Change data in a highchart using buttons

Change data in a highchart using buttons

Combining with jQuery, we can change, add or remove data series using buttons.

Mainly using jQuery .click function to change .attr (“disabled” and “id”), and Highcharts .addSeries, .setData and .remove() functions.

Starting from a CodePen project.

First we want to change the default data series (or any other) (default using “2014”) by switching buttons. For instance we change the data to “2013” by click the “2013” button and change back to “2014” by its button:

<button id="2013">2013</button>
<button id="2014" disabled="true">2014</button>

Because we loaded data “2014” by default, we disable this button at start.

Then use jQuery to set click function on these two buttons, including disable itself after click and active the other one:

    // The button action
    $('#2013').click(function() {
        chart2.series[0].setData([129.2, 144.0, 176.0, 135.6, 148.5, 216.4, 194.1, 95.6, 54.4, 29.9, 71.5, 106.4] );
        $(this).attr('disabled', true);
        $('#2014').attr('disabled', false);
    });

    $('#2014').click(function() {
        chart2.series[0].setData([29.9, 71.5, 106.4, 129.2, 144.0, 176.0, 135.6, 148.5, 216.4, 194.1, 95.6, 54.4] );
        $(this).attr('disabled', true);
        $('#2013').attr('disabled', false);
    });

We can also transform these two buttons into a dropdown list:

<select id="selectData">
    <option value="2013Data">2013</option>
    <option value="2014Data" selected="selected">2014</option>
</select>

Will use jQuery .on(‘change’) function (a demo):

    // The select action
    $("#selectData").on('change', function(){
        var selVal = $("#selectData").val();
        if(selVal == "2014Data" || selVal == '') {
            chart2.series[0].setData([29.9, 71.5, 106.4, 129.2, 144.0, 176.0, 135.6, 148.5, 216.4, 194.1, 95.6, 54.4] );
        }
        else if (selVal == "2013Data") {
            chart2.series[0].setData([129.2, 144.0, 176.0, 135.6, 148.5, 216.4, 194.1, 95.6, 54.4, 29.9, 71.5, 106.4] );
        }
    });

This uses highcharts chart.series.setData() function. What if we want to add another data series?

<button id="add">Add data 1</button>
<button id="remove" disabled="disabled">Remove data 1</button>

We can use .addSeries() function:

    $('#add').click(function () {
        chart2.addSeries({
            name: 'ABC',
            id: 'abc',
            data: [49.9, 51.5, 96.4, 29.2, 44.0, 126.0, 175.6, 140.5, 116.4, 94.1, 195.6, 154.4]
        });
        $(this).attr('disabled', true);
        $('#remove').attr('disabled', false);
    });

    $('#remove').click(function () {
        //chart2.series[1].remove();
        chart2.get('abc').remove();
        $(this).attr('disabled', true);
        $('#add').attr('disabled', false);
    });

Lastly we want to combine the above add/remove buttons into one by switching it’s owen ids and text:

<button class="buttonToggle" id="buttonAdd">Add/Remove data 2</button>

Using $(this).attr(“id”, “newId”) and $(this).text(“Button text”).

    $('.buttonToggle').click(function () {
         if($(this).attr("id") === "buttonAdd"){
            chart2.addSeries({
                name: 'XYZ',
                id: 'xyz',
                data: [9.9, 151.5, 196.4, 209.2, 4.0, 26.0, 275.6, 40.5, 166.4, 34.1, 95.6, 254.4]
            });
            $(this).attr("id", "buttonRm");
            $(this).text('Remove data 2');
         } else {
           $(this).attr("id", "buttonAdd");
           $(this).text('Add data 2');
           chart2.get('xyz').remove();
         }
    });

Here is the demo:

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