kiwi1342 kiwi1342 - 1 year ago 375
jQuery Question

chart js 2 how to set bar width

I'm using Chart js version: 2.1.4 and I'm not able to limit the bar width. I found two options on stackoverflow

barPercentage: 0.5


categorySpacing: 0

but neither of one works with the mentioned version. Is there a way to solve this issue without manually modifying the chart.js core library?


Answer Source

You were right : The attribute you have to edit is barPercentage.

But maybe the error comes from where you edited the value.

As you can see in the bar chart options :

Name : barPercentage
- Type : Number
- Default : 0.9
- Description : Percent (0-1) of the available width each bar should be within the category percentage. 1.0 will take the whole category width and put the bars right next to each other. Read More

The attribute is actually stored in scales.xAxes ("Options for xAxes" table).

So you just have to edit your chart this way :

var options = {
    scales: {
        xAxes: [{
            barPercentage: 0.4

Here is a fully working example with a custom width (0.2) for the bar :

var data = {
    labels: ["January", "February", "March", "April", "May", "June", "July"],
    datasets: [{
        label: "My First dataset",
        backgroundColor: "rgba(75,192,192,0.4)",
        borderColor: "rgba(75,192,192,1)",
        data: [65, 59, 75, 81, 56, 55, 40],

var ctx = document.getElementById("myChart");
var myChart = new Chart(ctx, {
    type: 'bar',
    data: data,
    options: {
        scales: {
            yAxes: [{
                ticks: {
                    beginAtZero: true
            xAxes: [{
                // Change here
            	barPercentage: 0.2

<script src=""></script>
<canvas id="myChart"></canvas>

Update (Chart.js Version 2.2.0+)

As stated in the Release Version 2.2.0 - Candidate 2 :


  • Can now manually configure the thickness of a bar in a bar chart. Use a new barThickness option on the correct axis to set the thickness of a bar.
  • And so on ...
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