Flot Pie Charts

June 28, 2011

I have many pie chart that have the same three segments, one features contest wins, another top six places, and a third unplaced. I wanted to have each segment colour coded in a specific way. Unfortunately the Raphael pie chart code I was using did not support this, and always defaulted to assigning colours in the order of the size of the slice of pie.

I switched to using the Flot pie chart to sort this out.


The JavaScript libraries required to be included are:

<script src="/site_media/flot/jquery.flot.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="/site_media/flot/jquery.flot.pie.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>


Here's the code used to produce the pie chart:

  var lPieData = [
    { label: "Wins", data: {{Wins}}, color: "#ffc600" },  
    { label: "Top Six", data: {{TopSixNotWin}}, color: "#99ccff" },
    { label: "Unplaced", data: {{Unplaced}}, color: "#316497" }

$.plot($("#flot_pie"), lPieData,
  series: {
    pie: {
      show: true,
      label: {
        formatter: function(label, series){
          return '<div style="font-size:8pt;text-align:center;padding:2px;color:black;">'
                           +label+'<br/>'+series.data[0][1]+" (" +Math.round(series.percent)+'%)</div>';
  legend: {
      show: false

Note that:

  • Colours for the pie slices are defined alongside the data and labels.
  • We use a function to make sure all the labels for the pie segments are in black. They will default to the colour of the pie slice.
  • This also changes what is displayed - we change the slice title, slice value and slice percentage.


This solution also requires a HTML tag to insert into - this is identified with the id flot_pie:

<div id="flot_pie"></div>


This tag needs some styling to set the width and height of the pie chart:

#flot_pie {
  width: 220px;
  height: 220px;


Tags: flot pie chart