Fredrik Fredrik - 1 month ago 46
Javascript Question

Chart.js — drawing an arbitrary vertical line

How can I draw an vertical line at a particular point on the x-axis using Chart.js?

In particular, I want to draw a line to indicate the current day on a LineChart. Here's a mockup of the chart:
http://i.stack.imgur.com/VQDWR.png

Answer

You extend the line chart and include logic for drawing the line in the draw function.


Preview

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HTML

<div>
    <canvas id="LineWithLine" width="600" height="400"></canvas>
</div>

Script

var data = {
    labels: ["JAN", "FEB", "MAR", "APR", "MAY", "JUN", "JUL", "AUG", "SEP", "OCT", "NOV", "DEC"],
    datasets: [{
        data: [12, 3, 2, 1, 8, 8, 2, 2, 3, 5, 7, 1]
    }]
};

var ctx = document.getElementById("LineWithLine").getContext("2d");

Chart.types.Line.extend({
    name: "LineWithLine",
    draw: function () {
        Chart.types.Line.prototype.draw.apply(this, arguments);

        var point = this.datasets[0].points[this.options.lineAtIndex]
        var scale = this.scale

        // draw line
        this.chart.ctx.beginPath();
        this.chart.ctx.moveTo(point.x, scale.startPoint + 24);
        this.chart.ctx.strokeStyle = '#ff0000';
        this.chart.ctx.lineTo(point.x, scale.endPoint);
        this.chart.ctx.stroke();

        // write TODAY
        this.chart.ctx.textAlign = 'center';
        this.chart.ctx.fillText("TODAY", point.x, scale.startPoint + 12);
    }
});

new Chart(ctx).LineWithLine(data, {
    datasetFill : false,
    lineAtIndex: 2
});

The option property lineAtIndex controls which point to draw the line at.

Fiddle - http://jsfiddle.net/dbyze2ga/14/