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Introduction | Demo | API Reference

d3Kit-timeline NPM version Dependency Status

If you want to have a simple timeline that labels do not overlap, but too lazy to implement one from scratch, this library is for you. Below is a screenshot of four timelines of the same data, each can be created via ~10 lines of code. See demo.

The use case of this library is not limited to temporal data. You can change the scale to be d3.scale.linear() or something else to support x-value that is not time.

This small library is built on top of D3, d3Kit and Labella.js.

Note: If you are upgrading from v0.x.x to v1.x.x, this library now return the constructor d3KitTimeline instead of d3Kit. Please see the change logs for more detail.


npm install d3kit-timeline --save


bower install d3kit-timeline --save

Example Usage

If you have this dataset

var data = [
  {time: new Date(1977, 4,25), episode: 4, name: 'A New Hope'},
  {time: new Date(1980, 4,17), episode: 5, name: 'The Empire Strikes Back'},
  {time: new Date(1984, 4,25), episode: 6, name: 'Return of the Jedi'},
  {time: new Date(1999, 4,19), episode: 1, name: 'The Phantom Menace'},
  {time: new Date(2002, 4,16), episode: 2, name: 'Attack of the Clones'},
  {time: new Date(2005, 4,19), episode: 3, name: 'Revenge of the Sith'},
  {time: new Date(2015,11,18), episode: 7, name: 'The Force Awakens'},

Here is how to create a timeline with labels on the right.

var chart = new d3KitTimeline('#timeline', {
  direction: 'right',
  initialWidth: 400,
  initialHeight: 250,
  textFn: function(d){
    return d.time.getFullYear() + ' - ' +;

For more detailed usage please refer to the API Reference.

Import to your project

Choice 1. Global

Adding this library via <script> tag is the simplest way. By doing this, d3KitTimeline is available in the global scope.

<script src="bower_components/d3/d3.min.js"></script>
<script src="bower_components/d3kit/dist/d3kit.min.js"></script>
<script src="bower_components/labella/dist/labella.min.js"></script>
<script src="bower_components/d3kit-timeline/dist/d3kit-timeline.min.js"></script>
Choice 2: AMD

If you use requirejs, this library support AMD out of the box.

  paths: {
    d3:    'path/to/d3',
    d3kit: 'path/to/d3Kit',
    labella: 'path/to/labella',
    'd3kit-timeline': 'path/to/d3kit-timeline'
require(['d3kit-timeline'], function(d3KitTimeline) {
  // do something with d3KitTimeline
Choice 3: node.js / browserify

d3kit-timeline also supports usage in commonjs style.

var d3KitTimeline = require('d3kit-timeline');


Krist Wongsuphasawat / @kristw

Copyright 2015-2017 Krist Wongsuphasawat. Licensed under the Apache License Version 2.0


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