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September 4, 2014

Chartist-js | javascript library for Simple responsive charts

Chartist.js is a simple javascript library for responsive charts built with SVG and is highly configurable.

Created by Gion Kunz



Chartist-js javascript plugin

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Big welcome by the Chartist Guy

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The Chartist Guy

Checkout the documentation site at

Checkout this lightning talk that gives you an overview of Chartist in 5 minutes

Guest talk of the Chartist.js Guy at the Treehouse Show

Chartist.js is a simple responsive charting library built with SVG. There are hundreds of nice charting libraries already out there, but they are either:

That's why we started Chartist.js and our goal is to solve all of the above issues.

What is it made for?

Chartist's goal is to provide a simple, lightweight and unintrusive library to responsively craft charts on your website. It's important to understand that one of the main intentions of Chartist.js is to rely on standards rather than providing it's own solution to a problem which is already solved by those standards. We need to leverage the power of browsers today and say good bye to the idea of solving all problems ourselves.

Chartist works with inline-SVG and therefore leverages the power of the DOM to provide parts of its functionality. This also means that Chartist does not provide it's own event handling, labels, behaviors or anything else that can just be done with plain HTML, JavaScript and CSS. The single and only responsibility of Chartist is to help you drawing "Simple responsive Charts" using inline-SVG in the DOM, CSS to style and JavaScript to provide an API for configuring your charts.

Example site

You can visit this Site which is in fact a build of the current project. We are still developing and constantly add features but you can already use Chartist.js in your projects as we have reached a stable and reliable state already.

Version notes

We are currently still heavily developing in order to make Chartist.js better. Your help is needed! Please contribute to the project if you like the idea and the concept and help us to bring nice looking responsive open-source charts to the masses.

Important missing stuff

  1. Jasmine Tests!
  2. Documentation: JSDoc, Getting started documentation and landing page
  3. Better accessibility using ARIA and other optimizations
  4. Better interfaces to the library (i.e. jQuery with data-* attributes for configuration), Angular.js directive etc.
  5. Richer Sass / CSS framework
  6. Other charts types (spider etc.)


Some features aren't right for the core product but there is a great set of plugins available which add features like:

and more.

See all the plugins here.


We are looking for people who share the idea of having a simple, flexible charting library that is responsive and uses modern and future-proof technologies. The goal of this project is to create a responsive charting library where developers have their joy in using it and designers love it because of the designing flexibility they have.

Contribute if you like the Chartist Guy!


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