This tutorial shows you how to use Live Charts control in C#.NET Windows Forms Application.

The live charts control is a library support WPF, UWP and Winforms. It's simple, flexible, interactive and powerful data visualization for winforms application.

To play the demo, you need to create a windows forms application project, then install live charts from the Manage Nuget Packages.

You can design a simple UI allows you to load data to chart control from a datagridview as shown below

live charts c# .net winforms

Create a dataset, then add a binding source to the datagridview control


Add code to handle your button click event as shown below

using System;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using LiveCharts;
using LiveCharts.Wpf;

namespace LiveChartDemo
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()

        Func<ChartPoint, string> labelPoint = chartPoint => string.Format("{0} ({1})", chartPoint.Y, chartPoint.Participation);

        private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            pieChart1.LegendLocation = LegendLocation.Bottom;

        private void btnLoad_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            SeriesCollection series = new SeriesCollection();
            foreach (var obj in data.Revenue)
                series.Add(new PieSeries() { Title = obj.Year.ToString(), Values = new ChartValues<int> { obj.Total }, DataLabels = true, LabelPoint = labelPoint });
            pieChart1.Series = series;

If you don't see the live charts control in your visual studio toolbox. You need to create a new tab, then add a reference to the live charts library or you can drag the live charts library into your visual studio toolbox

From your visual studio toolbox drag a pie chart control to your windows forms application

You can also add a material design to the Charts that match the Material Design style

material design charts c# winforms .net

Or create a high performance chart with 20k points, following multi thread practices

live charts

Or create 2 charts with many points to navigate through records easily

c# live charts .net