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Highcharts Getting Started Example

Posted Under: Charts, Highcharts, Responsive, Tutorials on Mar 16, 2020
Highcharts is a charting library written in pure JavaScript. Highcharts can easily and interactively add interactive charts to web sites or web applications. Highcharts is free for personal learning, personal websites, and non-commercial use.

Highcharts features

  • Compatibility: Supports all major browsers and mobile platforms (android, iOS, etc.).
  • Multi-device: supports multiple devices, such as iPhone / iPad, tablet, etc.
  • Free to use: Open source and free.
  • Lightweight: The highcharts.js kernel library is only about ~35KB.
  • Simple configuration: use json format configuration
  • Dynamic: can be modified after the chart is generated.
  • Multidimensional: Support for multidimensional charts
  • Configuration prompt tool: when the mouse moves to a point on the chart, there is a prompt message.
  • Timeline: can be accurate to the millisecond.
  • Export: Forms can be exported to PDF / PNG / JPG / SVG format
  • Output: Web output chart.
  • Zoom: Select the chart part to zoom in, observe the chart up close;
  • External data:load dynamic data from the server.
  • Text rotation: supports label rotation in any direction.

Highcharts Configuration

Highcharts depends on jQuery, so you must load the jQuery library before loading Highcharts. Highcharts can be installed in two ways:
  1. Visit highcharts.com to download the Highcharts package.
  2. Use the Highcharts CDN

Highcharts Example

First create the HTML page with the jQuery and Highcharts libraries.
<html>
    <head>
        <title>Highcharts Tutorial</title>
            <script src="https://cdn.tutorialjinni.com/jquery/3.4.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
            <script src="https://cdn.tutorialjinni.com/highcharts/7.2.0/highcharts.js"></script>
    </head>
    <body>
        <div id="container"></div>
        <script language="JavaScript">
            $(document).ready(function () {

            });
        </script>
    </body>
</html>
The div with the id container in the example is used to contain the chart drawn by Highcharts. Now create a JSON configuration for chart like below. Click for Live preview.
<html>
    <head>
        <title>Highcharts Tutorial</title>
        <script src="https://cdn.tutorialjinni.com/jquery/3.4.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.tutorialjinni.com/highcharts/7.2.0/highcharts.js"></script>
    </head>
    <body>
        <div id="container"></div>
        <script language="JavaScript">
            $(document).ready(function () {
                var title = {
                    text: 'Monthly Average Temperature'
                };
                var subtitle = {
                    text: 'Source: sampledata.tld'
                };
                var xAxis = {
                    categories: ['January', 'February', 'March', 'April', 'May', 'June'
                                , 'July', 'August', 'September', 'October', 'November', 'December']};
                var yAxis = {
                    title: {
                        text: 'Temperature (xB0C)'
                    },
                    plotLines: [{
                            value: 0,
                            width: 1,
                            color: '#808080'
                        }]
                };
                var tooltip = {
                    valueSuffix: 'xB0C'
                }
                var legend = {
                    layout: 'vertical',
                    align: 'right',
                    verticalAlign: 'middle',
                    borderWidth: 0
                };
                var series = [
                    {
                        name: 'Tokyo',
                        data: [7.0, 6.9, 9.5, 14.5, 18.2, 21.5, 25.2,
                            26.5, 23.3, 18.3, 13.9, 9.6]
                    },
                    {
                        name: 'New York',
                        data: [-0.2, 0.8, 5.7, 11.3, 17.0, 22.0, 24.8,
                            24.1, 20.1, 14.1, 8.6, 2.5]
                    },
                    {
                        name: 'Berlin',
                        data: [-0.9, 0.6, 3.5, 8.4, 13.5, 17.0, 18.6,
                            17.9, 14.3, 9.0, 3.9, 1.0]
                    },
                    {
                        name: 'London',
                        data: [3.9, 4.2, 5.7, 8.5, 11.9, 15.2, 17.0,
                            16.6, 14.2, 10.3, 6.6, 4.8]
                    }
                ];
                var json = {};
                json.title = title;
                json.subtitle = subtitle;
                json.xAxis = xAxis;
                json.yAxis = yAxis;
                json.tooltip = tooltip;
                json.legend = legend;
                json.series = series;
                $('#container').highcharts(json);
            });
        </script>
    </body>
</html>
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