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Create a Line Chart with react-chartjs-2 – an Example

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react-chartjs-2 is an easy to use library for creating all kinds of charts.

It’s based on Chart.js, which renders chart in an HTML canvas element.

We can use it to render charts in a canvas inside a React app.

To get started, we install Chart.js and react-chartjs-2 by running:

npm install --save react-chartjs-2 chart.js moment

We also installed moments to create dates for the x-axis labels.

Then we can write the following code:

import React from "react";
import { Line } from "react-chartjs-2";
import moment from "moment";

const startDate = new Date(2020, 0, 1);
const labels = [];
for (let i = 0; i < 6; i++) {
  const date = moment(startDate)
    .add(i, "days")

const data = canvas => {
  const ctx = canvas.getContext("2d");
  const gradient = ctx.createLinearGradient(0, 0, 100, 0);
  return {
    backgroundColor: gradient,
    datasets: [
        label: "# of Votes",
        data: [12, 19, 3, 5, 2, 3],
        borderWidth: 3,
        fill: false,
        borderColor: "green"

export default function App() {
  return (
    <div className="App">
      <Line data={data} />

We first create the x-axis labels and populate them in the labels array/

We did that by using the moment function and call add on it to add 1 day in each iteration of the for loop.

Then we create a data function, which takes the canvas object, which has the canvas element as the parameter.

Then we get the canvas from it and change the items that we want.

The function returns the options for our graph, including the data.

The object we return in data has various options.

It has the labels property to populate the x-axis labels.

backgroundColor has the color for our graph.

datasets has an array with an object with the data and some options for the line.

data has the y-axis values for each x-axis value.

borderWidth specifies the thickness of the line in pixels.

fill is set to false means that we don’t have any colors between the x-axis and our line.

label is the text label for our legend.

borderColor is the color of our line.

Once we have that code, we’ll see the following graph:

By John Au-Yeung

Web developer specializing in React, Vue, and front end development.

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