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Create a Stack Bar Chart with Chart.js


We can create stacked bar chart with Chart.js

With the stacked option in Chart.js, we can create a stacked bar chart from a simple bar chart.

To create the chart, first we need to add Chart.js to our code by writing:

<script src=''></script>
<script src=''></script>

<canvas id="barChart" width="400" height="400"></canvas> 

The code above also adds moment.js for manipulating time and a canvas element to display the chart.

Then we write:

const ctx = document.getElementById('barChart').getContext('2d');

const chart = new Chart(ctx, {
  type: 'bar',
  data: {
    labels: [
      moment(new Date(2020, 0, 1)).format('YYYY-MM-DD'),
      moment(new Date(2020, 0, 2)).format('YYYY-MM-DD'),
      moment(new Date(2020, 0, 3)).format('YYYY-MM-DD')
    datasets: [{
        label: '# of Green Votes',
        data: [12, 19, 13],
        borderWidth: 1,
        backgroundColor: ['green', 'green', 'green']
        label: '# of Pink Votes',
        data: [15, 9, 19],
        borderWidth: 1,
        backgroundColor: ['pink', 'pink', 'pink']
  options: {
    scales: {
      xAxes: [{
        stacked: true
      yAxes: [{
        stacked: true

We’ve specified by the labels in the labels property to be 3 dates.

In the datasets property, we have the label to display the label of the legtnd.

The borderWidth has the border with value of the bar in pixels.

The backgroundColor has the background color of the bars.

The data has the bar heights of the bars.

The options object has the property that lets us create a stacked bar chart.

We have the xAxes property, which has an array with an object that has stacked set to true.

Also, we have the same property in the object in the yAxes array.

Once we have that, we get:

Create a Stack Bar Chart with Chart.js

Creating a stacked bar chart is just as easy as add the data to display for each bar.

Then we set the stacked option in the options object to make 2 or more bars stacked together.

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