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RadSparkLine displays categorical (discrete) charts and has an implicit category and value axis. The awareness for their existence is important even though they are not typically visible. The axis orientation is inferred from the series type.

This help article describes the specifics you would need to know about the category and value axes in RadSparkline.

Category Axis

The category axis is used to represent the category to which a data point value belongs. While category names are not visible by default, they will be displayed in tooltips. RadSparkline's categoryAxis property is used to configure the category axis settings.

To provide category names, use the categoryAxis.categories property, as shown below:

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<span id="line" data-win-control="Telerik.UI.RadSparkline" data-win-options="{
    type: 'line',
    data: [952, 940, 937, 980],
    categoryAxis: {
        categories: [2010, 2011, 2012, 2013]
    height: 50,
    width: 100,
    theme: 'light'

If RadSparkline is bound to a Telerik.Data.DataSource and you want to use one of the data fields as source of category names, use the categoryAxis.field property.

Displaying Dates

The category axis provides built-in support for displaying dates. This includes:

  • Automatic selection of granularity/base unit (minutes, hours, days, etc.)

  • Label formatting matched to the granularity

  • Grouping of categories into base units and series aggregates

Specifying categories of type Date will switch the axis to date mode.

The base unit can also be specified manually. Valid options are:

  • minutes

  • hours

  • days

  • months

  • years

Below, you can see an example of RadSparkline using a Date field to populate its category axis:

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<span id="column" data-win-control="Telerik.UI.RadSparkline" data-win-options="{
    dataSource: {
        data: SampleData.salesPerDate
    series: [
            type: 'column',
            field: 'Value',
            aggregate: 'sum'
    categoryAxis: {
        field: 'Date',
        type: 'date',
        baseUnit: 'years',
        crosshair: {
            visible: false
    tooltip: {
        sharedTemplate: '<strong> #=category.getFullYear()# </strong>: #=points[0].value#'
    height: 50,
    width: 50,
    theme: 'light'

The example data has the following structure:

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var salesData = [

    { Date: new Date(2008, 11, 30), Value: 10 },
    { Date: new Date(2008, 8, 30), Value: 6.3 },
    { Date: new Date(2008, 5, 30), Value: 5 },
    { Date: new Date(2008, 2, 30), Value: 5.3 },
    { Date: new Date(2009, 11, 30), Value: 8.7 },
    { Date: new Date(2009, 8, 30), Value: 5.5 },
    { Date: new Date(2009, 5, 30), Value: 4.5 },
    { Date: new Date(2009, 2, 30), Value: 4.8 }

This is how the result looks:



In the above example we defined an aggregate property for the series. If more than one category falls within a base unit, then its values are aggregated to display a single point. To display an aggregated value that fits your requirements, you can change the aggregates function by setting this aggregate property for the series.

Available options are:

  • min

  • max

  • count

  • sum

  • avg

  • function (values, series) - custom aggregate

Value Axis

In a categorical chart like RadSparkline, data points are plotted on the value axis. RadSparkline currently supports only numeric value axes.

When you want to explicitly define the values at which the axis will start and end, use the min and max properties. Their default values are 0 and 1 respectively. Once the sparkline is aware of its data, the max value is dynamically changed to be larger than all values belonging to the current axis.

Setting different min and max values for the axis produces different scale for the drawn series. For example, the following declaration produces the sparkline below it:

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<span id="vlueAxisSettingsSparkline" data-win-control="Telerik.UI.RadSparkline" data-win-options="{
    type: 'area',
    data: [955, 998, 970, 980],
    valueAxis: {
        min: 950,
        max: 1000
    width: 100,
    height: 100,
    theme: 'light'
sparkline-axes-value 1

Now, if you change the min property value to 700, the same sparkline will look like this:

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