Create a Chart in React using FusionCharts

FusionCharts is a JavaScript charting library that enables you to create interactive charts, gauges, maps and dashboards in JavaScript. We have built a simple and lightweight React component that provides bindings for FusionCharts. The react-fusioncharts component allows you to easily add rich and interactive charts to any React project.

On this page, you'll see how to install FusionCharts and render a chart using the react-fusionCharts component.

Setting up a React project

You need to have a react project setup before proceeding any further. If not, you can follow the below steps to initiate the project.

Follow the steps given to initiate the project. One of the best ways to set up the development environment is using create-react-app. Find more about it here.

Open the terminal, go ahead and enter:

npx create-react-app first-fusioncharts-project
cd first-fusioncharts-project
npm start

first-fusioncharts-project is the working directory where React Boilerplate will be installed along with all the utilities and dependencies.

The working directory should contain a package.json. If the package is not present, you can create it using the npm init -y command.

Now, open http://localhost:3000/ to see your React app.

Installation and including dependencies

Install the react-fusioncharts and fusioncharts modules using the following command:

npm install fusioncharts react-fusioncharts --save

After installing the fusioncharts components, you can replace the code in App.js file with the code shown in the steps below to create your first chart. Import all the required dependencies to get started.

// Step 1 - Include react
import React from "react";

// Step 2 - Include the react-fusioncharts component
import ReactFC from "react-fusioncharts";

// Step 3 - Include the fusioncharts library
import FusionCharts from "fusioncharts";

// Step 4 - Include the chart type
import Column2D from "fusioncharts/fusioncharts.charts";

// Step 5 - Include the theme as fusion
import FusionTheme from "fusioncharts/themes/fusioncharts.theme.fusion";

// Step 6 - Adding the chart and theme as dependency to the core fusioncharts
ReactFC.fcRoot(FusionCharts, Column2D, FusionTheme);

Preparing the data

Let's create a chart showing the "Countries With Most Oil Reserves". The data of the oil reserves present in various countries is shown in the tabular form below.

Country No. of Oil Reserves
Venezuela 290K
Saudi 260K
Canada 180K
Iran 140K
Russia 115K
UAE 100K
US 30K
China 30K

Since we are plotting a single dataset, let us create a column 2D chart with 'countries' as data labels along x-axis and 'No. of oil reserves' as data values along y-axis. Let us prepare the data for a single-series chart.

FusionCharts accepts the data in JSON format. So the above data in the tabular form will take the below shape.

// Preparing the chart data
const chartData = [
  {
    label: "Venezuela",
    value: "290"
  },
  {
    label: "Saudi",
    value: "260"
  },
  {
    label: "Canada",
    value: "180"
  },
  {
    label: "Iran",
    value: "140"
  },
  {
    label: "Russia",
    value: "115"
  },
  {
    label: "UAE",
    value: "100"
  },
  {
    label: "US",
    value: "30"
  },
  {
    label: "China",
    value: "30"
  }
];

Configure your chart

Now that the data is ready, let's work on the styling, positioning and giving your chart a context.

// Create a JSON object to store the chart configurations
const chartConfigs = {
  type: "column2d", // The chart type
  width: "700", // Width of the chart
  height: "400", // Height of the chart
  dataFormat: "json", // Data type
  dataSource: {
    // Chart Configuration
    chart: {
      caption: "Countries With Most Oil Reserves [2017-18]",    //Set the chart caption
      subCaption: "In MMbbl = One Million barrels",             //Set the chart subcaption
      xAxisName: "Country",           //Set the x-axis name
      yAxisName: "Reserves (MMbbl)",  //Set the y-axis name
      numberSuffix: "K",
      theme: "fusion"                 //Set the theme for your chart
    },
    // Chart Data - from step 2
    data: chartData
  }
};

The 'type' attribute in the chartConfigs object signifies the type of chart being rendered. Have a look at different chart types with their aliases here.

Render the chart

Get ready to render your first chart finally. Use this consolidated code shown below:

// STEP 1 - Include Dependencies
// Include react
import React from "react";
import ReactDOM from "react-dom";

// Include the react-fusioncharts component
import ReactFC from "react-fusioncharts";

// Include the fusioncharts library
import FusionCharts from "fusioncharts";

// Include the chart type
import Column2D from "fusioncharts/fusioncharts.charts";

// Include the theme as fusion
import FusionTheme from "fusioncharts/themes/fusioncharts.theme.fusion";

// Adding the chart and theme as dependency to the core fusioncharts
ReactFC.fcRoot(FusionCharts, Column2D, FusionTheme);

// STEP 2 - Chart Data
const chartData = [
  {
    label: "Venezuela",
    value: "290"
  },
  {
    label: "Saudi",
    value: "260"
  },
  {
    label: "Canada",
    value: "180"
  },
  {
    label: "Iran",
    value: "140"
  },
  {
    label: "Russia",
    value: "115"
  },
  {
    label: "UAE",
    value: "100"
  },
  {
    label: "US",
    value: "30"
  },
  {
    label: "China",
    value: "30"
  }
];

// STEP 3 - Creating the JSON object to store the chart configurations
const chartConfigs = {
  type: "column2d", // The chart type
  width: "700", // Width of the chart
  height: "400", // Height of the chart
  dataFormat: "json", // Data type
  dataSource: {
    // Chart Configuration
    chart: {
      caption: "Countries With Most Oil Reserves [2017-18]",
      subCaption: "In MMbbl = One Million barrels",
      xAxisName: "Country",
      yAxisName: "Reserves (MMbbl)",
      numberSuffix: "K",
      theme: "fusion"
    },
    // Chart Data
    data: chartData
  }
};

// STEP 4 - Creating the DOM element to pass the react-fusioncharts component
class App extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return (<ReactFC {...chartConfigs} />);
  }
}

export default App;

See your chart

You should be able to see the chart as shown below.

FusionCharts will load here..

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That's it! Your first chart using react-fusioncharts is ready.