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YAxis

The YAxis is a subclass of AxisBase. This wiki entry only describes the YAxis, not it’s superclass.

The YAxis class (in versions older than 2.0.0 called YLabels), is the data and information container for everything related with the vertical-axis. Each Line-, Bar-, Scatter or CandleStickChart has a left and a right YAxis object, responsible for either the left, or the right axis respectively. The RadarChart has only one YAxis. By default, both axes of the chart are enabled and will be drawn.

In order to acquire an instance of the YAxis class, call one of the following methods:

YAxis leftAxis = chart.getAxisLeft();
YAxis rightAxis = chart.getAxisRight();

YAxis leftAxis = chart.getAxis(AxisDependency.LEFT);

YAxis yAxis = radarChart.getYAxis(); // this method radarchart only

At runtime, use public AxisDependency getAxisDependency() to determine the side of the chart this axis represents.

Customizations that affect the value range of the axis need to be applied before setting data for the chart.

Axis Dependency

Per default, all data that is added to the chart plots against the left YAxis of the chart. If not further specified and enabled, the right YAxis is adjusted to represent the same scale as the left axis.

If your chart needs to support different axis scales, you can achieve that by setting the axis your data should plot against. This can be done by changing the AxisDependency of your DataSet object:

LineDataSet dataSet = ...; // get a dataset
dataSet.setAxisDependency(AxisDependency.RIGHT);

Setting this will change the axis your data is plotted against.

The zero line

Besides the grid-lines, that originate horizontally alongside each value on the YAxis, there is the so called zeroline, which is drawn at the zero (0) value on the axis, and is similar to the grid-lines but can be configured separately.

  • setDrawZeroLine(boolean enabled): Enables / disables drawing the zero-line.
  • setZeroLineWidth(float width): Sets the line-width of the zero line.
  • setZeroLineColor(int color): Sets the color the zero-line should have.

Zero-line example code:

// data has AxisDependency.LEFT
YAxis left = mChart.getAxisLeft();
left.setDrawLabels(false); // no axis labels
left.setDrawAxisLine(false); // no axis line
left.setDrawGridLines(false); // no grid lines
left.setDrawZeroLine(true); // draw a zero line
mChart.getAxisRight().setEnabled(false); // no right axis

The above code will result in a zero-line like shown in the image below. No axis values are drawn, no grid lines or axis lines are drawn, just a zero line.

More example code

YAxis yAxis = mChart.getAxisLeft();
yAxis.setTypeface(...); // set a different font
yAxis.setTextSize(12f); // set the text size
yAxis.setAxisMinimum(0f); // start at zero
yAxis.setAxisMaximum(100f); // the axis maximum is 100
yAxis.setTextColor(Color.BLACK);
yAxis.setValueFormatter(new MyValueFormatter());
yAxis.setGranularity(1f); // interval 1
yAxis.setLabelCount(6, true); // force 6 labels
//... and more
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