Pie dataLabels alignment#

Highcharts 7 introduces 3 new options for working with data labels: dataLabels.alignTo, dataLabels.connectorShape and dataLabels.crookDistance.

  • dataLabels.alignTo allows aligning the connectors so that they all end in the same x position, or align data labels so that they touch the edges of the plot area.
  • dataLabels.connectorShape gives the ability to define the shape of the connector. The user can select one of the predefined shapes or create their own algorithm for generating the connector path.
  • dataLabels.crookDistance is a helper parameter for connectorShape option.


No additional file is needed - new functionalities are implemented in highcharts.js file

Specific description of new options#


Alignment method for data labels. Possible values are:

  • connectors: each label touches the nearest vertical edge of the plot area.
  • toPlotEdges: the ends of the connectors have the same x position and the widest label of each half (left & right) touches the nearest vertical edge of the plot area.

Demo with connectors

dataLabels: {
alignTo: 'connectors'

Demo with plotEdges

dataLabels: {
alignTo: 'plotEdges'

Specifies the method that is used to generate the connector path. Highcharts provides 3 built-in connector shapes (for aesthetic purposes alignTo is set to plotEdges for all below examples):

fixedOffset (default):

dataLabels: {
connectorShape: 'fixedOffset'


dataLabels: {
connectorShape: ‘straight’,
crookDistance: '70%'


This option can be used with the crookDistance parameter. It defines how far from the vertical plot edge the connector path should be crooked. Using crookedLine makes the most sense (in most cases) when alignTo is set.

dataLabels: {
connectorShape: 'crookedLine',
crookDistance: '70%'

Users can provide their own method by passing a callback function instead of a String. Three arguments are passed to the callback:

  1. An object that holds the label’s coordinates (x & y properties) and how the label is located in relation to the pie (alignment property). alignment can by one of the following: left (pie on the left side of the data label), right (pie on the right side of the data label) or center (data label overlaps the pie).
  2. An object that holds the connector’s position. Its touchingSliceAt property holds the position of where the connector touches the slice.
  3. Data label options: the function has to return an SVG path definition in array form.
connectorShape: function(labelPosition, connectorPosition, options) {
var connectorPadding = options.connectorPadding,
touchingSliceAt = connectorPosition.touchingSliceAt,
series = this.series,
plotWidth = series.chart.plotWidth,
plotLeft = series.chart.plotLeft,
alignment = labelPosition.alignment,
stepDistance = 150, // in px - distance between the step and vertical border of the plot area
stepX = alignment === 'left' ? plotLeft + plotWidth - stepDistance : plotLeft + stepDistance;
return ['M',
labelPosition.x + (alignment === 'left' ? 1 : -1) *

API documents#

Here are the API documents for more information