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Getting started


First of all, Lightweight Charts™ is a client-side library. This means that it does not and cannot work on the server-side (i.e. NodeJS), at least out of the box.

The code of lightweight-charts package targets the es2016 language specification. Thus, all the browsers you will have to work with should support this language revision (see this compatibility table). If you need to support the previous revisions, you could try to setup a transpilation of the package to the target you need to support in your build system (e.g. by using Babel). If you'll have any issues with that, please raise an issue on github with the details and we'll investigate possible ways to solve it.


The first thing you need to do to use lightweight-charts is to install it from npm:

npm install --save lightweight-charts

Note that the package is shipped with TypeScript declarations, so you can easily use it within TypeScript code.

Build variants

The library ships with the following build variants:

Dependencies includedModeES moduleCommonJS ⚠️IIFE (window.LightweightCharts)
Yes (standalone)PRODlightweight-charts.standalone.production.mjs-lightweight-charts.standalone.production.js
Yes (standalone)DEVlightweight-charts.standalone.development.mjs-lightweight-charts.standalone.development.js

⚠️ Deprecation note: CommonJS support will be removed from the library at the start of 2024.

License and attribution


The Lightweight Charts™ license requires specifying TradingView as the product creator.

You shall add the "attribution notice" from the NOTICE file and a link to to the page of your website or mobile application that is available to your users.

As thanks for creating Lightweight Charts™, we'd be grateful if you add the attribution notice in a prominent place.

Creating a chart

Once the library has been installed in your repo you're ready to create your first chart.

First of all, in a file where you would like to create a chart you need to import the library:

import { createChart } from 'lightweight-charts';

createChart is the entry-point for creating charts. You can use it to create as many charts as you need:

import { createChart } from 'lightweight-charts';

// ...

// somewhere in your code
const firstChart = createChart(document.getElementById('firstContainer'));
const secondChart = createChart(document.getElementById('secondContainer'));

The result of this function is a IChartApi object, which you need to use to work with a chart instance.

Creating a series

Once your chart is created it is ready to display data.

The basic primitive to display a data is a series. There are different types of series:

  • Area
  • Bar
  • Baseline
  • Candlestick
  • Histogram
  • Line

To create a series with desired type you need to use appropriate method from IChartApi. All of them have the same naming add<type>Series, where <type> is a type of a series you'd like to create:

import { createChart } from 'lightweight-charts';

const chart = createChart(container);

const areaSeries = chart.addAreaSeries();
const barSeries = chart.addBarSeries();
const baselineSeries = chart.addBaselineSeries();
// ... and so on

Please look at this page for more information about different series types.

Note that a series cannot be transferred from one type to another one since different series types have different data and options types.

Setting and updating a data

Once your chart and series are created it's time to set data to the series.

Note that regardless of the series type, the API calls are the same (the type of the data might be different though).

Setting the data to a series

To set the data (or to replace all data items) to a series you need to use ISeriesApi.setData method:

const chartOptions = { layout: { textColor: 'black', background: { type: 'solid', color: 'white' } } };
const chart = createChart(document.getElementById('container'), chartOptions);
const areaSeries = chart.addAreaSeries({
lineColor: '#2962FF', topColor: '#2962FF',
bottomColor: 'rgba(41, 98, 255, 0.28)',
{ time: '2018-12-22', value: 32.51 },
{ time: '2018-12-23', value: 31.11 },
{ time: '2018-12-24', value: 27.02 },
{ time: '2018-12-25', value: 27.32 },
{ time: '2018-12-26', value: 25.17 },
{ time: '2018-12-27', value: 28.89 },
{ time: '2018-12-28', value: 25.46 },
{ time: '2018-12-29', value: 23.92 },
{ time: '2018-12-30', value: 22.68 },
{ time: '2018-12-31', value: 22.67 },

const candlestickSeries = chart.addCandlestickSeries({
upColor: '#26a69a', downColor: '#ef5350', borderVisible: false,
wickUpColor: '#26a69a', wickDownColor: '#ef5350',
{ time: '2018-12-22', open: 75.16, high: 82.84, low: 36.16, close: 45.72 },
{ time: '2018-12-23', open: 45.12, high: 53.90, low: 45.12, close: 48.09 },
{ time: '2018-12-24', open: 60.71, high: 60.71, low: 53.39, close: 59.29 },
{ time: '2018-12-25', open: 68.26, high: 68.26, low: 59.04, close: 60.50 },
{ time: '2018-12-26', open: 67.71, high: 105.85, low: 66.67, close: 91.04 },
{ time: '2018-12-27', open: 91.04, high: 121.40, low: 82.70, close: 111.40 },
{ time: '2018-12-28', open: 111.51, high: 142.83, low: 103.34, close: 131.25 },
{ time: '2018-12-29', open: 131.33, high: 151.17, low: 77.68, close: 96.43 },
{ time: '2018-12-30', open: 106.33, high: 110.20, low: 90.39, close: 98.10 },
{ time: '2018-12-31', open: 109.87, high: 114.69, low: 85.66, close: 111.26 },


Updating the data in a series

In a case when your data is updated (e.g. real-time updates) you might want to update the chart as well.

But using ISeriesApi.setData very often might affect the performance and we do not recommend to do this. Also it replaces all series data with the new one, and probably this is not what you're looking for.

Thus, to update the data you can use a method ISeriesApi.update. It allows you to update the last data item or add a new one much faster without affecting the performance:

import { createChart } from 'lightweight-charts';

const chart = createChart(container);

const areaSeries = chart.addAreaSeries();
// ... other data items
{ time: '2018-12-31', value: 22.67 },

const candlestickSeries = chart.addCandlestickSeries();
// ... other data items
{ time: '2018-12-31', open: 109.87, high: 114.69, low: 85.66, close: 111.26 },

// sometime later

// update the most recent bar
areaSeries.update({ time: '2018-12-31', value: 25 });
candlestickSeries.update({ time: '2018-12-31', open: 109.87, high: 114.69, low: 85.66, close: 112 });

// creating the new bar
areaSeries.update({ time: '2019-01-01', value: 20 });
candlestickSeries.update({ time: '2019-01-01', open: 112, high: 112, low: 100, close: 101 });