it might throw a TypeInitializationException when first used. This is an known issue affecting old versions of Visual Studio or projects that target .NET Framework. The recommended fix is to place a Panel where you want the plot instead, then create a FormsPlot programmatically to go inside it.

Step 1: Open Visual Studio and create a new Windows Forms App

Step 2: Right-click the project, select “Manage NuGet Packages”, and install the “ScottPlot.WinForms” package

Step 3: Drop a Panel onto your window and give it a unique color

Step 4: Edit your Form’s .cs file as follows

using ScottPlot.WinForms;
using System.Windows.Forms;

namespace WindowsFormsApp33
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        // Create an instance of a FormsPlot like this
        readonly FormsPlot FormsPlot1 = new FormsPlot() { Dock = DockStyle.Fill };

        public Form1()

            // Add the FormsPlot to the panel

            // Plot data using the control
            double[] data = ScottPlot.Generate.Sin();