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jqPlot + Asp.net: Dynamic pie chart with jQuery ajax, C#

 jqPlot Pie Chart: This article explains how to create a Pie chart using jqPlot jQuery plugin in Asp.net c#.  .i.e We dynamically create a pie chart with the database ( MS SQL server) connectivity using jqPlot in Asp.net C#. You can also check my previous article on Charting.

What is jQplot?

jqPlot is a plotting and charting plugin for the jQuery Javascript framework. jqPlot produces beautiful line, bar and pie charts with many features.


Using jqPlot Asp.net c# pie chart example with database

Using jqPlot Asp.net c# pie chart example with database

Step to generate dynamic Pie Chart

  1. Create Database , .i.e table with some data.
  2. Download jqPlot and jQuery latest library.
  3.  Html Markup: add a `Div` tag where pie chart will display.
  4.  Server-side C#- Create a WebService ( WebMethod) which returns data.
  5. Client side jQuery – code to initialize jqPlot and binding data to it.

# Create Database:

Here in our database, we have a `Table` as tb_city_population, and `column` as City Name and Population.

We are going to create pie chart dynamically, which displays population percentage for respected cities from our database ( MS SQL server ).

Table Schema ScreenShot:

Fig 1Database design schemna used to build pie chart using jqPlot Asp.net c#


Now add some data into our table check Fig 2.

Fig 2

Database - add data to our table which is used to build pie chart using jqPlot Asp.net c#


# Download jqPlot and jQuery files.

Now download and include jqPlot and jQuery file. You can host the jQuery file on your server, or you can also use from the Google-hosted site.

So now our head tag looks like as written below.

<link href="Scripts/jqPlot/jquery.jqplot.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />
<script src="latestJs_1.11/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="Scripts/jqPlot/jquery.jqplot.min.js"></script>
<script src="Scripts/jqPlot/jqplot.pieRenderer.min.js"></script>

# HTML Markup :

Here we add a `drop-down` list, `div` tag and a `button`.  On Button tag we bind `click` event which makes an ajax call, Div tag is used to display Pie Chart.

Finally, this is how our HTML looks like as written below

    Select Year :
    <select id="ddlyear">
    <button id="btnCreatePieChart">Create Pie chart</button><br />
    <div id="chartdiv" style="height: 350px; width: 500px;"></div>

# Code Behind: Create a WebMethod, which returns JSON data and its use to create Pie Chart dynamically.

First, we add a WebService file (ASMX file ) in our Asp.net Web Application. Now we create a class as cityPopulation in our `asmx` file as shown below.

public class cityPopulation 
   public string city_name { get; set; }
   public int population { get; set; }
   public string id { get; set; }

Now write a WebMethod in our ASMX file, which returns the list of city name with city population count, and on the client side, we bind this data to our div using jqPlot to generate Pie Chart.

I must suggest you have a look at Simple jQuery Ajax JSON Example in Asp.net with SQL database.

Our C# WebMethod code looks like as shown below.

 public List<cityPopulation> getCityPopulation(List<string> pData)
        List<cityPopulation> p = new List<cityPopulation>();

   using (SqlConnection cn = new SqlConnection(conn))
     string myQuery = "SELECT id_, city_name, population FROM  tb_city_population WHERE  year_of = @year";
      SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand();
      cmd.CommandText = myQuery;
      cmd.CommandType = CommandType.Text;
      cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@year", pData[0]);
      cmd.Connection = cn;
      SqlDataReader dr = cmd.ExecuteReader();
     if (dr.HasRows)
         while (dr.Read())
          cityPopulation cpData = new cityPopulation();
          cpData.city_name = dr["city_name"].ToString();
          cpData.population =Convert.ToInt32(dr["population"].ToString());
     return p;

 # jQuery code to initialize jqPlot and display Pie Chart.

We are done with our server-side code now its time to work on client side. Using jQuery will call an ajax method and on its success response, we bind `JSON` data to generate pie chart using `jqPlot Plugin` with dynamic data.

Our jQuery code looks like as shown below.

$("#btnCreatePieChart").on('click', function (e) {

    var self = $(this);
    var pData = [];
    pData[0] = $("#ddlyear").val();

    var jsonData = JSON.stringify({ pData: pData });

        type: "POST",
        url: "WebService.asmx/getCityPopulation",
        data: jsonData,
        contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",
        dataType: "json",
        success: OnSuccess_,
        error: OnErrorCall_

    function OnSuccess_(response) {
        var aData = response.d;
        var arr = []

        $.map(aData, function (item, index) {
            var i = [item.city_name, item.population];
        var plot1 = jQuery.jqplot('chartdiv', [arr],
                seriesDefaults: {
                    // Make this a pie chart.
                    renderer: jQuery.jqplot.PieRenderer,
                    rendererOptions: {
                        // Put data labels on the pie slices.
                        // By default, labels show the percentage of the slice.
                        showDataLabels: true
                legend: { show: true, location: 'e' }

    function OnErrorCall_(response) {
        alert("Whoops something went wrong!");


We are done,  this is how our Pie chart looks.

Using jqPlot Asp.net c# pie chart example with database


You can also check these articles:

  1. Chart.js Asp.net: Create Pie Chart with database Jquery Ajax C#.
  2. Chart.js Asp.net: Create Line chart with database Jquery Ajax C#.
  3. Generic Handler ashx file: Post send JSON data in Asp.net C#.
  4. jQuery Ajax JSON Example in Asp.net with SQL database.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any recommendations, please let us know what you think in the comment section below! See you again next time!

Satinder Singh

Hi all, am Founder and Author of Codepedia.info, also atypical polyglot programmer from Bombay, India. I have a passion to create, solve, and deploy software applications.
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One comment on “jqPlot + Asp.net: Dynamic pie chart with jQuery ajax, C#”

  1. Rocky dave

    Hi , thanks for such nice post, i was looking for this only to create dynamic ppie chart using jqPlot with asp.net , and there are many tuts with PHP , good to find in asp.net too thanks again, keep the good work 🙂

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