ChartJS | How to draw Bar graph using data from MySQL table and PHP


In this tutorial we are learning to draw Bar Graph using data from MySQL table and PHP.

Using ChartJS 2.x Download

Note! You can get the code of this tutorial from my GitHub repository.


We will need the following items to complete this tutorial.

  • Text Editor like SublimeText, TextMate, Coda, NotePad++ or IDE like Eclipse
  • Web Browser like Chrome or Firefox
  • PHP development environment on your localhost. For this you can use XAMPP (Windows/Linux/OS X users) or MAMP (Windows/OS X users)
  • MySQL
  • ChartJS
  • jQuery

So lets get started...

MySQL table

For this tutorial we will consider a very simple score table having two columns playerid and score and 5 entries.

Score table

CREATE TABLE `score` (
  `playerid` int(10) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
  `score` int(11) DEFAULT '0',
  PRIMARY KEY (`playerid`)

Score table data

INSERT INTO `score` VALUES (1,10),(2,40),(3,20),(4,9),(5,20);

Create a New Project

Create a new project folder and name it chartjs. Note! Feel free to name your project as per your choice. Inside the chartjs project folder create a subfolder and name it js. This will hold all the javascript files.

Moving the JS files in the js folder

Copy the Chart.min.js and jquery.min.js files inside the js folder that we created inside the chartjs project folder. And create an app.js file inside the js folder. This will contain all the javascript code that we are going to write for this project.

Create data.php file to fetch data from MySQL table

Create a new file data.php inside the chartjs folder. This file is going to contain php code that will fetch data from the score table and display it in JSON format.

File: data.php

//setting header to json
header('Content-Type: application/json');

define('DB_HOST', '');
define('DB_USERNAME', 'root');
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'root123');
define('DB_NAME', 'mydb');

//get connection
$mysqli = new mysqli(DB_HOST, DB_USERNAME, DB_PASSWORD, DB_NAME);

  die("Connection failed: " . $mysqli->error);

//query to get data from the table
$query = sprintf("SELECT playerid, score FROM score ORDER BY playerid");

//execute query
$result = $mysqli->query($query);

//loop through the returned data
$data = array();
foreach ($result as $row) {
  $data[] = $row;

//free memory associated with result

//close connection

//now print the data
print json_encode($data);

Output of data.php file

To get the output of data.php file open it in your web browser (Chrome for instance)

URL: localhost/chartjs/data.php


Create bargraph.html file to display bar graph

Now create a new file inside chartjs project folder and name it bargraph.html this file is going to display bar graph.

File: bargraph.html

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>ChartJS - BarGraph</title>
    <style type="text/css">
      #chart-container {
        width: 640px;
        height: auto;
    <div id="chart-container">
      <canvas id="mycanvas"></canvas>

    <!-- javascript -->
    <script type="text/javascript" src="js/jquery.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="js/Chart.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="js/app.js"></script>

Write some javascript in app.js

We will be making AJAX call from app.js file to data.php file to fetch the JSON data which will be used to draw the bar graph.

File: app.js

    url: "http://localhost/chartjs/data.php",
    method: "GET",
    success: function(data) {
      var player = [];
      var score = [];

      for(var i in data) {
        player.push("Player " + data[i].playerid);

      var chartdata = {
        labels: player,
        datasets : [
            label: 'Player Score',
            backgroundColor: 'rgba(200, 200, 200, 0.75)',
            borderColor: 'rgba(200, 200, 200, 0.75)',
            hoverBackgroundColor: 'rgba(200, 200, 200, 1)',
            hoverBorderColor: 'rgba(200, 200, 200, 1)',
            data: score

      var ctx = $("#mycanvas");

      var barGraph = new Chart(ctx, {
        type: 'bar',
        data: chartdata
    error: function(data) {


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