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Vue Data Grid: Chart Toolbar

The chart toolbar appears when the mouse hovers over the top right area of the chart, and provides access to additional functionality and the chart configuration sidebar.

From the toolbar, users can:
  • Change the chart type
  • Change the theme
  • Change which columns are used as categories and series
  • Format different aspects of the chart
  • Unlink the chart from the grid
  • Download the chart

Configuration Sidebar

Clicking on the 'hamburger' icon will open up the configuration sidebar, which provides access to a number of panels that allow the user to configure different aspects of the chart.

Chart Settings

The chart settings panel allows users to change the chart type as well as the theme used in the chart as demonstrated below:

Chart Settings

Notice that charts are organised into different groups and the current chart can be changed by selecting the icon of a different chart.

The theme used by the chart can also be changed via the carousel located at the bottom of the chart setting panel.

Chart Data

The chart data panel is used to dynamically change the data being charted as shown below:

Chart Data

Using the chart data panel the category used in the chart can be changed via radio button selections. Multiple series can be charted and these can also be changed via checkbox selection.

Grid columns can either be configured as categories or series for charting or left for the grid to infer based on the data contained in the columns.

For more details on how the grid determines which columns are to be used as chart categories and series see the section on Defining Categories and Series.

Chart Format

The chart format panel allows users to change the appearance of the chart as shown below:

Chart Format

Chart options corresponding to the currently selected chart type appear in the format panel. This gives users full control over the appearance of the chart.

Unlinking Charts

Charts are linked to the data in the grid by default, so that if the data changes, the chart will also update. However, it is sometimes desirable to unlink a chart from the grid data. For instance, users may want to prevent a chart from being updated when subsequent sorts and filters are applied in the grid.

Unlinking a chart is achieved through the 'Unlink Chart' toolbar item as shown below:

Chart Unlinking

Notice that the chart range disappears from the grid when the chart has been unlinked, and subsequent changes to the grid sorting do not impact the chart.

Downloading Charts

The 'Download Chart' toolbar item will download the chart as a PNG file. Note that the chart is drawn using Canvas in the browser and as such the user can also right click on the chart and save just like any other image on a web page.

Toolbar Customisation

By default, all available toolbar items and menu panels can be accessed. However, items can be removed and reordered via the gridOptions.getChartToolbarItems(params) callback function.

Callback to be used to customise the chart toolbar items.
getChartToolbarItems = (
    params: GetChartToolbarItemsParams
) => ChartMenuOptions[];

interface GetChartToolbarItemsParams<TData = any> {
  defaultItems?: ChartMenuOptions[];
  // The grid api. 
  api: GridApi<TData>;
  // The column api. 
  columnApi: ColumnApi;
  // Application context as set on `gridOptions.context`. 
  context: any;

type ChartMenuOptions = 
    | ChartToolbarMenuItemOptions

type ChartToolPanelMenuOptions = 
    | 'chartData' 
    | 'chartFormat'

type ChartToolbarMenuItemOptions = 
    | 'chartUnlink' 
    | 'chartDownload'

This function receives the GetChartToolbarItemsParams object which contains the list of elements that are included by default in defaultItems, along with the grid APIs.

The list returned by the gridOptions.getChartToolbarItems(params) callback can be modified to reorder and omit items from the toolbar. For instance, returning an empty array will hide all toolbar items.

The example below shows how the toolbar can be customised. Notice the following:

  • Download Chart - has been positioned as the first toolbar item.
  • Chart Data Panel - appears first in the tabbed menu.
  • Chart Format Panel - has been removed from the tabbed menu.
  • Unlink Toolbar Item - has been removed from the toolbar.

Chart Tool Panel Customisation

The Chart Tool Panel can be customised within the chartToolPanelsDef grid option.

Allows customisation of the Chart Tool Panels, such as changing the tool panels visibility and order, as well as choosing which charts should be displayed in the settings panel.
chartToolPanelsDef: ChartToolPanelsDef;

interface ChartToolPanelsDef {
  // Customisations for the settings panel 
  settingsPanel?: ChartSettingsPanel;
  // Customisations for the format panel 
  formatPanel?: ChartFormatPanel;
  // The ordered list of panels to show in the chart tool panels. If none specified, all panels are shown 
  panels?: ChartToolPanelName[];
  // The panel to open by default when the chart loads. If none specified, the tool panel is hidden by default and the first panel is open when triggered. 
  defaultToolPanel?: ChartToolPanelName;

interface ChartSettingsPanel {
  // Chart groups customisations for which charts are displayed in the settings panel 
  chartGroupsDef?: ChartGroupsDef;

interface ChartGroupsDef {
  columnGroup?: ('column' | 'stackedColumn' | 'normalizedColumn')[];
  barGroup?: ('bar' | 'stackedBar' | 'normalizedBar')[];
  pieGroup?: ('pie' | 'doughnut')[];
  lineGroup?: ('line')[];
  scatterGroup?: ('scatter' | 'bubble')[];
  areaGroup?: ('area' | 'stackedArea' | 'normalizedArea')[];
  histogramGroup?: ('histogram')[];
  combinationGroup?: ('columnLineCombo' | 'areaColumnCombo' | 'customCombo')[];

interface ChartFormatPanel {
  // The format panel group configurations, their order and whether they are shown. If not specified shows all groups 
  groups?: ChartFormatPanelGroupDef[];

interface ChartFormatPanelGroupDef {
  // The format panel group type 
  type: ChartFormatPanelGroup;
  // Whether the format panel group is open by default. If not specified, it is closed 
  isOpen?: boolean;

type ChartFormatPanelGroup = 
    | 'legend' 
    | 'axis' 
    | 'series' 
    | 'navigator'

type ChartToolPanelName = 
    | 'data' 
    | 'format'

Customising chart tool panels

The Chart Tool Panels can be reorganised using the chartToolPanelsDef.panels grid option, and a tool panel can be opened when the chart is loaded using the chartToolPanelsDef.defaultToolPanel grid option.

Note that when the chartToolPanels grid option is used, the panels returned from gridOptions.getChartToolbarItems(params) are ignored. If chartToolPanelsDef is defined without chartToolPanelsDef.panels, all panels will be shown regardless of the results of gridOptions.getChartToolbarItems(params).

The example below shows panels being reorganised with the format tool panel open by default:

Customising settings panel chart groups

The list of chart groups shown on the settings panel can be customised using the chartToolPanelsDef.settingsPanel.chartGroupsDef grid option. The full list of chart groups are as follows:

    /* other grid options ... */>

this.chartToolPanelsDef = {
    settingsPanel: {
        chartGroupsDef: {
            columnGroup: [
            barGroup: [
            pieGroup: [
            lineGroup: [
            scatterGroup: [
            areaGroup: [
            histogramGroup: [
            combinationGroup: [

The example below shows a reordering of chart groups with some chart groups and types removed:

  • Pie group appears first
  • Columns group appears second with the chart types reordered
  • Bar appears last with only a single bar chart type

Customising format panel groups

The groups shown on the format panel can be customised using the chartToolPanelsDef.formatPanel.groups grid option. The list specified also indicates the order the groups are shown and whether they are open by default. If chartToolPanelsDef.formatPanel.groups is not specified, all groups are shown and are closed by default.

Different chart types will display different format panel groups and will override the groups specified in the grid option if needed. For example, a pie chart does not have an axis or a navigator, so if pie chart is selected, the Axis and Navigator format panel groups will not be shown even if they are listed in chartToolPanelsDef.formatPanel.groups.

The default list and order of format groups are as follows:

    /* other grid options ... */>

this.chartToolPanelsDef = {
    formatPanel: {
        groups: [
                type: 'chart'
                // If `isOpen` is not specified, group is closed by default
                // isOpen: false
            { type: 'legend', isOpen: false },
            { type: 'axis', isOpen: false },
            { type: 'series', isOpen: false },
            { type: 'navigator', isOpen: false }

The following example shows the format panel with:

  • chart group open by default
  • series, legend and axis groups shown afterwards, closed by default
  • navigator not shown

Chart Tool Panels Button

The Chart Tool Panels Button offers an alternative way to access the Chart Tool Panels and is enabled as shown below:

    /* other grid options ... */>

this.enableChartToolPanelsButton = true;

When enabled, a button will appear on the right-hand-side (left-hand-side when enableRtl=true) of the chart. Note that the Toolbar icons will be permanently shown, except the ‘hamburger' icon which isn’t shown.

The following example demonstrates the results of enabling enableChartToolPanelsButton:

Next Up

Continue to the next section to learn about the: Chart Container.