Visualization framework for the ArcGIS Platform

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Cedar is a library for crafting, sharing and data visualizations powered by ArcGIS Services. Built with D3 and the Vega graphics grammar, Cedar extends them with bindings for making templated chart graphics that can be re-used with different datasets.
At the highest level, Cedar provides a simple chart API. Beyond that it is possible to create new and unique chart types that can be loaded and customized through interactions and styling depending on your needs.
Currently Esri Cedar is in development and should be thought of as a beta or preview.

Types of Charts

While Cedar provides a set of commonly used chart types including Bar, Line, Scatterplot, and Pie through use of the Vega grammar it is possible for developers to create unique and custom charts that can be used by other developers with new data sources.
When starting with Cedar, we suggest that you begin by exploring the simple charts using your own data services. As you experiment with the interactions with Maps and more complex interaction you can also customize these charts with new capabilities such as legends, size scaling or labeling. Finally, you can fork and create completely custom chart templates that you then provide for other developers to use through Cedar.

Getting Started

Installing Cedar

You can install Cedar and it's dependencies from npm:
npm install arcgis-cedar

Or from bower:
bower install arcgis-cedar

Alternatively, you can get Cedar from the CDN as shown below.

Loading Cedar

You can load Cedar and its dependencies by including script tags that point to the CDN or your locally installed versions of these libraries. This will make the Cedar global available to your application.
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
  var chart = new Cedar({"type": "bar"});

If you're using Cedar with the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, you can declare packages for Cedar and its dependencies so that they can be loaded by Dojo's AMD loader:
<link rel="stylesheet" href="">
  window.dojoConfig = {
    async: true,
    packages: [
        name: 'd3',
        location: '',
        main: 'd3.min'
      }, {
        name: 'vega',
        location: '',
        main: 'vega.min'
      }, {
        name: 'cedar',
        location: '',
        main: 'cedar.min'
<script src=""></script>
  require(['cedar'], function(Cedar) {
    var chart = new Cedar({"type": "bar"});

If you're using the Dojo build tool, you may also need to install and configure a package for the vega dependency topojson.

Using Cedar

Once Cedar is loaded you can create and show the chart at a designated element as follows:
//create a cedar chart using the known 'bar' type
// this is the same as passing {"specification": "path/to/cedar/charts/bar.json"}
var chart = new Cedar({"type": "bar"});

//create the dataset w/ mappings
var dataset = {
  "query": {
    "groupByFieldsForStatistics": "ZIP_CODE",
    "outStatistics": [{
      "statisticType": "sum",
      "onStatisticField": "TOTAL_STUD",
      "outStatisticFieldName": "TOTAL_STUD_SUM"
    "sort": "TOTAL_STUD_SUM DESC",
    "x": {"field":"ZIP_CODE","label":"ZIP Code"},
    "y": {"field":"TOTAL_STUD_SUM","label":"Total Students"}

//assign to the chart
chart.dataset = dataset;

//show the chart{
  elementId: "#chart"

See the tutorial to learn more.


Here is are an extensive set of demos showing the concepts of Cedar.

Components of a Cedar Chart

Cedar charts are defined by the following ingredients:
  • a Specification is a JSON document which includes,
- inputs that declare the variables of the chart such as category or value to be summarized - template is a declarative syntax for chart design using the Vega visualization grammar.
  • a dataset
- either url link to the ArcGIS Feature Layer; - ...or values can be an array of inline features - mappings bind the Feature Layer attributes to the Specification inputs
  • and overrides are specific modifications to the Specification template

See the API documentation for further details.

Development Instructions

Make sure you have the Grunt CLI installed.
  1. Fork this repository and download 'cedar' locally
  2. cd into the cedar folder
  3. Install the dependencies with npm install
  4. Run npm start from the command line. This will start the web server locally at http://localhost:8082 and start watching the source files and running linting and testing commands.
  5. Deploy your changes using grunt docs:deploy which pushes to your origin/gh-pages
  6. Create a pull request to esri/cedar/develop


  • D3 version 3 or higher is required but the latest version is recommended.
  • Vega


For transparency into the release cycle and in striving to maintain backward compatibility, Cedar is maintained under the Semantic Versioning guidelines and will adhere to these rules whenever possible.
Releases will be numbered with the following format:
And constructed with the following guidelines:
  • Breaking backward compatibility bumps the major while resetting minor and patch
  • New additions without breaking backward compatibility bumps the minor while resetting the patch
  • Bug fixes and misc changes bumps only the patch

For more information on SemVer, please visit .


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