Tooltip is a text box that is hidden by default and can be displayed when a point on a chart is hovered. Tooltip demonstrates the information that each point contains. It may also display some additional information if this is defined by the tooltip settings.

Default Tooltip

By default, the tooltip is being shown when a point on a chart is hovered. To disable them from showing at all set "false" to the enabled() method.

// enable tooltip for all series

// disable tooltip
var tooltip = series.tooltip();

Hover each of the series to see the difference.


Basic settings

NOTE: Tooltips inherit settings. When settings are defined for tooltips of a whole chart, the series' tooltips inherit them and have the same settings. You can override settings for any series.

To change font color and font face use fontColor() and fontFamily() methods.

For example, let's set "gold" color to all tooltips and then override it with "green" for one of the series.

// settings

You can see that three series have tooltips with text of gold color and only the one has its tooltips text colored green.


You can also change tooltip background(), padding(), title() and title separator().

Let's adjust some of these settings to see how it works.

// tooltip padding for all series on a chart

// background color


Formatting title and separator is described the title formatting section.

Display Mode

There are three modes of a tooltip display:


Single tooltip is the default mode. In this mode tooltip displays information only for a single hovered point.

// create column chart plot
var chart = anychart.column();

// get chart tooltip
var tooltip = chart.tooltip();

// set single mode for the tooltip

Here is a sample of a chart with the tooltip in a single state:



Union display mode helps to display information about all points with the same argument from all series in one tooltip. This display mode is very useful for comparing series data. Here is a sample of the union tooltip:

// get chart's tooltip
var tooltip = chart.tooltip();

// set display mode for the tooltip


Note that if your tooltip is in union mode, setting background color for series separately has no sense as this setting is taken from chart tooltip settings


Separated display mode shows a single tooltip for all series of the chart at the same time. Set "separated" value as a parameter of displayMode() method:

var tooltip = chart.tooltip();


Note: It might be necessary to manage tooltips position for each series to prevent overlapping. Information on tooltips position can be found in this article in the position section.



You can manage tooltip title visual appearance using title() method. You can adjust font's visual settings along with the title's background appearance.

var title = chart.tooltip().title();

Note that all title settings defined for a chart are inherited with the series tooltips. Here is a sample with title adjusted for all tooltips on a chart:



Separator is a space between tooltip title and content. Use separator() method to adjust this space.

// get tooltip
var tooltip = chart.tooltip();

// disable separator

Here is a sample with a title separator disabled.



You can adjust tooltip content in any way you want. All you have to do is to define custom settings for the tooltip() method.

var tooltip = chart.tooltip();

Here is a sample with the settings from above.


The default content of a tooltip may vary for different chart types and series, but mainly it displays main points' properties: x and value. Check out the format() method which is described in Advanced Content Formatting section to find information about changing tooltip content.

Advanced Content Formatting

There are two parts of a tooltip that can hold some information: its title and its body text. This section describes formatting both parts for making your tooltips more customized and informative in a way you need.


For adjusting text of the tooltip title use the titleFormat() method. This method uses function or string with tokens as a parameter and can help you to format title in any desirable way.

tooltip1.titleFormat("Manager: {%x}");



In case you need more complex content formatting there is the format() method that uses a function or a string token as a parameter. More information on adjusting text can be found in the Text Formatters article.

var tooltip = chart.tooltip();
  /* code of your function */

There are several possible ways of formatting the tooltip text: tokens, external functions and functions set as a parameter. It's better to use one of them if possible. Using tokens suit situations when you plan to serialize/deserialize your charts to/from xml or json, external functions are good when you need to do the same complex calculations in several series' (of charts' - in case you work with a dashboard) tooltips and setting function as a parameter is the best option if you need to use unique formatter just once. Remember that series tooltips inherit their settings from chart tooltips, so you need to format the text once for the chart to make all tooltips of this chart look the same.

The following sample demonstrates using tokens for formatting tooltips:

// tooltip settings
var tooltip = chart.tooltip();
tooltip.format("Manager: <b>{%x}</b>\nSales volume: <b>${%Value}</b>");


Use several formatting ways if there are some series on your chart or charts on a dashboard which tooltips need different formatting:

// set the tooltip title and text for the Column Chart
columnChart.tooltip().format("Department: {%x} \nSum: {%Value}");

// set the tooltip content
  var value = (this.value)/1000000;
  return "Total: $" + value + "M";


Note: You can find information on custom tooltips and an example of using a chart as a tooltip in the Interactivity article

Prefix and Postfix

Use valuePrefix() and valuePostfix() methods to add symbols, whole words or anything before/after tooltip content. These methods can be used to set dollar symbol as prefix ($) or degrees fahrenheit as postfix (°F).



Width and height can be also set for all tooltips at once or for the determined series. Use width() and height() to set the corresponding parameters. Don't forget to format the text of the tooltip properly to avoid text overflowing or to set the width corresponding to the maximum text length.

// set tooltip size



Tooltip background appearance can be controlled using background() method. More information about adjusting background can be found in Background tutorial.

var background = chart.tooltip().background();
background.fill("#EEE 0.8");

That is how tooltip background with the settings from above looks like:


Out of chart

In case when a tooltip is too big it may become a problem to demonstrate it within the chart bounds, you can allow the tooltip to be shown out of a chart. Set "true" to allowLeaveChart() to allow tooltips to leave the chart bounds. This method can be applied for the chart so it will affect all series simultaneously, or to series separately:

// applies to all series

// series settings override chart settings

// allow tooltips to leave the chart bounds

// forbid tooltips to leave the chart bounds


Note that series' individual tooltip settings override the chart's tooltip settings, so the chart's tooltips settings are inherited by the third series with no settings adjusted.

Also note that this method allows or forbids the tooltips to overflow not only the chart, but the element they belong to. For example, if a tooltip of a great size belongs to a Legend or a Data Grid, setting "true" to the allowLeaveChart() method will lead to this tooltip allowing to overflow that element.

Out of stage

A chart may not be the same size as its stage. Stage can be smaller or greater, so if it is necessary to allow or forbid the tooltip to be shown outside of the stage, use the allowLeaveStage() method. This method can also be applied for the chart so it will affect all series simultaneously, or to series separately:

// applies to all series

// series settings override chart settings

// adjust series tooltips


Note: that stage the chart belongs to is considered as the stage of the tooltip of this chart.

Tooltip global container


When any of the allowLeaveChart() and allowLeaveStage() get "true" as the parameter, the tooltip becomes the child element of the whole page. This may lead to a situation when the tooltip is left on the page after it has been reloaded. In this case, the only way to hide the tooltips is to call the special anychart.utils.hideTooltips() method.

Out of screen

If it is necessary to show the tooltip regardless of whether the tooltip is shown fully or not, use the allowLeaveScreen() method. Setting "true" will make tooltips of the series or chart to follow the cursor and to go beyond the screen.

// adjust series tooltips

The third series inherits the chart's defaults in this sample.



There are several methods for managing tooltips position on the chart. This section contains information on most of these methods.

AnyChart html5 charting library allows to choose should the tooltip be bound to a cursor position, hovered point or to the exact place on the chart plot. Use positionMode() method to choose a target for binding tooltip to. float parameter is the default one for this method and makes tooltip to follow the cursor. Setting point and a parameter binds tooltip to the hovered series point. Use the chart parameter for the positionMode() method to bind tooltips to a place on the chart plot.

var tooltip = chart.tooltip();

Here is a sample with the tooltip stuck to the hovered point:


Fixed Tooltip Position

You can bind tooltips to a certain point on the chart plot using chart as a value for positionMode(). The sample of such settings can be found below. You have to manage other tooltip parameters along with positionMode().

You can choose which part of the tooltip should be considered as anchor and used for position managing. anchor() method defines the main part of the tooltip for further positioning.

// tooltip settings
var tooltip = chart.tooltip();

// set tooltip anchor

Here is a sample of two series with fixed tooltip position. Tooltip settings are the same except for the the tooltip anchor.


Along with the main point for tooltip you can set the point to which the tooltip should be bound. Use position() method to set the point for tooltip to be bound to.

var tooltip1 = series1.tooltip();
var tooltip2 = series2.tooltip();

That is how the sample with the code from above looks like:


Note: You can shift tooltips position using offsetX() and offsetY() methods.

Hiding Time

In some cases you may need to display a tooltip for a couple of moments after a point is no longer hovered (mouse left a point). Use hideDelay() method to set timer to display tooltip a bit longer.

// tooltip settings
var tooltip = series.tooltip();

// set delay time in milliseconds


Tooltips can be adjusted using AnyChart Themes. Themes make it possible to set the same settings for several charts. Here is a sample of adjusting tooltips using themes:

var themeSettings = {
    // set tooltip display mode
    "tooltip": {
      "displayMode": "point"
    // series hub
      // series settings
        // tooltip settings
        "tooltip": {
          "anchor": "bottomCenter",
          "position": "topCenter",
          "offsetX": 0,
          "hideDelay": 3000,
          "fontFamily": "Menlo",
          "fontSize": 14

Settings for the tooltip in the sample below are applied using themes. Click "launch in playground" to see how settings for tooltip can be applied using AnyChart themes.


Custom Tooltip

If the built-in tooltip features are not enough - you can always create your own custom tooltip, which can contain anything, even another chart.

See Interactivity: Custom Tooltip article to learn more.

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