The tooltip appears when hovering over a point in a series. By default the tooltip shows the values of the point and the name of the series. For the full set of options available for the tooltip, see the API reference.



 The following code example shows the most common appearance options for tooltip:

tooltip: {
    backgroundColor: '#FCFFC5',
    borderColor: 'black',
    borderRadius: 10,
    borderWidth: 3

The background color can also be set to a gradient, see an example. Text properties can be set using the style option.

Tooltip formatting#

The tooltip's content is rendered from a subset of HTML that can be altered in a number of ways, all in all giving the implementer full control over the content. In addition to options on the tooltip configuration object, you can set the options for how each series should be represented in the tooltip by series.tooltip

  • The header part of the tooltip can be altered using the tooltip.headerFormat. In a shared tooltip, the first series' headerFormat is used.
  • The listing of each series is given in the tooltip.pointFormat option, or an individual pointFormat for each series. 
  • The footer part can be set in the tooltip.footerFormat option.
  • All the options above can be overridden by the tooltip.formatter callback for programmatic control.

By default the tooltip only allows a subset of HTML because the HTML is parsed and rendered using SVG. By setting the useHTML option to true, the renderer switches to full HTML, which allows for instance table layouts or images inside the tooltip.

tooltip: {
formatter: function() {
return 'The value for <b>' + this.x + '</b> is <b>' + this.y + '</b>, in series '+;

For more info about formatting see Labels and string formatting


Crosshairs display a line connecting the points with their corresponding axis. Crosshairs are disabled by default in Highcharts, but enabled by default in Highcharts Stock. See the full set of options for crosshairs.


Crosshairs can be enabled for the x-axis, y-axis or both:

// Enable for x-axis
xAxis: {
crosshair: true
// Enable for y-axis
yAxis: {
crosshair: true