Highcharts have a rich API which allows you to have control of the entire chart, from title, subtitle to axis ticks, labels, annotations. We’ll review the main functions with simple examples.

Before to start

If this is clear, we can continue.

Now, let’s create a simple chart:

library(highcharter)

data("citytemp")

hc <- highchart() %>% 
  hc_xAxis(categories = citytemp$month) %>% 
  hc_add_series(
    name = "Tokyo", data = citytemp$tokyo
    ) %>% 
  hc_add_series(
    name = "London", data = citytemp$london
    ) %>% 
  hc_add_series(
    name = "Other city",
    data = (citytemp$tokyo + citytemp$london)/2
    )

hc

Chart

With hc_chart you can define general chart options.

hc %>% 
  hc_chart(
    borderColor = '#EBBA95',
    borderRadius = 10,
    borderWidth = 2,
    backgroundColor = list(
      linearGradient = c(0, 0, 500, 500),
      stops = list(
        list(0, 'rgb(255, 255, 255)'),
        list(1, 'rgb(200, 200, 255)')
        )
      )
    )

Now change type to column and add 3d effect.

hc <- hc %>% 
  hc_chart(
    type = "column",
    options3d = list(
      enabled = TRUE, 
      beta = 15,
      alpha = 15
      )
    )
hc
# back to the line!
hc <- hc_chart(hc, type = "line", options3d = list(enabled = FALSE))

Title, subtitle, caption and credits

A good chart always have at least title, right? Then you can do it better adding relevant information using a subtitle or caption, even link to the source of data:

hc %>% 
  hc_title(
    text = "This is the title of the chart"
    ) %>% 
  hc_subtitle(
    text = "This is an intereseting subtitle to give
    context for the chart or some interesting fact"e
    context for the chart or some interesting fact"
    ) %>% 
  hc_caption(
    text = "This is a long text to give some 
    subtle details of the data which can be relevant to the reader. 
    This is usually a long text that's why I'm trying to put a 
    <i>loooooong</i> text."text to give some 
    subtle details of the data which can be relevant to the reader. 
    This is usually a long text that's why I'm trying to put a 
    loooooong text.", 
    useHTML = TRUE
    ) %>% 
  hc_credits(
    text = "Chart created using R and highcharter",
    href = "http://jkunst.com/highcharter",
    enabled = TRUE
    )

Axis

Usually is desirable get control or modify the behavior of the axis:

hc %>% 
  hc_xAxis(
    title = list(text = "Month in x Axis"),
    opposite = TRUE
    ) %>% 
  hc_yAxis(
    title = list(text = "Temperature <b>in y Axis</b>", useHTML = TRUE),
    opposite = TRUE,
    minorTickInterval = "auto",
    minorGridLineDashStyle = "LongDashDotDot",
    showFirstLabel = FALSE,
    showLastLabel = FALSE
  )

A good feature is plotLines and plotBand which you can use in both axis. For example:

hc %>% 
  hc_xAxis(
    plotLines = list(
      list(
        label = list(text = "This is a plotLine"),
        color = "#FF0000",
        width = 2,
        value = 4,
        # the zIndex is used to put the label text over the grid lines 
        zIndex = 1
        )
      )
    ) %>% 
  hc_yAxis(
    plotBands = list(
      list(
        from = 20,
        to = 50,
        color = hex_to_rgba("red", 0.1),
        label = list(text = "This is a plotBand"),
        # the zIndex is used to put the label text over the grid lines 
        zIndex = 1
        )
      )
    ) 

Legend & tooltip

hc %>%
  hc_legend(
    align = "left",
    verticalAlign = "top",
    layout = "vertical",
    x = 0, y = 100
    ) %>%
  hc_tooltip(
    crosshairs = TRUE,
    backgroundColor = "#F0F0F0",
    shared = TRUE, 
    borderWidth = 5
    )