Flex: Stacked column chart – programmatically in actionscript

I was looking for ages for an example of a dynamically generated stacked column chart in Flex, but most of the examples were incorporating some MXML, or contained hard-coded series objects.  

The example below is based on Adobe Livedocs, but I show how to generate the series arrays programatically in as3, with no use of mxml code, and apply these series to a column chart (added to panelActionscript as seen in the code below). Also, this could be easily adapted to a barchart.

If youve got any suggestions, let me know.

Flex Stacked Chart


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<mx:WindowedApplication xmlns:mx="http://www.adobe.com/2006/mxml"
creationComplete="initApp()" width="622" height="660">

  	 import mx.charts.CategoryAxis;
  	 import mx.charts.series.ColumnSeries;
  	 import mx.charts.ColumnChart;
  	 import mx.charts.series.ColumnSet;
     import mx.charts.Legend;
     import mx.charts.BarChart;
     import mx.charts.series.BarSet;
     import mx.charts.series.BarSeries;
     import mx.collections.ArrayCollection;

     private var yearlyData:ArrayCollection = new ArrayCollection([
        {month:"January", revenue:120, costs:45,
            overhead:102, oneTime:23},
        {month:"February", revenue:108, costs:42,
            overhead:87, oneTime:47},
        {month:"March", revenue:150, costs:82,
            overhead:32, oneTime:21},
        {month:"April", revenue:170, costs:44,
        {month:"May", revenue:250, costs:57,
            overhead:77, oneTime:17},
        {month:"June", revenue:200, costs:33,
            overhead:51, oneTime:30},
        {month:"July", revenue:145, costs:80,
            overhead:62, oneTime:18},
        {month:"August", revenue:166, costs:87,
        {month:"September", revenue:103, costs:56,
        {month:"October", revenue:140, costs:91,
            overhead:45, oneTime:60},
        {month:"November", revenue:100, costs:42,
            overhead:33, oneTime:67},
        {month:"December", revenue:182, costs:56,
            overhead:25, oneTime:48},
        {month:"May", revenue:120, costs:57,

     private function initApp():void {

     	// Create a column chart object
        var stackedColumnChart:ColumnChart = new ColumnChart();
        stackedColumnChart.dataProvider = yearlyData;
        stackedColumnChart.showDataTips = true;
 stackedColumnChart.width	= 460;

 // Set the horizontal axix category
        var xAxis:CategoryAxis = new CategoryAxis();
        xAxis.categoryField = "month";
        stackedColumnChart.horizontalAxis = xAxis;

 // ColumnSet.series is an array which contains
 // an array of ColumnSeries objects.
        var columnSet:ColumnSet = new ColumnSet();
        columnSet.type = "stacked";

        // Each item in seriesDetails becomes a different segment of
        // a column in the stacked chart i.e. each item represents a series.
        var seriesDetails:ArrayCollection = new ArrayCollection([
        	{YField:"costs", DisplayName:"Recurring Costs"},
        	{YField:"overhead", DisplayName:"Overhead Costs"},
        	{YField:"oneTime", DisplayName:"One-Time Costs"}

        // Create a ColumnSeries, and an array to be
        // populated with dynamically generated columnSeries objects
        var columnSeries:ColumnSeries;
    	var seriesArray:Array = new Array();

    	// Generate an array of ColumnSeries objects
        // which are then be applied to the ColumnSet series.
        for(var i:int = 0; i < seriesDetails.length; i++){
        	columnSeries = new ColumnSeries();
        	columnSeries.yField = seriesDetails[i].YField;
        	columnSeries.displayName = seriesDetails[i].DisplayName;
        columnSet.series = seriesArray;

 // c.series could take an array of column sets
 // for displaying mixed charts i.e. c.series = [columnSet1, columnSet2];
 stackedColumnChart.series = [columnSet];

        var legend:Legend = new Legend();
        legend.direction = "horizontal";
        legend.dataProvider = stackedColumnChart;



  <mx:VBox height="100%">
    <mx:Panel title="Stacked chart (dynamically created in ActionScript)"
    				id="panelActionscript" width="490">
  <mx:Panel title="Same chart created solely in MXML" id="panelMxml" width="490">
    <mx:ColumnChart id="mxmlColumnChart" dataProvider="{yearlyData}"
    				showDataTips="true" width="470">
           <mx:CategoryAxis categoryField="month"/>
           <mx:ColumnSet type="stacked">
                   displayName="Recurring Costs"/>
                   displayName="Overhead Costs"/>
                   displayName="One-Time Costs"/>
    <mx:Legend dataProvider="{mxmlColumnChart}" direction="horizontal"/>


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14 Responses to “Flex: Stacked column chart – programmatically in actionscript”

  1. DD Says:

    This is extremely well done and documented. Thank you so much for spending the time!!

  2. Rahim Naik Says:

    If you can do it with mxml you can do it with AS also. 🙂

  3. Brian Bishop Says:

    Just change WindowedApplication to Application to run in Browser (is set to run as Air App)

  4. Jude Says:

    Thanks alot for your nice modification from livedocs. Which you made to draw series auto.

    Thanks for your support

  5. Satya Says:

    Thanks for sharing this, it is awesome.
    Can you please tell me how can i change the color of one of the series. i.e by default i want the color of the first series to be black.

    appreciate your help.


  6. Brian Bishop Says:

    Hi Sathya

    I have answered your question on my new blog (I moved to my own hosting site – it has some better Flex examples too)


  7. lekshmi Says:

    Hi Bishop,
    Could u plz give another version for this like we generate it via dynamic xml.how to retrieve this via xml to create stacked bar chart.

    thanks in advance

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