A bubble chart is used to display three dimensions of data at the same time. The location of the bubble is determined by the first two dimensions and the corresponding horizontal and vertical axes. The third dimension is represented by the size of the individual bubbles.

Example Usage

// For a bubble chart
var myBubbleChart = new Chart(ctx,{
    type: 'bubble',
    data: data,
    options: options

Dataset Structure

Property Type Usage
data Array<BubbleDataObject> The data to plot as bubbles. See Data format
label String The label for the dataset which appears in the legend and tooltips
backgroundColor Color Array<Color> The fill color of the bubbles. See Colors
borderColor Color or Array<Color> The stroke color of the bubbles.
borderWidth Number or Array<Number> The stroke width of bubble in pixels.
hoverBackgroundColor Color or Array<Color> The fill color of the bubbles when hovered.
hoverBorderColor Color or Array<Color> The stroke color of the bubbles when hovered.
hoverBorderWidth Number or Array<Number> The stroke width of the bubbles when hovered.
hoverRadius Number or Array<Number> Additional radius to add to data radius on hover.

An example data object using these attributes is shown below. This example creates a single dataset with 2 different bubbles.

var data = {
    datasets: [
            label: 'First Dataset',
            data: [
                    x: 20,
                    y: 30,
                    r: 15
                    x: 40,
                    y: 10,
                    r: 10
            hoverBackgroundColor: "#FF6384",

Data Object

Data for the bubble chart is passed in the form of an object. The object must implement the following interface. It is important to note that the radius property, r is not scaled by the chart. It is the raw radius in pixels of the bubble that is drawn on the canvas.

    // X Value
    x: <Number>,

    // Y Value
    y: <Number>,

    // Radius of bubble. This is not scaled.
    r: <Number>

Chart Options

The bubble chart has no unique configuration options. To configure options common to all of the bubbles, the point element options are used.

For example, to give all bubbles a 1px wide black border, the following options would be used.

new Chart(ctx,{
    options: {
        elements: {
            points: {
                borderWidth: 1,
                borderColor: 'rgb(0, 0, 0)'

We can also change the default values for the Bubble chart type. Doing so will give all bubble charts created after this point the new defaults. The default configuration for the bubble chart can be accessed at Chart.defaults.bubble.