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D3.js component with ReactJS

This example is based on a blog post by Nicolas Hery. It utilizes ES6 classes and ReactJS's lifecycle methods to keep the D3 component updated


<!DOCTYPE html>

  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <title>Hello, d3React!</title>
    .d3Component {
      width: 720px;
      height: 120px;
<script src="https://fb.me/react-15.2.1.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://fb.me/react-dom-15.2.1.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/babel-core/5.8.34/browser.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://d3js.org/d3.v4.min.js"></script>

  <div id="app" />
  <script type="text/babel" src="d3_react.js"></script>



class App extends React.Component {
  constructor(props) {
    this.state = {
      d3React: new d3React()
    this.getd3ReactState = this.getd3ReactState.bind(this);

  getd3ReactState() {
    // Using props and state, calculate the d3React state
    return ({
      data: {
        x: 0,
        y: 0,
        width: 42,
        height: 17,
        fill: 'red'

  componentDidMount() {
    var props = {
      width: this._d3Div.clientWidth,
      height: this._d3Div.clientHeight
    var state = this.getd3ReactState();
    this.state.d3React.create(this._d3Div, props, state);

  componentDidUpdate(prevProps, prevState) {
    var state = this.getd3ReactState();
    this.state.d3React.update(this._d3Div, state);

  componentWillUnmount() {

  render() {
    return (
        <div className="d3Component" ref={(component) => { this._d3Div = component; } } />

class d3React {
  constructor() {
    this.create = this.create.bind(this);
    this.update = this.update.bind(this);
    this.destroy  = this.destroy.bind(this);
    this._drawComponent = this._drawComponent.bind(this);

  create(element, props, state) {
    console.log('d3React create');
    var svg = d3.select(element).append('svg')
      .attr('width', props.width)
      .attr('height', props.height);

    this.update(element, state);

  update(element, state) {
    console.log('d3React update');
    this._drawComponent(element, state.data);

  destroy(element) {
    console.log('d3React destroy');

  _drawComponent(element, data) {
    // perform all drawing on the element here
    var svg = d3.select(element).select('svg');

      .attr('x', data.x)
      .attr('y', data.y)
      .attr('width', data.width)
      .attr('height', data.height)
      .attr('fill', data.fill);

ReactDOM.render(<App message="Hello, D3.js and React!"/>, document.getElementById('app'));

Place the contents of d3_react.html and d3_react.js in the same directory and navigate a web browser to the d3React.html file. If all goes well, you will see a header stating Hello, D3.js and React! rendered from the React component and a red rectangle below from the custom D3 component.

React uses refs to "reach out" to the component instance. The lifecycle methods of the d3React class require this ref to append, modify, and remove DOM elements. The d3React class can be extended to create more custom components and inserted anywhere a div.d3Component is created by React.

D3js with Angular

Using D3js with Angular can open up new fronts of possibilities such as live updation of charts as soon as data is updated. We can encapsulate complete chart functionality within an Angular directive, which makes it easily reusable.

index.html >>

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html ng-app="myApp">
  <script src="https://d3js.org/d3.v4.min.js"></script>
  <script data-require="[email protected]" data-semver="1.4.1" src="https://code.angularjs.org/1.4.1/angular.js"></script>
  <script src="app.js"></script>
  <script src="bar-chart.js"></script>


  <div ng-controller="MyCtrl">
    <!-- reusable d3js bar-chart directive, data is sent using isolated scope -->
    <bar-chart data="data"></bar-chart>


We can pass the data to the chart using controller, and watch for any changes in the data to enable live updation of chart in the directive:

app.js >>

angular.module('myApp', [])
  .controller('MyCtrl', function($scope) {
    $scope.data = [50, 40, 30];
    $scope.$watch('data', function(newVal, oldVal) {
      $scope.data = newVal;
    }, true);

Finally, the directive definition. The code we write to create and manipulate the chart will sit in the link function of the directive.

Note that we have put a scope.$watch in the directive too, to update as soon as the controller passes new data. We are re-assigning new data to our data variable if there is any data change and then calling the repaintChart() function, which performs the chart re-rendering.

bar-chart.js >>

angular.module('myApp').directive('barChart', function($window) {
  return {
    restrict: 'E',
    replace: true,
    scope: {
      data: '='
    template: '<div id="bar-chart"></div>',
    link: function(scope, element, attrs, fn) {

      var data = scope.data;
      var d3 = $window.d3;
      var rawSvg = element;

      var colors = d3.scale.category10();

      var canvas = d3.select(rawSvg[0])
        .attr("width", 300)
        .attr("height", 150);

      // watching for any changes in the data
      // if new data is detected, the chart repaint code is run
      scope.$watch('data', function(newVal, oldVal) {
        data = newVal;
      }, true);

      var xscale = d3.scale.linear()
        .domain([0, 100])
        .range([0, 240]);

      var yscale = d3.scale.linear()
        .domain([0, data.length])
        .range([0, 120]);

      var bar = canvas.append('g')
        .attr("id", "bar-group")
        .attr("transform", "translate(10,20)")
        .attr("class", "bar")
        .attr("height", 15)
        .attr("x", 0)
        .attr("y", function(d, i) {
          return yscale(i);
        .style("fill", function(d, i) {
          return colors(i);
        .attr("width", function(d) {
          return xscale(d);

      // changing the bar widths according to the changes in data
      function repaintChart() {
          .attr("width", function(d) {
            return xscale(d);

Here is the working JSFiddle.

D3.js chart with Angular v1


<div ng-app="myApp" ng-controller="Controller">
    <some-chart data="data"></some-chart>


angular.module('myApp', [])
.directive('someChart', function() {
    return {
        restrict: 'E',
        scope: {data: '=data'},
        link: function (scope, element, attrs) {
        var chartElement = d3.select(element[0]);
            // here you have scope.data and chartElement
            // so you may do what you want

function Controller($scope) {
    $scope.data = [1,2,3,4,5]; // useful data