Generate a Chart Image from URL

Create static charts for embedding in email, SMS, reports, and more.

Create a chart using a single URL

<img src="{type:'bar',data:{labels:['January','February','March','April', 'May'], datasets:[{label:'Dogs',data:[50,60,70,180,190]},{label:'Cats',data:[100,200,300,400,500]}]}}">

This service is a replacement for the Google Image Charts API, which turned off on March 14, 2019. It can also generate chart PDFs and QR codes.


How It Works

Chart images are defined by their URLs. Each URL contains a JSON/Javascript object that includes all the data and display options. These options follow the popular open-source graphing library Chart.js. Use the documentation to define your chart.

Once you've written your config, render it as an image with[[insert config here]]. Try the realtime editor below:

The API also lets you generate charts in PDF format (see below for all customization options).

Customize Your Chart

Let's get creative. The example below uses custom background colors, title, legend, stacked bars, axis labels, and data labels:

You can use any static customization option available in Chart.js. The best place to learn the extent of customization options is through the documentation.

A couple things to remember when customizing your chart:

We also provide these additional options as query parameters:

Combine these parameters in your query string. For example: /chart?width=500&height=300&format=pdf&c={...}

Advanced API

POST endpoint

If your chart is large or complicated, you may prefer to send a POST request rather than a GET request. This avoids limitations on URL length and means you don't have to worry about URL encoding. The /chart POST endpoint takes the same parameters as above via the following JSON object:

  "backgroundColor": "transparent",
  "width": 500,
  "height": 300,
  "format": "png",
  "chart": {...},

Note that if you want to include Javascript code in chart (e.g. to format labels), you'll have to send the parameter as a string rather than a JSON object.

Short URLs

You may like to create a shorter URL for your charts, especially if you are sending them via email or SMS. Send a POST request to per the above POST spec. For example:

curl -X POST \
     -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
     -d '{"chart": {"type": "bar", "data": {"labels": ["Hello", "World"], "datasets": [{"label": "Foo", "data": [1, 2]}]}}}' \

You will get a response that looks like this:

  "success": true,
  "url": ""

Go to the url in the response to render your chart.

Note the following caveats:

Chart Types

Customization can be very simple. By changing type: bar to type: line, for example, we can instantly produce an equivalent line graph:

Bar Graph

<img src="{type:'bar',data:{labels:['January','February','March','April', 'May'], datasets:[{label:'Dogs',data:[50,60,70,180,190]},{label:'Cats',data:[100,200,300,400,500]}]}}">

Line Graph

<img src="{type:'line',data:{labels:['January','February','March','April', 'May'], datasets:[{label:'Dogs',data:[50,60,70,180,190]},{label:'Cats',data:[100,200,300,400,500]}]}}">

There are many other chart types as well:

Radar Chart

<img src="{type:'radar',data:{labels:['January','February','March','April', 'May'], datasets:[{label:'Dogs',data:[50,60,70,180,190]},{label:'Cats',data:[100,200,300,400,500]}]}}">

Pie Chart

<img src="{type:'pie',data:{labels:['January','February','March','April', 'May'], datasets:[{data:[50,60,70,180,190]}]}}">

Doughnut Chart

<img src="{type:'doughnut',data:{labels:['January','February','March','April', 'May'], datasets:[{data:[50,60,70,180,190]}]}}">

Scatter Plot

<img src="{type:'scatter',data:{datasets:[{label:'Data 1',data:[{x:2,y:4},{x:3,y:3},{x:-10,y:0},{x:0,y:10},{x:10,y:5}]}]}}">

Bubble Chart

The r variable defines bubble radius in pixels:

<img src="{type:'bubble',data:{datasets:[{label:'Data 1',data:[{x:1,y:4,r:9},{x:2,y:4,r:6},{x:3,y:8,r:30},{x:0,y:10,r:1},{x:10,y:5,r:5}]}]}}">

Radial Gauge / "Meter" Charts

View the options at chartjs-radial-gauge for customization details.

<img src="{type:'radialGauge',data:{datasets:[{data:[70],backgroundColor:'green'}]}}">


A sparkline is a special case of line graph with axes and other labeling removed. All line graph options can be applied.

<img src="{type:'sparkline',data:{datasets:[{data:[140,60,274,370,199]}]}}">

You can combine charts together by specifying different "types":

Mixed Charts

<img src="{type:'bar',data:{labels:['January','February','March','April', 'May'], datasets:[{label:'Dogs',data:[50,60,70,180,190]},{label:'Cats',data:[100,200,300,400,500],},{type:'line',fill:false, label:'Potatoes',data:[100,400,200,400,700]}]}}">

Chart Annotations and Plugins

Three additional Chart.js plugins are supported: Data Labels (chartjs-plugin-datalabels), Annotations (chartjs-plugin-annotation), and Outlabels (chartjs-plugin-piechart-outlabels). These allow you to add various markup to your chart. Have a look at the documentation for each plugin to learn more about the possibilities.

An example of Chart.js data labels and annotations:

An example of the outlabeledPie type:

QR codes

We also support QR code generation. You can render a QR code like so:'s my text

Remember the URL-encode your text parameter for more complex strings. The QR endpoint produces a PNG image by default. You may optionally set the query parameter format=svg for SVG format.

Specify the whitespace around QR image in modules with query parameter margin (defaults to 4), size in pixels of the square QR image (defaults to 150), and error correction level with ecLevel=M (valid values: L, M, Q, H).

If you'd like to customize the color of your QR code, use dark=000000 and light=ffffff. The parameters must be hex color codes. Here's the same code as above but with slimmer margins, more error protection, and colors:'s%20my%20text&dark=f00&light=0ff&ecLevel=Q


QuickChart will always be free and open source, but some users need a different (non-GPL) license or a Service-Level Agreement (SLA) that guarantees uptime. Contact support with any questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is QuickChart reliable?

This site ( is widely used and generates over 16 million charts per month without issue. That's an average of 6 charts per second over the entire month! There is a built-in rate limit of 240 charts/min (4 charts/sec) per IP.

If you want to remove rate limits or need a Service-Level Agreement with uptime guarantees, get in touch.

See also the QuickChart status page, which monitors uptime.

How can I make my chart look like X?

QuickChart uses the Chart.js library, so you should look at the Chart.js documentation or use Chart.js-related search terms to answer questions on how to customize your chart. If you're really stuck, you can post on StackOverflow and/or email us.

Do I need a license to use QuickChart?

Charts generated by QuickChart are public domain. You don't need a license or any permission to use or distribute images produced by this site.

If you'd like to fork the code, keep in mind this project is licensed under GPLv3 and you should make your code public and retain the copyright notice. If you'd like to license QuickChart privately or commercially, or if you'd like help setting up a private instance, please get in touch.

How can I contribute?

QuickChart is under active development. If you'd like to suggest a feature or modify QuickChart code, please open an issue or pull request on the QuickChart Github.


The QuickChart is provided for free and open source. You may use images produced by this website for any purpose. This service was built in response to the Google Image Charts shutdown and is supported by Arthena and Zenysis.

The site is a public service that is shared between many users. It serves over 16 million charts per month. There is a 240 requests per minute per IP rate limit (4 charts/sec) on the public service. If you'd like to exceed this limit, please contact us to request an exception or discuss commercial pricing.

QuickChart is open source, dual licensed under the GNU GPLv3 and a commercial license. This means that QuickChart is never going away; anyone can host this service with minimal resource requirements. If you would like to modify QuickChart source code for commercial use, please contact us for a license.