Create a chart in ASP.NET

FusionTime is a JavaScript charting library that helps you visualize, and explore time-series data. In FusionTime, you get lots of out-of-the-box interactivity, like, time navigator, date range selectors, tooltips with crosslines, interactive legend and more features which enhances the experience of exploring and understanding time series data.

We have built a simple FusionCharts server-side ASP.NET wrapper, which provides bindings for FusionTime. The FusionCharts server-side ASP.NET wrapper allows you to easily add interactive time-series charts to any ASP.NET project.

FusionCharts allows you to follow two different approaches to render charts using ASP.NET:

  • ASP.NET server-side wrapper

  • FusionCharts.NET Visualization library

We recommend you to use FusionCharts.NET library over ASP.NET wrapper, as the library comes with some advantages listed below:

  • FusionCharts.NET library is compatible with ASP.NET Framework, ASP.NET Core, ASP.NET Standard, Mono/Xamarin whereas ASP.NET wrapper is only compatible with ASP.NET Framework.

  • FusionCharts.NET library has the ability to accept data from different sources.

  • FusionCharts.NET library accepts remote data.

  • FusionCharts.NET library allows operations on data.

  • FusionCharts.NET library has the ability to handle chart structure-specific json.

  • FusionCharts.NET library has the ability of conditional data plot formatting.

  • Using FusionCharts.NET library you can specify a page-level theme.

  • You can write fully object-oriented c#/VB code when using the FusionCharts.NET library.


Since FusionTime is distributed along with FusionCharts Suite, download/install the FusionCharts package to get access to FusionTime. Note that you will also need .NET Framework 3.5 or later version to use FusionTime.

The FusionCharts ASP.NET server-side wrapper requires .NET Framework 3.5 or higher.

  • Include the FusionCharts JavaScript files, which can be downloaded from here.

  • Copy the FusionCharts.cs or FusionCharts.vb class (C#/VB) file from integrations > >fusioncharts-wrapper-source (for C#) or integration > > fusioncharts-wrapper-source (for VB) to App_Code folder inside your project.

  • Include the FusionTime file to render time-series charts.

The consolidated code is shown below:

// Include FusionCharts core file
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

// Include FusionTime file
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

// Include FusionCharts core file
<script type="text/javascript" src="path/to/local/fusioncharts.js"></script>

// Include FusionTime file
<script type="text/javascript" src="path/to/local/fusioncharts.timeseries.js"></script>

That completes the installation of FusionTime and the ASP.NET wrapper.

Create Your First Chart

Now that you have installed FusionTime and FusionCharts server-side ASP.NET wrapper, let us build the first chart to show the Daily sales of a grocery store.

The chart will look as shown below:

Loading data for chart…

The data for the above chart is shown in the table below:

Time Sales
01-Feb-11 8866
02-Feb-11 2174
03-Feb-11 2084
04-Feb-11 1503
05-Feb-11 4928
06-Feb-11 4667
07-Feb-11 1064

FusionTime accepts a DataTable as the data source. DataTable is a part of DataStore, which is a tabular representation of the data. To create the DataTable, you need to provide the following:

  • schema - which defines the properties of the columns.

  • data - values of each row and column of the DataTable.

For an instance of FusionTime, you can create n number of DataTables, but only one DataStore.

Next, let's learn how to prepare the schema and the data of the DataTable.

Create the schema

The schema outlines each column represented in the above table. The schema contains an array which has multiple objects created in it. Each object represents a column in the DataTable.

name and type are mandatory keys for each object. If the object type is time then format is also a mandatory key.

To define the schema, let's create a schema.json file and copy the following code:

It is not mandatory to create the schema in a different .json file. You can also define the schema within the .html file.

    "name": "Time",
    "type": "date",
    "format": "%-m/%-d/%Y"
}, {
    "name": "Sales",
    "type": "number"

In the above code:

  • schema is the variable in which the array is stored.

  • Each object of a schema maps to a column of the tabular representation of the data.

  • The JSON object has the following attributes:

    • name - Specify the name of the column of the tabular representation of data

    • type - Specify the type of the column.

    • format - Specify the input format of the date as per your data. In this example, the format is %-m/%-d/%Y. To know more about date formats, click here.

Now that we have the schema ready, let's work on the data.

Create the data

Data for the above chart is too big to be shown here. A sample of it has been used in the data object defined below:


Create a new data.json file, and copy the above code there.

It is not mandatory to create a data.json file. You could also include the data in your HTML file.

In the above code:

  • Each object in the data array corresponds to a row in the tabular representation of the data.

  • Each element in an object is represented by each object of the schema. The values in each object of the array represent the following:

    • Time according to the format

    • Total sales amount

We are all set with our data to create the chart.

By default, FusionTime applies the average function to aggregate the data and display on the chart. You can change the aggregate function from average to any other numeric calculation. To know more, click here.

Now, let's create the files to render the above chart.

Render the chart

Once you have the data and the schema ready, create a .aspx file and copy the following code:

using System;
using System.Text;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using FusionCharts.Charts;
using System.Net;
public partial class index : System.Web.UI.Page
    protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
        // Local variables for consuming schema and data information.
        string schema, data;
        // Fetch data and schema information from remote url and store these in local schema and data variables.
        using (WebClient client = new WebClient())
            data = client.DownloadString("..PATH/data.json");
            schema = client.DownloadString("..PATH/schema.json");
        // Create and initialize FusionTable object instance with the constructor parameters of data and schema.
        FusionTable fusionTable = new FusionTable(schema, data);
        // Create and initialize TimeSeries object instance with the constructor parameters of FusionTable object instance.
        TimeSeries timeSeries = new TimeSeries(fusionTable);
        // Wrapper constructor parameters
        // charttype, chartID, width, height, data format, TimeSeries object
        Chart chart = new Chart("timeseries", "first_chart", "700", "450", "json", timeSeries);
        Literal1.Text = chart.Render();

In the above code:

  • schema and data are the variables to comsume informations of schema and data file.

  • using() is used to store the informations of data and schema to the variables.

  • Create and initialize FusionTable object instance with the constructor parameters of data and schema.

  • Create and initialize TimeSeries object instance with the constructor parameters of FusionTable object instance.

  • The following parameter values have been set for the Chart object of the FusionCharts wrapper constructor:

    • Value of charttype has been set to timeseries.

    • Value of chartID has been set to first_chart.

    • Value of width has been set to 700.

    • Value of height has been set to 450.

    • Value of data format has been set to json

    • The time-series object timeSeries has been provided.

  • The render() function has been applied to the Literal1 container to render the chart.

That's it! Your first chart in ASP.NET using FusionTime is ready.