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Open High Low Close (OHLC) Chart


An open-high-low-close chart (also known as OHLC, HLOC chart) is a type of chart typically used to illustrate movements in the price of a financial instrument over time. Each vertical line on the chart shows the price range (the highest and lowest prices) over one unit of time, e.g. one day or one hour. Tick marks project from each side of the line indicating the opening price (e.g. for a daily bar chart this would be the starting price for that day) on the left, and the closing price for that time period on the right. The bars may be shown in different hues depending on whether prices rose or fell in that period.

The Japanese candlestick chart is another way of displaying market price data, with the opening and closing prices defining a rectangle within the range for each time unit. Both charts show the exact same data, i.e. the opening, high, low, and closing prices during a particular time frame. Some traders find the Candlestick Chart easier to read.

OHLC is a type of series that is predominantly used for demonstrating the stock market data, due to its specifics. So AnyChart OHLC series are available in AnyStock. Learn more about using OHLC series in Stocks in the OHLC series in Stocks article.

This article explains how to create a basic OHLC chart as well as configure specific settings. See the table below to get a brief overview of the OHLC chart's characteristics:

Data Fieldsopen, high, low, close
Multiple SeriesYES
VerticalVertical OHLC
Error BarsN/A
StockStock OHLC
Japanese Candlestick
Chartopedia: OHLC Chart
General Settings

Quick Start

To create an OHLC chart, use the chart constructor. If you pass the data to this chart constructor, it will create an OHLC series.

To create an OHLC series explicitly, call the ohlc() method.

The following sample demonstrates how a basic single-series OHLC chart is created using an imaginable price ranges:

// create a data set
var data =[
[Date.UTC(2007, 08, 07), 22.75, 23.7, 22.69, 23.44],
[Date.UTC(2007, 08, 06), 23.03, 23.15, 22.44, 22.97],
[Date.UTC(2007, 08, 03), 23.2, 23.39, 22.87, 22.92],
[Date.UTC(2007, 08, 02), 22.65, 23.7, 22.65, 23.36],
[Date.UTC(2007, 08, 01), 23.17, 23.4, 22.85, 23.25],
[Date.UTC(2007, 07, 31), 23.88, 23.93, 23.24, 23.25],
[Date.UTC(2007, 07, 30), 23.55, 23.88, 23.38, 23.62],
[Date.UTC(2007, 07, 27), 23.98, 24.49, 23.47, 23.49],
[Date.UTC(2007, 07, 26), 23.2, 23.39, 22.87, 22.92],
[Date.UTC(2007, 07, 25), 22.75, 23.7, 22.69, 23.44],
[Date.UTC(2007, 07, 24), 22.65, 23.7, 22.65, 23.36],
[Date.UTC(2007, 07, 23), 23.55, 23.88, 23.38, 23.62]

// create a chart
chart =;
var seriesData = data.mapAs({x: [0], open: [1], high: [2], low: [3], close: [4]});

// create an ohlc series and set the data
var series = chart.ohlc(seriesData);

// set the container id

// initiate drawing the chart

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General Settings

In AnyChart there are many settings that are configured in the same way for all chart types, including the Area chart (for example, legend and interactivity settings).

Read the overview of general settings: General Settings.

Special Settings


In this section we will describe main parts of candlestick chart visualization and ways to adjust it. The visual appearance of candlestick is defined using certain parameters. The most important parameters for OHLC series are the following:

You can learn more from the Appearance Settings section.

In the sample below, there are two OHLC series with appearance settings configured for the first series:

// set colors for the first series
series1.hoverRisingStroke("#0066cc", 2);
series1.selectRisingStroke("#0066cc", 4);
series1.fallingStroke("#00cc99", 1, "10 5", "round");
series1.hoverFallingStroke("#00cc99", 2, "10 5", "round");
series1.selectFallingStroke("#00cc99", 4, "10 5", "round");

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Labels are text or image elements that can be placed anywhere on any chart (they can be enabled on a whole series or for a single point). For text labels, font settings and text formatters are available.


A Tooltip is a text box displayed when a point on a chart is hovered. There is a number of visual and other settings available: for example, you can edit the text by using font settings and text formatters, change the style of background, adjust the position of a tooltip, and so on.