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Integrating and Using Charts in Flutter

 Integrating and Using Charts in Flutter

Data visualization is a crucial aspect of mobile app development. Flutter, a popular open-source framework for building natively compiled applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase, offers various libraries and tools to integrate and use charts effectively.

In this article, we will explore how to integrate and use charts in Flutter applications.

Let's dive in!

1. Setting Up a Flutter Project

Before we begin, make sure you have Flutter installed on your system. If not, you can follow the official Flutter installation guide:

Once Flutter is set up, create a new Flutter project using the following command:

flutter create flutter_chart_example

Navigate to the project directory:

cd flutter_chart_example

Now, you're ready to integrate charts into your Flutter app.

2. Choosing a Charting Library

Flutter offers various charting libraries to choose from, including fl_chart, charts_flutter, and syncfusion_flutter_charts.

In this article, we'll use fl_chart, a versatile and customizable charting library.

3. Installing the Charting Library

Open the pubspec.yaml file in your Flutter project and add the fl_chart dependency:

    sdk: flutter
    fl_chart: ^0.63.0

Run flutter pub get to install the dependency:

flutter pub get

4. Creating a Basic Chart

Let's create a basic line chart to display some sample data. Open the main.dart file and replace its content with the following code:

import 'package:flutter/material.dart';
import 'package:fl_chart/fl_chart.dart';

void main() {

class MyApp extends StatelessWidget {
  Widget build(BuildContext context) {
    return MaterialApp(
      home: Scaffold(
        appBar: AppBar(
          title: Text('Flutter Chart Example'),
        body: Center(
          child: LineChart(
              gridData: FlGridData(show: false),
              titlesData: FlTitlesData(show: false),
              borderData: FlBorderData(
                show: true,
                border: Border.all(
                  color: const Color(0xff37434d),
                  width: 1,
              minX: 0,
              maxX: 7,
              minY: 0,
              maxY: 6,
              lineBarsData: [
                  spots: [
                    FlSpot(0, 3),
                    FlSpot(1, 1),
                    FlSpot(2, 4),
                    FlSpot(3, 2),
                    FlSpot(4, 5),
                    FlSpot(5, 3),
                    FlSpot(6, 4),
                  isCurved: true,
                  colors: [],
                  dotData: FlDotData(show: false),
                  belowBarData: BarAreaData(show: false),

This code creates a basic line chart with sample data. It sets up the chart appearance and defines the data points.

5. Customizing the Chart

You can customize the chart further by tweaking its appearance, labels, and more. Explore the fl_chart documentation ( to learn about various customization options.

6. Adding Interactivity

To make your chart interactive, you can implement gestures like tap or swipe. The fl_chart library provides gesture support for charts. Refer to the documentation for details on adding interactivity.

7. Real-World Example: Stock Price Chart

As a more advanced example, let's create a stock price chart with historical data fetched from an API. We'll use the http package to make API requests.

// Import necessary packages at the top of main.dart
import 'package:http/http.dart' as http;
import 'dart:convert';

// Create a function to fetch stock price data
Future<List<FlSpot>> fetchStockPriceData() async {
  final response = await http.get(Uri.parse('YOUR_API_ENDPOINT_HERE'));

  if (response.statusCode == 200) {
    final List<dynamic> data = json.decode(response.body);
    final List<FlSpot> spots = [];

    for (var i = 0; i < data.length; i++) {
      spots.add(FlSpot(i.toDouble(), data[i]['price'].toDouble()));

    return spots;
  } else {
    throw Exception('Failed to load stock price data');

// Inside the LineChart widget, replace the spots with fetched data
lineBarsData: [
    spots: await fetchStockPriceData(), // Fetch and populate data
    isCurved: true,
    colors: [],
    dotData: FlDotData(show: false),
    belowBarData: BarAreaData(show: false),

Replace 'YOUR_API_ENDPOINT_HERE' with the actual API endpoint that provides historical stock price data in JSON format.


In this article, we explored how to integrate and use charts in Flutter applications. We started by setting up a Flutter project, choosing a charting library, and installing the fl_chart package. We created a basic line chart, customized it, and discussed adding interactivity. Finally, we implemented a real-world example of a stock price chart with data fetched from an API.

Charts are essential for visualizing data and providing insights in your Flutter applications. With the fl_chart library and the knowledge gained from this tutorial, you can create visually appealing and interactive charts to enhance your app's user experience.

Happy charting!


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