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Erik Mulder edited this page Apr 28, 2017 · 14 revisions

Using Charts in openHAB


With Persistence being available in openHAB, one frequent requirement is to visualize time series of values in the UI. openHAB supports the easy definition and creation of such charts.

Using default Charts

Default charts are accessible via http://localhost:8080/chart using same parameter as above. Example:


Using RRD4j Charts

To use the rrd4j charting solution, you must have installed the addon bundle org.openhab.persistence.rrd4j. The items that you want to show on the graphs must be persisted through the rrd4j persistence service once a minute, see the Persistence documentation on how to set this up.

WARNING: The RRD chart needs data to be stored at least once per minute, otherwise it will not show data.

Charts are not created in a regular interval, but on-the-fly upon access, which means that they are always up-to-date. To access the charts, the org.openhab.persistence.rrd4j bundle registers a servlet that can be accessed at http://<server>:<port>/rrdchart.png.

What kind of data should be displayed is configured through HTTP parameters. The servlet accepts the following ones:

  • w: width in pixels of image to generate - this parameter is optional and defaults to 480
  • h: height in pixels of image to generate - this parameter is optional and defaults to 240
  • period: the time span for the x-axis. Value can be h,4h,8h,12h,D,3D,W,2W,M,2M,4M,Y - this parameter is optional and defaults to "D", i.e. showing the last 24 hours
  • items: A comma separated list of item names to display - mandatory, unless "groups" parameter is provided
  • groups: A comma separated list of group names, whose members should be displayed - mandatory, unless "items" parameter is provided

A valid request hence could look like this:


The created chart will be automatically formatted with some sensible defaults. There is currently no way to change e.g. the y-axis range, the line colors, the legend, etc. A flexible configuration solution that allows full control of all rrd tool features is planned for later.

Charts in Sitemap

To use show multiple items in a chart, they must be in the same group:

Group gTemperatures
Number TEMP_1 "Temperature 1" (gTemperatures)
Number TEMP_2 "Temperature 2" (gTemperatures)

And in *.sitemap: Chart item=gTemperatures period=h refresh=300

Alternative Solutions

There are other potential ways to integrate charts in the UI: They could be created on the server and provided to the UI as PNG or SVG files. They could also be created as HTML5 through Javascript (see e.g. Sencha Charts or Google Chart Tool) if your database supports external access.

feature overview


Setup intro

Linux and OS X





User Interfaces



(link to openHAB forum)



Application Integration



A good source of inspiration and tips from users gathered over the years. Be aware that things may have changed since they were written and some examples might not work correctly.

Please update the wiki if you do come across any out of date information.

Binding configurations

Use case examples

Item definition examples

Sitemap definition examples

Collections of Rules on a single page

Single Rules


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Release Notes

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