By on 6/10/2010

There are a few references online about how to get the new ASP.NET Charting controls working with the MVC framework. However, some of them are outdated, and the corresponding information to make it work with MVC2 are spread out. So in an effort to organize the info all in one place, here's a quick step by step guide on how to get this working :-)

First step is to add a reference to the System.Web.DataVisualization assembly

Next create a new charting controller (or simply add the action method below to an existing controller).
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Drawing;
using System.IO;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using System.Web.UI.DataVisualization.Charting;

namespace Phoenix.Portal.Controllers { public class ChartController : Controller { private Font font = new Font("Trebuchet MS", 14, FontStyle.Bold); private Color color = Color.FromArgb(26, 59, 105);

public ActionResult Index() { // Define the Data ... this simple example is just a list of values from 0 to 50 List<float> values = new List<float>(); for (int i = 0; i < 50; i++) { values.Add(i); }

// Define the Chart Chart Chart2 = new Chart() { Width = 800, Height = 296, RenderType = RenderType.BinaryStreaming, Palette = ChartColorPalette.BrightPastel, BorderlineDashStyle = ChartDashStyle.Solid, BorderWidth = 2, BorderColor = color }; Chart2.BorderSkin.SkinStyle = BorderSkinStyle.Emboss;

Chart2.Titles.Add(new Title("Do The Wave!", Docking.Top, font, color)); Chart2.ChartAreas.Add("Waves"); Chart2.Legends.Add("Legend");

//Bind the model data to the chart var series1 = Chart2.Series.Add("Sin"); var series2 = Chart2.Series.Add("Cos");

foreach (int value in values) { series1.Points.AddY((float)Math.Sin(value * .5) * 100f); }

foreach (int value in values) { series2.Points.AddY((float)Math.Cos(value * .5) * 100f); }

// Stream the image to the browser MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream(); Chart2.SaveImage(stream, ChartImageFormat.Png); stream.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.Begin); return File(stream.ToArray(), "image/png"); } } }
Finally, show the chart by pointing to the controller's path:
<img src="/chart" />
And that's it! You get a sweet chart as seen below:

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