itemTextFormatter: Function

A custom formatter function that returns text to be displayed inside individual legend items.

  • legendText property of dataSeries / dataPoint overrides itemTextFormatter.

var  chart =  new  CanvasJS.Chart("container",
   itemTextFormatter: function ( e ) {
               return "Custom Legend "  + e.dataPoint.label;  


  • By using itemTextFormatter, you can return any value to be displayed inside legendItems.
    Below is the structure of object passed as parameter to the function
    e: { // parameter sent to function
           dataPoint          // Available only in case of pie / doughnut

  • dataPoint is available as part of parameter only in case of pie / doughnut charts. It is null in case of other chart types.

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Comments 7

  1. Any chance of adding HTML encoding support to the legendText or itemTextFormatter? I’m trying to render a element icon before each legend item, but it always just outputs the HTML as a part of the string. Another option is to allow custom images/svgs as the dataSeries marker…?

  2. is it possible support multiple legend box with single legend Text?
    i means like following

    [REDBOX] [BLUE_BOX] [PINK_BOX] : legendText

      • Thanks for fast reply,
        i fixed problem but one more thing legendText propertie support html?

      • i need something like following with column chart

        [REDBOX] [BLUE_BOX] [PINK_BOX] : legendText1
        [REDBOX] [BLUE_BOX] [PINK_BOX] : legendText2
        [REDBOX] [BLUE_BOX] [PINK_BOX] : legendText3

        • Legend text doesn’t support HTML properties. So, implementing custom legend with HTML you can customize it according to your requirement. Here is an example of custom legend implementation.

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