# Doughnut and Pie Charts

Pie and doughnut charts are probably the most commonly used charts. They are divided into segments, the arc of each segment shows the proportional value of each piece of data.

They are excellent at showing the relational proportions between data.

Pie and doughnut charts are effectively the same class in Chart.js, but have one different default value - their cutout. This equates to what portion of the inner should be cut out. This defaults to 0 for pie charts, and '50%' for doughnuts.

They are also registered under two aliases in the Chart core. Other than their different default value, and different alias, they are exactly the same.

    # Dataset Properties


    • data.datasets[index] - options for this dataset only
    • options.datasets.doughnut - options for all doughnut datasets
    • options.datasets.pie - options for all pie datasets
    • options.elements.arc - options for all arc elements
    • options - options for the whole chart

    The doughnut/pie chart allows a number of properties to be specified for each dataset. These are used to set display properties for a specific dataset. For example, the colours of the dataset's arcs are generally set this way.

    Name Type Scriptable Indexable Default
    backgroundColor Color Yes Yes 'rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.1)'
    borderAlign 'center'|'inner' Yes Yes 'center'
    borderColor Color Yes Yes '#fff'
    borderDash number[] Yes - []
    borderDashOffset number Yes - 0.0
    borderJoinStyle 'round'|'bevel'|'miter' Yes Yes undefined
    borderRadius number|object Yes Yes 0
    borderWidth number Yes Yes 2
    circumference number - - undefined
    clip number|object|false - - undefined
    data number[] - - required
    hoverBackgroundColor Color Yes Yes undefined
    hoverBorderColor Color Yes Yes undefined
    hoverBorderDash number[] Yes - undefined
    hoverBorderDashOffset number Yes - undefined
    hoverBorderJoinStyle 'round'|'bevel'|'miter' Yes Yes undefined
    hoverBorderWidth number Yes Yes undefined
    hoverOffset number Yes Yes 0
    offset number|number[] Yes Yes 0
    rotation number - - undefined
    spacing number - - 0
    weight number - - 1

    All these values, if undefined, fallback to the scopes described in option resolution

    # General

    Name Description
    circumference Per-dataset override for the sweep that the arcs cover
    clip How to clip relative to chartArea. Positive value allows overflow, negative value clips that many pixels inside chartArea. 0 = clip at chartArea. Clipping can also be configured per side: clip: {left: 5, top: false, right: -2, bottom: 0}
    rotation Per-dataset override for the starting angle to draw arcs from

    # Styling

    The style of each arc can be controlled with the following properties:

    Name Description
    backgroundColor arc background color.
    borderColor arc border color.
    borderDash arc border length and spacing of dashes. See MDN (opens new window).
    borderDashOffset arc border offset for line dashes. See MDN (opens new window).
    borderJoinStyle arc border join style. See MDN (opens new window).
    borderWidth arc border width (in pixels).
    offset arc offset (in pixels).
    spacing Fixed arc offset (in pixels). Similar to offset but applies to all arcs.
    weight The relative thickness of the dataset. Providing a value for weight will cause the pie or doughnut dataset to be drawn with a thickness relative to the sum of all the dataset weight values.

    All these values, if undefined, fallback to the associated elements.arc.* options.

    # Border Alignment

    The following values are supported for borderAlign.

    • 'center' (default)
    • 'inner'

    When 'center' is set, the borders of arcs next to each other will overlap. When 'inner' is set, it is guaranteed that all borders will not overlap.

    # Border Radius

    If this value is a number, it is applied to all corners of the arc (outerStart, outerEnd, innerStart, innerRight). If this value is an object, the outerStart property defines the outer-start corner's border radius. Similarly, the outerEnd, innerStart, and innerEnd properties can also be specified.

    # Interactions

    The interaction with each arc can be controlled with the following properties:

    Name Description
    hoverBackgroundColor arc background color when hovered.
    hoverBorderColor arc border color when hovered.
    hoverBorderDash arc border length and spacing of dashes when hovered. See MDN (opens new window).
    hoverBorderDashOffset arc border offset for line dashes when hovered. See MDN (opens new window).
    hoverBorderJoinStyle arc border join style when hovered. See MDN (opens new window).
    hoverBorderWidth arc border width when hovered (in pixels).
    hoverOffset arc offset when hovered (in pixels).

    All these values, if undefined, fallback to the associated elements.arc.* options.

    # Config Options

    These are the customisation options specific to Pie & Doughnut charts. These options are looked up on access, and form together with the global chart configuration the options of the chart.

    Name Type Default Description
    cutout number|string 50% - for doughnut, 0 - for pie The portion of the chart that is cut out of the middle. If string and ending with '%', percentage of the chart radius. number is considered to be pixels.
    radius number|string 100% The outer radius of the chart. If string and ending with '%', percentage of the maximum radius. number is considered to be pixels.
    rotation number 0 Starting angle to draw arcs from.
    circumference number 360 Sweep to allow arcs to cover.
    animation.animateRotate boolean true If true, the chart will animate in with a rotation animation. This property is in the options.animation object.
    animation.animateScale boolean false If true, will animate scaling the chart from the center outwards.

    # Default Options

    We can also change these default values for each Doughnut type that is created, this object is available at Chart.overrides.doughnut. Pie charts also have a clone of these defaults available to change at Chart.overrides.pie, with the only difference being cutout being set to 0.

    # Data Structure

    For a pie chart, datasets need to contain an array of data points. The data points should be a number, Chart.js will total all the numbers and calculate the relative proportion of each.

    You also need to specify an array of labels so that tooltips appear correctly.

    data = {
        datasets: [{
            data: [10, 20, 30]
        // These labels appear in the legend and in the tooltips when hovering different arcs
        labels: [
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