Create Charts in Django using Database

In addition to directly specifying the chart data (or the URL for the file in which the chart data is stored) directly in the JSON/XML code, you can also fetch data for the chart from a database.

This section showcases how you can do this using the FusionCharts Django wrapper.

Before you proceed, make sure you have installed and set up the plugin correctly.

Creating a simple Column Chart

Django models map (roughly) to a database table, and provide a place to encapsulate business logic. All models subclass the base Model class, and contain field definitions. Let’s start by creating a simple Revenue model for our application in

The Revenue model looks like shown below:

from django.db import models

class Revenue(models.Model):
    MonthlyRevenue = models.CharField(max_length=50)
    Month = models.CharField(max_length=50)

    def __unicode__(self):
        return u'%s %s' % (self.MonthlyRevenue, self.Month)

To setup your database and create your first model, go through the detailed steps from here

Using this data-model, we are generating column 2D chart showing monthly revenue of Harry’s Supermart in last year.

The column 2D chart by fetching the required data from a database looks like this:

FusionCharts will load here..

The data code required to create the above chart is given below:

from django.shortcuts import render
from django.http import HttpResponse

# Include the `` file that contains functions to embed the charts.
from fusioncharts import FusionCharts

from ..models import *

# The `chart` function is defined to generate Column 2D chart from database.
def chart(request):
    # Chart data is passed to the `dataSource` parameter, as dict, in the form of key-value pairs.
    dataSource = {}
    dataSource['chart'] = { 
        "caption": "Monthly revenue for last year",
            "subCaption": "Harry's SuperMart",
            "xAxisName": "Month",
            "yAxisName": "Revenues (In USD)",
            "numberPrefix": "$",
            "theme": "zune"

    # The data for the chart should be in an array where each element of the array is a JSON object
    # having the `label` and `value` as key value pair.

    dataSource['data'] = []
    # Iterate through the data in `Revenue` model and insert in to the `dataSource['data']` list.
    for key in Revenue.objects.all():
      data = {}
      data['label'] = key.Month
      data['value'] = key.MonthlyRevenue

    # Create an object for the Column 2D chart using the FusionCharts class constructor                      
    column2D = FusionCharts("column2D", "ex1" , "600", "350", "chart-1", "json", dataSource)
    return render(request, 'index.html', {'output': column2D.render()}) 
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