Dynamic Bar Chart For SharePoint List Using ChartJS

In this blog, we will develop a dynamic bar chart with dynamic bar colors for SharePoint online list using ChartJS.


Chart.js is a free open-source JavaScript library for data visualization, which supports 8 chart types: bar, line, area, pie, bubble, radar, polar, and scatter.

Try samples here.


Lets' get started,

By following the 3 simple steps we can create the bar chart.

Step 1

Refer to the CDN files and build the UI.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<link href="../SiteAssets/style.css" rel="stylesheet">
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.3.1.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/Chart.js/2.9.4/Chart.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
	<div id="main">
		<h2><b>Chart JS Demo</b></h2>
		<canvas id="barChart"></canvas>
	<script src="../SiteAssets/ChartJS.js" onload="fnGetData()"></script>

Step 2

On load get the SharePoint List items, using the fetch() method.

We need X and Y values to plot, so creating xValues & yValues array to store the list items.

barColors array to store the dynamic color for the bars, based on the data injection.

const randomColor = '#' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 16777215).toString(16);

The code to load the dataset,

var barColors = [];
var xValues = [];
var yValues = [];

function fnGetData() {
    let queryURL = _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('EmployeesList')/items?$select=*,Employee/Title&$expand=Employee/Title";
    let payload = {
        method: 'GET',
        headers: {
            "Accept": "application/json; odata=verbose"
        credentials: 'same-origin'
    fetch(queryURL, payload)
        .then(response => response.json())
        .then((data) => {
            let items = data.d.results;
            for (var i = 0; i < items.length; i++) {
                const randomColor = '#' + Math.floor(Math.random() * 16777215).toString(16);
            fnGenerateChart(xValues, yValues);

Step 3

Generate the bar chart, using the config function,

function fnGenerateChart(xValues, yValues) {
    let barChart = new Chart("barChart", {
        type: "bar",
        data: {
            labels: xValues,
            datasets: [{
                data: yValues,
                label: 'Employee Experience in Years',
                backgroundColor: barColors

To add more functionality refer to official docs Bar Chart - ChartJS.

Check out the full code in my GitHub repo here.

Happy learning!

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