Chartjs Gradient Background post

Chartjs gradient background

How to add a gradient background for the entire Chart.js and not just for the dataset, that was my first question when I started to play with it, so here I am...

Chart Plugins

Plugins are the most efficient way to customize or change the default behavior of a chart. They have been introduced at version 2.1.0 (global plugins only) and extended at version 2.5.0 (per chart plugins and options).

With a custom plugin we can draw a custom background implementing the function "beforeDraw".

The following plugin draws a custom gradient in the chart background:

    var GradientBgPlugin = {
        beforeDraw: function (chartInstance) {
            const ctx = chartInstance.chart.ctx;
            const canvas = chartInstance.chart.canvas;
            const chartArea = chartInstance.chartArea;

            // Chart background
            var gradientBack = canvas.getContext("2d").createLinearGradient(0, 0, 0, 300);
            gradientBack.addColorStop(0, "rgba(0, 255,0, 0.3)");
            gradientBack.addColorStop(0.5, "rgba(255, 255, 255, 0)");
            gradientBack.addColorStop(1, "rgba(255, 0, 0, 0.3)");

            ctx.fillStyle = gradientBack;
            ctx.fillRect(chartArea.left, chartArea.bottom,
                        chartArea.right - chartArea.left, - chartArea.bottom);

Then insert the custom plugin in the Chart configuration and voilĂ :

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Tags: chartjs, javascript, tips