API/Ajax Charts

If you ever need to load a chart over an Ajax request (and that's a good practice by the way) you can make use of the load() and the api() methods that charts come with. This will come in handy as it will handle most crap for you.

Please note this will only work with modern browsers with the fetch() API.

Loading charts over an API is a better smooth way to show the charts if the calculation of the chart values takes a long time to compute. The website will render and will show the chart in a loader state. Once the ajax request is successfull, it will load the chart with the recieved data.

Building the chart

Use the load() method to add the API endpoint where the data will be fetched and decoded from a JSON format.

$chart = new SampleChart;

$api = url('/test_data');

$chart->labels(['test1', 'test2', 'test3'])

Building the API endpoint

Use the api() method on the chart instance to automatically generate an array with the response needed.


Laravel transforms the array responses into a JSON response.

$chart = new SampleChart;

$chart->dataset('Sample Test', 'bar', [3,4,1]);
$chart->dataset('Sample Test', 'line', [1,4,3]);

return $chart->api();

Update the chart after rendering

This feature has been implemented by the community member @sardoj

It is possible to easily update the chart after rendering it, by using client side JS.

The API endpoint URL is accessible in the JS variable

{{ $chart->id }}_api_url

To refresh the chart, a client side JS function is also available. To call you just need to pass it the refresh URL where the data will come from.

{{ $chart->id }}_refresh(url)


With this method you can easily refresh data in all charts after selecting a data, or applying a filter. Very usefull when your chart needs to display diferent information regarding to a user input.

As an example, for a user to see a chart data between two dates, (consider the server side done already, if you have no idea how, this is a laravel route + controller method, so you can do anything) you would just do something like that:

var original_api_url = {{ $chart->id }}_api_url;
{{ $chart->id }}_refresh(original_api_url + "?date_start=2019-01-01&date_end=2019-12-31");

For more information about the JS chart variable, see https://charts.erik.cat/render_charts.html#sample-html.

Last Updated: 4/21/2019, 1:59:40 PM