Beautiful Analytics Chart

Ever wanted a really great line chart that is simple and unobtrusive?
There are many options out there, this is just another option.

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Check out the project on github.


This is derived from a raphael example, rewritten to use prototype and support a few more configurations. My overall goal with this line chart was to create a simple and easy to use library that can create great looking line charts. After seeing raphael's example, I knew this was the perfect place to start.


Installation and Usage

Step 1.
You must first include prototype, raphael and the analytics library.

<script type='text/javascript' src='js/lib/prototype.js'></script>
<script type='text/javascript' src='js/lib/raphael.js'></script>
<script type='text/javascript' src='js/analytics.js'></script>

Step 2.
Create your holding div and table data templates as below or see example download.

<div id='line-chart-holder'></div>
<table id="d1" style='display: none;'>
<tbody class='data'>
<tbody class='line1'>
		<td>70 Views</td>
		<td>70 Views</td>
		<td>210 Views</td>
		<td>490 Views</td>
<tbody class='line2'>
		<td>Mar 2nd 2011</td>
		<td>Mar 3rd 2011</td>
		<td>Mar 9th 2011</td>
		<td>Mar 16th 2011</td>

Step 3.
Call the drawLine() function to create your line chart.

<script type='text/javascript'>
	Element.observe(window,'load', function(){
		var w = 840; // you can make this dynamic so it fits as you would like
		var linechart = Raphael('line-chart', w, 250); // init the raphael obj and give it a width plus height
		drawLine({ // call the drawLine function
			holder: linechart, // pass through the raphael obj
			data_holder: 'd2', // find the table data source by id
			mastercolor: '#01A8F0', // set the line color
			spewidth: w, // pass in the same width
			showarea: true, // show the area
			mousecoords: 'rect' // rect (uses blanket mode) | circle (pinpoints the points)


The drawLine() function will accept a list of arguments in a json style format.

var opts = {
	holder: '', // id of div holder
	data_holder: '', // id of table data holder
	mastercolor: '', // line color ex: #ff0000
	spewidth: '', // width in pixels
	showarea: '', // bool to show the area of the line
	linecolor1: '', // color of the line1 in popup
	linecolor2: '', // color of the line2 in popup
	mousecoords: '', // selection of mouseover | rect (default), circle 
	nogrid: '' // bool hide grid override.. grid be drawn once for every line chart holder

drawLine(opts); // draw the line chart


Download Analytics JS File (8kb) Min

Download Full Example (225kb) Zipped


You can add a little css to give the charts depth and page like feel.

.box {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
clear: both;
overflow: hidden; 

.rotate_r { -webkit-transform: rotate(-2deg); -moz-transform: rotate(-2deg); }
.rotate_l { -webkit-transform: rotate(2deg); -moz-transform: rotate(2deg); }

.box .inner {
list-style-type: none;
margin: 0 30px 30px 0;
padding: 14px 0 0 15px;
width: 850px;
height: 250px;
border: 0;
position: relative;
float: left;
background: #fafafa;
box-shadow: 0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.27), 0 0 40px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.06) inset;
-webkit-box-shadow: 0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.27), 0 0 60px rgba(100, 100, 0, 0.1) inset;
-moz-box-shadow: 0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.27), 0 0 40px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.06) inset; }


Then make sure it has some html wrapping the holding container.


<div class='box rotate_l'>
	<div class='inner'>
		<div id='line-chart'></div>



I just wanted to say thanks to Dmitry Baranovskiy at Raphael JS, for supplying such an awesome example. Also Nic Knight for helping me test and abstract the changes overall.