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The ValueFormatter interface

Philipp Jahoda edited this page May 18, 2017 · 18 revisions

Available since v1.6.2 - changed (improved) in v2.1.4

The IValueFormatter interface can be used to create custom-made formatter classes that allow to format values within the chart (from DataSets) in a specific way before drawing them.

For using the IValueFormatter, simply create a new class and let it implement the interface and return whatever you want to be displayed from the getFormattedValue(...) method.

Creating a Formatter

public class MyValueFormatter implements IValueFormatter {

    private DecimalFormat mFormat;
    public MyValueFormatter() {
        mFormat = new DecimalFormat("###,###,##0.0"); // use one decimal
    public String getFormattedValue(float value, Entry entry, int dataSetIndex, ViewPortHandler viewPortHandler) {
        // write your logic here
        return mFormat.format(value) + " $"; // e.g. append a dollar-sign

Then, set your formatter to the ChartData or DataSet object:

// usage on whole data object
lineData.setValueFormatter(new MyValueFormatter());

// usage on individual dataset object
lineDataSet.setValueFormatter(new MyValueFormatter());

Predefined Formatters

  • LargeValueFormatter: Can be used for formatting large values > "1.000". It will turn values like "1.000" into "1k", "1.000.000" will be "1m" (million), "" will be "1b" (billion) and values like one trillion will be e.g. "1t".
  • PercentFormatter: Used for displaying a "%" sign after each value with 1 decimal digit. Especially useful for the PieChart. 50 -> 50.0 %
  • StackedValueFormatter: A formatter specifically designed to be used with stacked BarChart. It allows to specify whether all stack values should be drawn or just the top value.
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