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Stimulus Chartjs

A Stimulus controller to deal with chart.js.


$ yarn add stimulus-chartjs

And use it in your JS file:

// Probably in app/javascript/controllers/index.js

import { Application } from 'stimulus'
import Chart from 'stimulus-chartjs'

const application = Application.start()
application.register('chart', Chart)

πŸ‘€ Demo

See demo β†’


Basic usage

  data-chart-data-value='{ "labels": ["January", "February", "March", "April", "May", "June", "July"], "datasets": [{ "label": "My First dataset", "backgroundColor": "transparent", "borderColor": "#3B82F6", "data": [37, 83, 78, 54, 12, 5, 99] }] }'

If you extend this controller, it could be handy to with it with a target:

  data-chart-data-value='{ "labels": ["January", "February", "March", "April", "May", "June", "July"], "datasets": [{ "label": "My First dataset", "backgroundColor": "transparent", "borderColor": "#3B82F6", "data": [37, 83, 78, 54, 12, 5, 99] }] }'
  <canvas data-chart-target="canvas"></canvas>

  <!-- You need to define this action -->
  <button data-action="chart#update">Update me!</button>

It's much simpler with a framework.

With backend framework (optional)

In your controller:

class ChartsController < ApplicationController
  def index
    @chart_data = {
      labels: %w[January February March April May June July],
      datasets: [{
        label: 'My First dataset',
        backgroundColor: 'transparent',
        borderColor: '#3B82F6',
        data: [37, 83, 78, 54, 12, 5, 99]

    @chart_options = {
      scales: {
        yAxes: [{
          ticks: {
            beginAtZero: true

In your view:

  data-chart-data-value="<%= @chart_data.to_json %>"
  data-chart-options-value="<%= @chart_options.to_json %>"

πŸ›  Configuration

data-chart-data-value{}The data for Chart.js❌
data-chart-type-valuelineType of the chartβœ…
data-chart-options-value{}The options for Chart.jsβœ…

πŸŽ› Extending Controller

You can use inheritance to extend the functionality of any Stimulus component:

import Chart from 'stimulus-chartjs'

export default class extends Chart {
  connect() {
    console.log('Do what you want here.')

    // The chart.js instance

    // Options from the data attribute.

    // Default options for every charts.

  // Bind an action on this method
  async update() {
    const response = await fetch('')
    const data = await response.json() = data

  // You can set default options in this getter for all your charts.
  get defaultOptions() {
    return {
      maintainAspectRatio: false,
      legend: {
        display: false,

This controller will automatically have access to targets defined in the parent class.

If you override the connect, disconnect or any other methods from the parent, you'll want to call super.method() to make sure the parent functionality is executed.

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πŸ‘· Contributing

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πŸ“ License

This project is released under the MIT license.