Your first chart

With Highcharts included in your webpage you are ready to create your first chart.

We will start off by creating a simple bar chart.

  1. Add a div in your webpage. Give it an id and set a specific width and height which will be the width and height of your chart.

    <div id="container" style="width:100%; height:400px;"></div>
  2. A chart is initialized by adding the JavaScript tag, <script> </script>, anywhere in a webpage, containing the following code. The div from #1 is referenced in the constructor.

    document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', function () {
    const chart = Highcharts.chart('container', {
    chart: {
    type: 'bar'
    title: {
    text: 'Fruit Consumption'
    xAxis: {
    categories: ['Apples', 'Bananas', 'Oranges']
    yAxis: {
    title: {
    text: 'Fruit eaten'
    series: [{
    name: 'Jane',
    data: [1, 0, 4]
    }, {
    name: 'John',
    data: [5, 7, 3]

    If you are inserting a Stock chart, there is a separate constructor method called Highcharts.stockChart. In these charts, typically the data is supplied in a separate JavaScript array, either taken from a separate JavaScript file or by an XHR call to the server.

    let chart; // globally available
    document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', function() {
        chart = Highcharts.stockChart('container', {
    rangeSelector: {
    selected: 1
    series: [{
    name: 'USD to EUR',
    data: usdtoeur // predefined JavaScript array
  3. You should now see this chart on your webpage:


  4. Optionally, you can apply a global theme to your charts. A theme is just a set of options that are applied globally through the Highcharts.setOptions method. The download package comes with four predefined themes. To apply a theme from one of these files, add this directly after the highcharts.js file inclusion:

    <script type="text/javascript" src="/js/themes/gray.js"></script>

For more details on how the options or settings in Highcharts work see How to set options.

Below is a list of online examples of the examples shown in this article: