Visualization: Area Chart (Image)

Important: The Image Charts portion of Google Chart Tools has been officially deprecated as of April 20, 2012. It will continue to work as per our deprecation policy.


An area chart that is rendered as an image using the Google Charts API.


    <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
    <script type="text/javascript">
      google.charts.load("current", {packages:["imageareachart"]});

      function drawChart() {

        var data = google.visualization.arrayToDataTable([
          ['Year', 'Sales', 'Expenses'],
          ['2004',  1000,      400],
          ['2005',  1170,      460],
          ['2006',  660,       1120],
          ['2007',  1030,      540]

        var chart = new google.visualization.ImageAreaChart(document.getElementById('chart_div'));

        chart.draw(data, {width: 400, height: 240, min: 300, max: 1400, title: 'Yearly Expenses and Sales'});
    <div id="chart_div" style="width: 400px; height: 240px;"></div>


The google.charts.load package name is "imageareachart"

  google.charts.load('current', {packages: ['imageareachart']});

The visualization's class name is google.visualization.ImageAreaChart

  var visualization = new google.visualization.ImageAreaChart(container);

Data Format

Each column represents a line in the chart; each entry is the Y axis value at the same X axis point, and the visualization connects them with a straight line, then fills in the area below the line.

Data is processed by column, starting at column zero and increasing. You shoud write the highest lines first, then the lower lines, because if you painted a lower line first, a higher line would paint over and hide any lower lines. Therefore try to make column 1 have higher points than column 2, column 2 higher than column 3, and so on. If you have one or two points higher on a right column than a left column, it might partially obscure the lower line, but it should still be visible.

All data must be numeric type except for the first, which can be either numeric or string. If the first column is a string type, the first column entries will be displayed as labels on the X; if the first column is a number, no X axis labels will be shown. All columns (except the first) must be numbers. There is no limit to the number of columns.

Configuration Options

Name Type Default Description
backgroundColor string '#FFFFFF' (white) The background color for the chart in the Chart API color format.
colors Array<string> Auto Use this to assign specific colors to each data series. Colors are specified in the Chart API color format. Color i is used for data column i, wrapping around to the beginning if there are more data columns than colors. If variations of a single color is acceptable for all series, use the color option instead.
enableEvents boolean false Causes charts to throw user-triggered events such as click or mouse over. Supported only for specific chart types. See Events below.
height number Container's height Height of the chart in pixels.
legend string 'right' Position and type of legend. Can be one of the following:
  • 'right' - To the right of the chart.
  • 'left' - To the left of the chart.
  • 'top' - Above the chart.
  • 'bottom' - Below the chart.
  • 'none' - No legend is displayed.
max number automatic The maximal value to show in the Y axis.
min number automatic The minimal value to show in the Y axis.
showCategoryLabels boolean true If set to false, removes the labels of the categories (the X axis labels).
showValueLabels boolean true If set to false, removes the labels of the values (the Y axis labels).
title string no title Text to display above the chart.
valueLabelsInterval number Auto The interval at which to show value axis labels. For example, if min is 0, max is 100, and valueLabelsInterval is 20, the chart will show axis labels at (0, 20, 40, 60, 80 100).
width number Container's width Width of the chart in pixels.


Method Return Type Description
draw(data, options) none Draws the chart.


You can register to hear the events described on the Generic Image Chart page.

Data Policy

Please refer to the Chart API logging policy.