How To Create Beautiful Charts And Graphs In Your Flutter Application

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Learn how to create beautiful charts and graphs in your Flutter application to create dashboards or visualize statistic evaluations.

In this article, I’ll show you how to create beautiful charts and graphs in your Flutter application. I’ll cover the tools and methods to create good-looking and interactive charts. Whether you’re making a finance app, a data dashboard, or just want to make your app look better, learning how to make charts in Flutter can be a big help.

To create charts, I use the package fl_charts. It’s easy to set up, good to work with, and has an outstanding documentation. The following chart types are currently supported:

I will show you the PieChart and the LineChart. As they all work similar, you won’t have trouble implementing the other types yourself.

PieChart

Let’s start with an image of what the end result can look like:

A pie chart with a legend
A pie chart with a legend

And here is some code. I’ll explain it in the following.

A pie chart is just a collection of sections with various settings. Every section is represented by a PieChartSectionData object. I customized title, position, size, value, color, radius, and border. So as you can easy, there are a lot of options to play around with.

The PieChart object has some neat configuration options

  • centerSpaceRadius to change the size of the circle in the middle
  • sectionsSpace to create gaps between sections
  • startDegreeOffset to indicate where the first segment is located

Chart legends are not supported. You have to build them yourself. I just went with a Column, the section colors, and the titles. Simple and effective!

If you want to handle touches or hovers, you can use PieTouchData. There is a touchCallback function that returns the touched section of the chart. In my case, I decided to make the section a bit larger and draw a border around it when touched. Animations are already built-in, so you don’t have to deal with them!

A pie chart with animated segments
A pie chart with animated segments

Of course, there is much more to explore, but you should get the point of how to create pie charts with this package. Check out the documentation and code examples for further details.

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LineChart

Once again, let’s get some inspiration and look at an example:

A line chart with axis descriptions
A line chart with axis descriptions

And the corresponding code to this image:

A line chart is a collection of connected two-dimensional coordinates with optional axis captions or grid lines.

The lineBarsData array contains all lines within the chart. You can draw as many as you want. The LineChartBarData class allows you to customize for example the line (isCurved, curveSmoothness, width), what happens under the line (belowBarData), or what data points the line uses (spots).

Axis scales and captions are created on all sides by default. Of course, you can customize each axes individually by overwriting the getTitlesWidget function and setting the interval of the SideTitles object of an axes. Here is a good example of how this works.

To change the grid appearance, use the FlGridData class. And if you want some interaction, read about touch handling here.

Conclusion

In this article, you learned how to create beautiful charts and graphs in your Flutter application. The package fl_charts make it as easy as possible while also being flexible and customizable.

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