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The samples environment for Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET Framework contains over 200 samples for both ASP.NET and Windows Forms. The samples cover every major feature in Chart Controls for .NET Framework. They enable you to see the Chart controls in action as well as use the code as templates for your own web and windows applications.

The samples environments each contains a Getting Started section to help you start using the Chart controls quickly. The samples demonstrates how to use the following features in Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET Framework:
  • All supported chart types.
  • Data series, chart areas, axes, legends, labels, titles, and more.
  • Data Binding
  • Data manipulation, such as copying, splitting, merging, alignment, grouping, sorting, searching, filtering, and more.
  • Statistical formulas and financial formulas.
  • Advanced chart appearance, such as 3D, anti-aliasing, lighting, perspective, and more.
  • Chart rendering.
  • Events and Customizations.
  • Interactivity and AJAX.

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Last edited Nov 4 2008 at 3:40 AM  by cephalin, version 11
B33S wrote  Nov 26 2008 at 5:35 PM  
Thank you so much, its rocks !!
Hello from France ;)

bypan6 wrote  Dec 2 2008 at 6:54 PM  
This is awesome! Is there a version of these samples in Visual Basic?

bypan6 wrote  Dec 2 2008 at 9:40 PM  
Nevermind. I found the Visual Basic code in the samples on a separate tab. Thanks!

shmulyeng wrote  Dec 3 2008 at 1:41 AM  
Is there an online version of the samples?

spoiledtechie wrote  Dec 5 2008 at 8:07 PM  
Man, I am just flattened by the most impressive examples of charting controls that you put out. WOW!

Any chance you could do a Radial Chart control. Like in a CAR speedometer?

AlexGor wrote  Dec 8 2008 at 7:08 PM  
Gauges is another visualization our team would like to add. We do not have the exact time line when this is going to happen.


zyran wrote  Dec 10 2008 at 5:29 PM  
The entire api look almost the same as dundas charts, what's the deal with that?

/Björn, Sweden.

Stevishere wrote  Dec 10 2008 at 5:41 PM  
I am feeleing very dense. I can not find the VB code in the Samples as bypan6 evidently did. Can you tell me where?

AlexGor wrote  Dec 10 2008 at 7:34 PM  
Dundas Visualization IP was acquired by Microsoft. Check out this post:


zyran wrote  Dec 11 2008 at 1:57 AM  
That explains alot, thank's Alex :)

Valnuke wrote  Dec 13 2008 at 3:58 AM  
This is simply wonderful! thanks

liubiqu wrote  Jan 9 2009 at 11:15 AM  
This is wonderful! thanks

kwis wrote  Jan 14 2009 at 3:34 PM  
It's incredible!

canbilteknoloji wrote  Jan 18 2009 at 1:24 PM  
Es ist unglaublich, was mann mit der .Net Technologie alles mögliche machen kann. Mann haette sich das in vor Jahren wirklich nicht denken können, dass mann soweit kommen könnte.

liveidiscrap wrote  Jan 23 2009 at 9:23 PM  
So I pulled up the VB source for one of the examples and gave it a try. No errors and no chart. How about a meaningful how to get started and work with the charts document instead of the vague and worthless garbage provided? An actual tutorial would be nice and maybe something covering common errors and issues and how to solve them.

AlexGor wrote  Jan 25 2009 at 5:55 PM  
You can find a getting started tutorial right here:


mulder wrote  Feb 10 2009 at 12:35 AM  
That's great! I don't need any third party chart control any more!

salagirisamy wrote  Feb 16 2009 at 5:21 AM  
Can I use these assemblies in VS 2003? Or is there a .NET 1.1 version compatible MS Chart available?

AlexGor wrote  Feb 16 2009 at 8:07 AM  
MS Chart only supported for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1


nbrege wrote  Feb 17 2009 at 8:50 PM  
Alex ... how do I create tooltips that display the charted values when you hover over a column or bar? The included sample code is useless, it just shows how to display the data point index, but not the actual data values. Thanks.

AlexGor wrote  Feb 18 2009 at 2:55 AM  
Please post all chart related questions on the dedicated forum:

electrohead wrote  Feb 19 2009 at 9:30 AM  
Wow, this is incredible!! -Big thanks!

Xandy wrote  Feb 26 2009 at 11:24 AM  
very interesting, hello brazil !!!

TheKronos wrote  Mar 23 2009 at 10:17 AM  
Excellent work !!

VineetNair wrote  Apr 1 2009 at 7:31 PM  
You don't support Scroll,
Regarding Financial Chart it is worst. We have to do all work for it. ChartFX7 was better than u. It was mistake from my superior to move to Microsoft chart Contol. Plz work to improve on chart.

dsb wrote  Apr 12 2009 at 11:16 AM  
Hi. Will this control work on a shared hosting server without access to the GAC? i.e. Will I be able to simply add the .dll to my web application's bin directory for it to work?

alijohn wrote  Apr 14 2009 at 4:16 PM  
Great Stuff!!!
Hello from Pakistan

cephalin wrote  Apr 23 2009 at 4:40 PM  
Hi VineetNair, the Windows Forms version of the Chart control supports scrolling and zooming. Please try it out in the Windows Forms samples.

shwetacha wrote  May 11 2009 at 12:29 PM  
hi, I am using MS Chart Control for .Net Framework 3.5. in VS 2005. I want to add the functionality to show or hide the series by using Datagridview Checkbox. Any help will be Appreciated.

thgreen100 wrote  May 12 2009 at 12:05 PM  
Great Job you guys! This is the best so far!

matixsc wrote  Jun 11 2009 at 10:05 AM  
Where is Gantt chart?

AlexGor wrote  Jun 19 2009 at 4:57 AM  
You can use RangeBar chart type to create some basic Gantt charts.


Hwani wrote  Jun 23 2009 at 2:14 PM  
very interesting, hello Korea !!!

diegopro wrote  Jun 25 2009 at 3:03 PM  
I think there is a bug on the temp directory that stores the files.

Setup: ASP.NET 3.5 application running on IIS 7 and Windows Server 2008.
You need to add rights to worker with modify/write access to the folder, then on web.config you need to set the key with a absolute path.
<add key="ChartImageHandler" value="storage=file;timeout=20;dir=%DRIVE%:\inetpub\wwwroot\%APPLICATION%\TempImages\;" />
this is the only way you can deploy it on a server.
Relative paths like ~ or ./xxxxxxx/ is not working

bjmc wrote  Jul 3 2009 at 3:29 PM  
Does anybody know how to make the plotted area transparent rather than white. The examples provided show that you need to change the Backcolor to transparent, but Backcolor in reality only changes the far background color, not the plotted background color. Thanks,

acousticguitar wrote  Jul 6 2009 at 9:56 AM  
Download of the Win Forms example is missing Resource.resx, hundreds of errors attempting to compile. Maybe I'm missing something...

Saul wrote  Jul 14 2009 at 10:29 AM  
I'm trying to create a semi-log chart (y is linear, x is log). Are there any samples out there that someone can direct me to?

FGPilgrim wrote  Jul 19 2009 at 8:22 PM  
The Download with the Free Download Manager is impossible cause you will get only the Download .ASPX. Say CANCEL to the download Manager to get the ZIP File.

Kind Regards

berend wrote  Aug 2 2009 at 5:08 AM  
@bjmc: set the background color of the chart area to a (semi-)transparent color. Like this:
chart.BackColor = Color.FromArgb(0xd3, 0xdf, 0xf0);
chart.BackSecondaryColor = Color.White;
chart.BackGradientStyle = GradientStyle.TopBottom;
ChartArea ca = new ChartArea("main");
ca.BackColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(64, System.Drawing.Color.White);

Rajeevbhatt wrote  Sep 9 2009 at 1:20 PM  
Can one use the control in a NET 2.0 application, with .NET Framework 3.5 installed?

andrew5335 wrote  Oct 15 2009 at 5:20 AM  
what an awesome component !!!
I try to find component like this.
It looks very useful for my project !!

ddancers wrote  Oct 16 2009 at 6:24 PM  
To use charts do I need NET Framework 3.5 installed on both my remote VS2005 machine, and hosting server? If must be installed on server is NET Framework 3.5 compatible with Sever 2003?

mikos wrote  Oct 19 2009 at 8:45 PM  
newbie question: I have downloaded the chart samples solution, installed the control and the VS plugin. Howveer, on compiling it I get (31 errors) of " the type or namespace chart is missing. I added the reference to "System.Web.DataVisualization.dll". however the errors continues to occur. I am sure it is something simple, but I am unable to figure out. Please help!

amiglin wrote  Nov 6 2009 at 11:55 PM  
should ask quests on forums not comments. try

Doctor_Who wrote  Nov 8 2009 at 9:06 PM  
Ludicrous. If this is not too small of a subset of Dundas' Chart, then how dare they ask the prices they do?
Look at what is dubbed 3D. Pardon me? I had thought of MATLAB.
Where are treemaps? Boo. Have Tufte give you a lecture.

Sandeep_7037 wrote  Nov 17 2009 at 11:46 AM  
It was really helpful while working with charts Thank You very much.

VBMike wrote  Nov 26 2009 at 5:01 PM  
I'm glad that I found this control. I downloaded the chart control without the examples, and I already added it to some of the reports in the application that I just built. The control has a much better look than the old VB 6 chart control, and it is much easier to use.

RajeshS wrote  Dec 1 2009 at 5:55 AM  
Hi Alex,
Can I create Gannt Chart like this.. in MSCharts.
Where Type 1 is having 5 persons
and Thpe 2 are having 5 persons.

Can I show the Data in this Similar Fachion using MS Charts.. ?

|3 [............]
Type 1 |4 [.........]
|5 [.......................]
|1 [................]
Type 2 |2
|3 [............]
|4 [............]
|5 [............]


lengjr wrote  Dec 18 2009 at 1:06 PM  
I have added custom items to my legend area so i need to set the color for each. The line series colors are generated as the chart is being loaded. Is there a way to find the color of each series so I can set my legend color to match it?

Ahmed84 wrote  Jan 17 2010 at 1:11 PM  
The controls realy nice but the Right to Left property is not working well with the text it makes align to the right only, for the right to left languages like arabic it's not starting from right to left

mceranski wrote  Jan 25 2010 at 2:44 PM  
I wrote an article about how I integrate the reporting controls in a ASP.NET MVC application on my blog:

YangLi wrote  Feb 22 2010 at 12:07 AM  
This chart is awesome!

BrianIreland wrote  Feb 25 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Problem adding Chart Controls to Visual Studio toolbox (resolved, may help someone with similar issue)

I installed Chart Control, then added a reference in VS (System.Windows.Forms.DataVisualization.dll),
then installed the Add-on file. Although I then ticked the dll in rightclick Toolbox/Choose Items/ menu,
it was not showing in the Toolbox.

Took ages to figure it out. What I had to do was untick the dll, close VS, reinstalled the two dll's (Forms and Web),
reinstall the Add-on EXE, tick both the dll's in Choose Items, and then it worked.

Looks good.

jacKINGman wrote  Apr 16 2010 at 4:07 AM  
Hi . I have one...
Problem when I published and up Load on IIS5 On Windowns XP Prosfessional for test befor to upload My server
that have Error and I find Problem in search engine and I make that . My problem not sol....

Kra wrote  Apr 26 2010 at 6:49 PM  
Thanks for the perfect examples, they are worth of thousand words..

Airn5475 wrote  May 4 2010 at 11:10 AM  
I agree with spoiledtechie. Gauges should be on the list of "Things To Do"

shahnawazk wrote  May 30 2010 at 10:33 PM  
I was waiting for this Release. Thank you guys!

BhavikShah wrote  Jun 1 2010 at 1:36 PM  
We are using the Microsoft charts controls for the windows application and are having trouble with displaying tooltip on the edge of the X and Y axis. I have set the Tooltip property = true for the series. I displays the tooltip on the series but it does not display the tooltip on the edge of X and Y axis. Can anyone of you please respond to this problem and let me know whether is a bug in microsoft chart control or it is possible to accomplish this? If yes, then how?

Ibrahim wrote  Jun 23 2010 at 8:40 AM  

gaomartin wrote  Jul 19 2010 at 6:58 AM  
It's cool!

samwalker wrote  Aug 26 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Hi there.

I was wondering how/whether it is possible to export the chart in to vector format suitable for PDF's??


ieee488 wrote  Sep 10 2010 at 6:07 PM  
For those who are wondering about VB source code. It is not so obvious. You have to open the Windows Forms Samples from the Downloads on this webpage. Open up the C# project file in C#. and there are VB and C# source codes for each of the examples.

aximili wrote  Oct 6 2010 at 5:23 AM  
How do you set the axis labels if you're not using DataBinding? Could anyone tell me? Thanks.

downmoon wrote  Nov 3 2010 at 3:41 AM  
the Encoding of Winform sample's Source Error!
Error 2 ; expected F:\samples\NetChartAll\WinSamples\WorkingWithData\DataBinding\DatabaseBindingY\DatabaseBindingY.cs 216 64 WinFormsChartSamples

PaulCHAN wrote  Nov 23 2010 at 3:44 PM  
Does it support WPF?

AmirWayn wrote  Jun 21 2011 at 4:41 AM  
Long Live Pakistan

jonnysalmon wrote  Jul 1 2011 at 7:09 AM  
not including scrolling in the web.ui version is a grave disappointment for those of use acccustomed to the Dundas predecessor. Based on what Microsoft has been delivering, I expected more from this web.ui version of the chart.

Brianm wrote  Sep 3 2011 at 3:30 PM  
This tool is awsome! Who ever put this together has my vote for a big fat raise.
We should see more like this from Microsoft.

elidexter wrote  Dec 21 2011 at 4:38 AM  
hi..can you do these same examples but in silverlight?..there's not so much examples..please

DenniverReining wrote  Feb 6 2012 at 1:31 PM  
Very helpful, thanks!

yuxitao wrote  Mar 14 2012 at 4:26 AM  
great chart!

JosephKarpinski wrote  Apr 3 2012 at 6:42 PM  
Tried rebuilding WinFormsChartSamples.exe under VS 2010 Professional SP1 with the Release option and copying just the exe to a machine with only the runtime Microsoft.Net 4.0 installed. When I try running the exe I get WinFormsChartSamples has encountered a problem and needs to close. System.IO.FileNotFoundException. If I copy the complete project folder, the application works. Is there a build component the chart application exe requires?

EntroWorld wrote  Apr 6 2012 at 4:29 PM  
Thanks a ton for this lovely piece of Intelligence, Hope I would come up someday with something & contribute to this world.....:)

irfanchaudhry wrote  Jul 18 2012 at 2:36 PM  
Is it possible to make one or more series TRANSPARENT, in a radar chart ?

biryazilim wrote  Jul 22 2012 at 2:22 PM  
remove ToUpper from path definitons if your keyboard is TR otherwise you encounter errors

myroyal wrote  Sep 7 2012 at 3:02 PM  
Can charts regenerate a gif picture ,just like flash?

kennethc1985 wrote  Nov 7 2012 at 3:51 PM  
Amazing tool, never seen anything quite like this. It's a delight to work with.

jmaahir wrote  Dec 15 2012 at 2:17 PM  
very very nice service

wtfrank wrote  Aug 1 2013 at 8:42 AM  
Its worth noting here that there are a couple of issues in the code. Some paths are generated by adding "\\" to a string to separate directories. This is unfortunately not recommended as it is non-portable. A good example to set would be to use Path.Combine() instead. The offending code is line 570 and 625 of MainForm.cs.

lcfjs wrote  Dec 2 2013 at 7:43 AM  

lcfjs wrote  Dec 2 2013 at 7:44 AM  
wo qu,bu neng ping lun zhong wen!!!qiu zhong wen wen dang!!!

Gigasoft wrote  Dec 19 2013 at 1:41 PM  
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