Category Chart

The IgxCategoryChart is a charting component that makes visualizing category data easy to do. The control simplifies the complexities of the data visualization domain into manageable API.


A user can bind a collection of data, a group of collections, and a data property and let the charting control do the rest. The component will analyze the data and then automatically choose the best series type to represent the data.

By using a smart Data Adapter, the data is analyzed and the appropriate visualization is rendered. For example, if the chartType property is set to Auto, the control will use a column chart for a small data sets or a line chart for larger data sets.

However, you can also explicitly specify the chart type by setting the chartType to:

  • Line
  • Area
  • Column
  • Point
  • Spline
  • SplineArea
  • StepArea
  • StepLine
  • Waterfall

Another example of the intuitive behavior of the Category Chart control is that you do not need to explicitly set the labels. The Category Chart will use the first appropriate string property that it finds within the data you provided and will use that for the labels.


When installing the chart package, the core package must also be installed.

npm install igniteui-angular-charts igniteui-angular-core

The category chart is exported as an NgModule, you need to import the IgxCategoryChartModule inside your AppModule:

// app.module.ts
import { IgxCategoryChartModule } from 'igniteui-angular-charts/ES5/igx-category-chart-module';

    imports: [
export class AppModule {}

It's also possible to load a more minimal configuration of category chart whereby it can only load a subset of the possible series, and exclude other optional features by instead loading the IgxCategoryChartCoreModule, and the dynamic module for the series in question, e.g. IgxLineSeriesDynamicModule. If the chartType is Auto, it wil make sure to select a series type that has been loaded.


Now that the category chart module is imported, next step is to bind it to data.

In order to create an IgxCategoryChartComponent control, you must first have data to bind it to. The following code snippet demonstrates how to create a simple data source.

var data = [
 { "CountryName": "China", "Pop1995": 1216, "Pop2005": 1297, "Pop2015": 1361, "Pop2025": 1394 },
 { "CountryName": "India", "Pop1995": 920, "Pop2005": 1090, "Pop2015": 1251, "Pop2025": 1396 },
 { "CountryName": "United States", "Pop1995": 266, "Pop2005": 295, "Pop2015": 322, "Pop2025": 351 },
 { "CountryName": "Indonesia", "Pop1995": 197, "Pop2005": 229, "Pop2015": 256, "Pop2025": 277 },
 { "CountryName": "Brazil", "Pop1995": 161, "Pop2005": 186, "Pop2015": 204, "Pop2025": 218 }

The following code demonstrates how to bind the category chart to the above data.

 <igx-category-chart [dataSource]="data"

Chart Types

You can override the default behavior of the category chart and set which type of chart should be displayed. This is done by setting the chartType property. Below are listed all of the types that the Category Chart supports.


Special case is the Auto setting of that property. If Auto is used the chart will analyze assigned data and will assign the most suitable chart type.

Supported chart types

Property Description Example
Line Specifies category line series with markers at each data point
Area Specifies category area series
Column Specifies category column chart with vertical rectangles at each data point
Point Specifies category point chart with markers at each data point
StepLine Specifies category step line chart
StepArea Specifies category step area chart
Spline Specifies category spline line series with markers at each data point
SplineArea Specifies category spline area series
Waterfall Specifies category waterfall chart
Auto Specifies automatic selection of chart type based on suggestions from Data Adapter
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