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Example to draw LineChart using JFreeChart in Java

JFreeChart  provides pretty good library to draw graphs in Java. As the documentation is paid you would have to struggle a lot to find the solution as per your requirements albeit simple examples are easily accessible. My requirement was also bit different than simple ones so made some efforts to achieve this. Following is an example of line chart with series. So i have names it "JFreeSeriesLineChart.java". I had tried my best to cover everything related to line chart in this example, using proper documentation.

JFreeSeriesLineChart.java
//Code Starts here
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package jfreecharts;

/**
 *
 * @author sshankar
 */
import java.awt.BasicStroke;
import java.awt.BorderLayout;
import java.awt.Color;
import javax.swing.JPanel;
import javax.swing.JLabel;
import java.awt.Stroke;
import org.jfree.chart.ChartFactory;
import org.jfree.chart.ChartPanel;
import org.jfree.chart.JFreeChart;
import org.jfree.chart.axis.NumberAxis;
import org.jfree.chart.axis.CategoryAxis;
import org.jfree.chart.plot.CategoryPlot;
import org.jfree.chart.plot.PlotOrientation;
import org.jfree.chart.renderer.category.LineAndShapeRenderer;
import org.jfree.data.category.CategoryDataset;
import org.jfree.data.category.DefaultCategoryDataset;
import org.jfree.ui.ApplicationFrame;
import org.jfree.ui.RefineryUtilities;
import org.jfree.chart.axis.CategoryLabelPositions;


/**
 * A simple demonstration application showing how to create a line chart using data from a
 * {@link CategoryDataset}.
 */
public class JFreeSeriesLineChart extends ApplicationFrame {

    /**
     * Creates a new demo.
     *
     * @param title  the frame title.
     */
   
   
    public JFreeSeriesLineChart(final String title) {
        super(title);
       
        final CategoryDataset dataset = createDataset();
        final JFreeChart chart = createChart(dataset);
       
        final ChartPanel chartPanel = new ChartPanel(chart);
        this.add(chartPanel, BorderLayout.CENTER);
       
        //Adds a label at bottom of the chart. You can use it to show some useful information
        JPanel customPanel = new JPanel();
        JLabel lbl = new JLabel("<html><h3>Note : You can add any important note here.</h3></html>");
        customPanel.add(lbl);
        this.add(customPanel, BorderLayout.SOUTH);
       
       
       
    }
    /**
     * Returns a sample dataset.
     *
     * @return The dataset.
     */
    private CategoryDataset createDataset() {
       
        // create the dataset...
        final DefaultCategoryDataset dataset = new DefaultCategoryDataset();

        dataset.addValue(1.0, "Series1", "Category1");
        dataset.addValue(4.0, "Series1", "Category2");
        dataset.addValue(3.0, "Series1", "Category3");
        dataset.addValue(5.0, "Series1", "Category4");
        dataset.addValue(5.0, "Series1", "Category5");

        dataset.addValue(5.0, "Series2", "Category1");
        dataset.addValue(7.0, "Series2", "Category2");
        dataset.addValue(6.0, "Series2", "Category3");
        dataset.addValue(8.0, "Series2", "Category4");
        dataset.addValue(4.0, "Series2", "Category5");

        dataset.addValue(4.0, "Series3", "Category1");
        dataset.addValue(3.0, "Series3", "Category2");
        dataset.addValue(2.0, "Series3", "Category3");
        dataset.addValue(3.0, "Series3", "Category4");
        dataset.addValue(6.0, "Series3", "Category5");
       
        return dataset;
       
    }
     /**
     * Creates a sample chart.
     *
     * @param dataset  a dataset.
     *
     * @return The chart.
     */
    private JFreeChart createChart(final CategoryDataset dataset) {
       
       final JFreeChart chart = ChartFactory.createLineChart(
            "Line Chart Example",
         // chart title
            "Category",                   // domain(x-axis) axis label
            "Value",                      // range(y-axis) axis label
            dataset,                      // data
            PlotOrientation.VERTICAL,     // orientation
            true,                         // include legend
            true,                         // tooltips
            false                         // urls
        );
       
       
        // NOW DO SOME OPTIONAL CUSTOMISATION OF THE CHART...
        //final StandardLegend legend = (StandardLegend) chart.getLegend();
        //legend.setDisplaySeriesShapes(true);
        //legend.setShapeScaleX(1.5);
        //legend.setShapeScaleY(1.5);
        //legend.setDisplaySeriesLines(true);
       
       
       
        // set chart background
        chart.setBackgroundPaint(Color.white);
       

        //set plot specifications
        final CategoryPlot plot = (CategoryPlot) chart.getPlot();
        plot.setBackgroundPaint(new Color(0xffffe0));
        plot.setDomainGridlinesVisible(true);
        plot.setDomainGridlinePaint(Color.lightGray);
        plot.setRangeGridlinePaint(Color.lightGray);
       
        //CUSTOMIZE DOMAIN AXIS
        final CategoryAxis domainAxis = (CategoryAxis) plot.getDomainAxis();
       
        //customize domain label position
        domainAxis.setCategoryLabelPositions(
            CategoryLabelPositions.createUpRotationLabelPositions(Math.PI / 6.0)
        );

       
        //CUSTOMIZE RANGE AXIS
        final NumberAxis rangeAxis = (NumberAxis) plot.getRangeAxis();
        rangeAxis.setStandardTickUnits(NumberAxis.createIntegerTickUnits());
        rangeAxis.setAutoRangeIncludesZero(true);
        //rangeAxis.setVerticalTickLabels(true);
        //rangeAxis.setAutoTickUnitSelection(rootPaneCheckingEnabled);
       
        //CUSTOMIZE THE RENDERER
        final LineAndShapeRenderer renderer = (LineAndShapeRenderer) plot.getRenderer();
        // renderer.setDrawShapes(true);
       
       
        //You can also set series line colors for each line
        /*renderer.setSeriesPaint(0, Color.RED);
        renderer.setSeriesPaint(1, Color.BLUE);
        renderer.setSeriesPaint(2, Color.YELLOW);
        renderer.setSeriesPaint(3, Color.GREEN);
        renderer.setSeriesPaint(4, Color.ORANGE);
        renderer.setSeriesPaint(5, Color.white);*/
       

       
       
        //Working Code to show values along with dots
        /*NumberFormat format = NumberFormat.getNumberInstance();
        format.setMaximumFractionDigits(2);
        CategoryItemLabelGenerator generator =
            new StandardCategoryItemLabelGenerator(
                StandardCategoryItemLabelGenerator.DEFAULT_LABEL_FORMAT_STRING,format);
               
        renderer.setBaseItemLabelGenerator(generator);
        renderer.setBaseItemLabelsVisible(true);
        */

       
        //set dots or you can say shapes at a point
        renderer.setBaseShapesFilled(true);
        renderer.setBaseShapesVisible(true);
       
        //DISPLAY LINES TYPE
       
        //It would show solid lines
        Stroke stroke = new BasicStroke(
            3f, BasicStroke.CAP_ROUND, BasicStroke.JOIN_BEVEL);
        renderer.setBaseOutlineStroke(stroke);
       
        //You can also customize your lines like dotted one, dash-ed one etc.
        /* renderer.setSeriesStroke(
            0, new BasicStroke(
                2.0f, BasicStroke.CAP_ROUND, BasicStroke.JOIN_ROUND,
                1.0f, new float[] {10.0f, 6.0f}, 0.0f
            )
        );
        renderer.setSeriesStroke(
            1, new BasicStroke(
                2.0f, BasicStroke.CAP_ROUND, BasicStroke.JOIN_ROUND,
                1.0f, new float[] {6.0f, 6.0f}, 0.0f
            )
        );
        renderer.setSeriesStroke(
            2, new BasicStroke(
                2.0f, BasicStroke.CAP_ROUND, BasicStroke.JOIN_ROUND,
                1.0f, new float[] {2.0f, 6.0f}, 0.0f
            )
        );*/
       
       
        return chart;
    }
   
    /**
     * Starting point for the demonstration application.
     *
     * @param args  ignored.
     */
    public static void main(final String[] args) {

        final JFreeSeriesLineChart demo = new JFreeSeriesLineChart("Series-Line Chart Demo");
        demo.pack();
        RefineryUtilities.centerFrameOnScreen(demo);
        demo.setVisible(true);

    }

}

After running successfully, you will get the following output :



Note : In line chart you can't perform zoom-in operation for a particular section. For that you have to go with TimeSeriesChart.
  

Thanks!!!!!!!! Enjoy Programming :)

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