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charts – Android charting libraries

Posted by: admin March 11, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I am trying to find a fast and reliable charting library. After some searching, I found 4 libraries: AChartEngine [warning! official website is down and redirects to virus filled website!], WilliamChart, HelloCharts and AndroidPlot. I need some up to date feedback about the performance and the stability of these libraries because all the information I could find was outdated.

How to&Answers:

You can use MPAndroidChart.

It’s native, free, easy to use, fast and reliable.

Core features, benefits:

  • LineChart, BarChart (vertical, horizontal, stacked, grouped), PieChart, ScatterChart, CandleStickChart (for financial data), RadarChart (spider web chart), BubbleChart
  • Combined Charts (e.g. lines and bars in one)
  • Scaling on both axes (with touch-gesture, axes separately or pinch-zoom)
  • Dragging / Panning (with touch-gesture)
  • Separate (dual) y-axes
  • Highlighting values (with customizeable popup-views)
  • Save chart to SD-Card (as image)
  • Predefined color templates
  • Legends (generated automatically, customizeable)
  • Customizeable Axes (both x- and y-axis)
  • Animations (build up animations, on both x- and y-axis)
  • Limit lines (providing additional information, maximums, …)
  • Listeners for touch, gesture & selection callbacks
  • Fully customizeable (paints, typefaces, legends, colors, background, dashed lines, …)
  • Realm.io mobile database support via MPAndroidChart-Realm library
  • Smooth rendering for up to 10.000 data points in Line- and BarChart
  • Lightweight (method count ~1.4K)
  • Available as .jar file (only 500kb in size)
  • Available as gradle dependency and via maven
  • Good documentation
  • Example Project (code for demo-application)
  • Google-PlayStore Demo Application
  • Widely used, great support on both GitHub and stackoverflow – mpandroidchart
  • Also available for iOS: Charts (API works the same way)
  • Also available for Xamarin: MPAndroidChart.Xamarin

Drawbacks:

Disclaimer: I am the developer of this library.

Answer:

See Android arsenal (category Graphics) for more libraries.

Answer:

If you’re looking for something more straight forward to implement (and it doesn’t include pie/donut charts) then I recommend WilliamChart. Specially if motion takes an important role in your app design. In other hand if you want featured charts, then go for MPAndroidChart.

Answer:

AchartEngine

You can create a plethora of different chart types relatively quickly with loads of customizable options.

Answer:

  • Achartengine: I have used this. Although for real time graph this might not give good performance if you do not tweak properly.