Android Drawing Pie Chart using AChartEngine

October 21, 2012

In this article, we will create an Android application which plots a pie chart using AChartEngine library.

An extension to this article is available in the article titled “Android Pie Chart with click event in a Custom XML Layout using AChartEngine

This application is developed in Eclipse (4.2.0) with ADT Plugin (20.0.3) and Android SDK (R20.0.3).

1. Create an Android application project namely “AChartEnginePieChart”

Create a new Android Application Project namely "AChartEnginePieChart"

Figure 1 : Create a new Android Application Project namely "AChartEnginePieChart"

2. Design an application launcher icon

Design an application launcher icon

Figure 2 : Design an application launcher icon

3. Create a blank activity to define the class MainActivity

Create a blank activity

Figure 3 : Create a blank activity

4. Enter MainActivity details

Enter MainActivity Details

Figure 4 : Enter MainActivity Details

5. Delete Android Support Library from this project, if exists

By default Eclipse ( 4.2.0) adds Android Support Library to  Android application project. For this application, we don’t need to use this support library. So the library file libs/android-support-v4.jar may be removed manually via ProjectExplorer by simply right click on the file and then clicking the menu item “delete”.

6. Download the latest version of AChartEngine library ( jar file ) from here

7. Copy the downloaded library file to “libs” directory of the project

8. Update the file res/values/strings.xml

    <string name="app_name">AChartEnginePieChart</string>
    <string name="hello_world">Hello world!</string>
    <string name="menu_settings">Settings</string>
    <string name="title_activity_main">Pie Chart Demo</string>
    <string name="str_btn_chart">Pie Chart</string>

9. Update the layout of the MainActivity in the file res/layout/activity_main.xml

<RelativeLayout xmlns:android=""
    android:layout_height="match_parent" >

        android:text="@string/str_btn_chart" />


10. Update the file res/values/styles.xml

    <style name="AppTheme" parent="android:Theme" />

11. Update the file res/values-v11/styles.xml

    <style name="AppTheme" parent="android:Theme" />

12. Update the file res/values-v14/styles.xml

    <style name="AppTheme" parent="android:Theme.Holo" />

13. Update the class MainActivity in the file src/in/wptrafficanalyzer/achartenginepiechart/

package in.wptrafficanalyzer.achartenginepiechart;

import org.achartengine.ChartFactory;
import org.achartengine.GraphicalView;
import org.achartengine.model.CategorySeries;
import org.achartengine.renderer.DefaultRenderer;
import org.achartengine.renderer.SimpleSeriesRenderer;

import android.content.Intent;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.Menu;
import android.view.View;
import android.view.View.OnClickListener;
import android.widget.Button;

public class MainActivity extends Activity {

    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

        // Getting reference to the button btn_chart
        Button btnChart = (Button) findViewById(;

        // Defining click event listener for the button btn_chart
        OnClickListener clickListener = new OnClickListener() {

            public void onClick(View v) {
                // Draw the Income vs Expense Chart

        // Setting event click listener for the button btn_chart of the MainActivity layout

    private void openChart(){

        // Pie Chart Section Names
        String[] code = new String[] {
            "Eclair & Older", "Froyo", "Gingerbread", "Honeycomb",
            "IceCream Sandwich", "Jelly Bean"

        // Pie Chart Section Value
        double[] distribution = { 3.9, 12.9, 55.8, 1.9, 23.7, 1.8 } ;

        // Color of each Pie Chart Sections
        int[] colors = { Color.BLUE, Color.MAGENTA, Color.GREEN, Color.CYAN, Color.RED,
                        Color.YELLOW };

        // Instantiating CategorySeries to plot Pie Chart
        CategorySeries distributionSeries = new CategorySeries(" Android version distribution as on October 1, 2012");
        for(int i=0 ;i < distribution.length;i++){
            // Adding a slice with its values and name to the Pie Chart
            distributionSeries.add(code[i], distribution[i]);

        // Instantiating a renderer for the Pie Chart
        DefaultRenderer defaultRenderer  = new DefaultRenderer();
        for(int i = 0 ;i<distribution.length;i++){
            SimpleSeriesRenderer seriesRenderer = new SimpleSeriesRenderer();
            // Adding a renderer for a slice

        defaultRenderer.setChartTitle("Android version distribution as on October 1, 2012 ");

        // Creating an intent to plot bar chart using dataset and multipleRenderer
        Intent intent = ChartFactory.getPieChartIntent(getBaseContext(), distributionSeries , defaultRenderer, "AChartEnginePieChartDemo");

        // Start Activity


    public boolean onCreateOptionsMenu(Menu menu) {
        getMenuInflater().inflate(, menu);
       return true;

14. Update the file AndroidManifest.xml

<manifest xmlns:android=""
    android:versionName="1.0" >

        android:targetSdkVersion="15" />

        android:theme="@style/AppTheme" >
            android:label="@string/title_activity_main" >
                <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
                <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
        <activity android:name="org.achartengine.GraphicalActivity" />

15. Run the application

A Pie Chart using AChartEngine Library

Figure 5 : A Pie Chart using AChartEngine Library

16. Download

17. Reference

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24 Responses to Android Drawing Pie Chart using AChartEngine

  1. Rajkiran Bande on October 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Awesome tutorial man. This is just like spoonfeeding. :P Hats off!!

    • george on October 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm


    • vivek on March 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Excellent!!!! thanks for this code.. can we show percentage along with “%” sign

    • r on January 8, 2015 at 2:13 pm


    • manick on July 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Hi, can you please tell me how to set a border color this pie chart?

    • manick on July 9, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Hi, can you please tell me how to set a border color to this pie chart?

    • Srikanth on February 25, 2016 at 11:22 am

      How to dispplat tect on Piechart Slice

  2. July on January 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Excellent !!!!! very useful !!!!

  3. Sanat on January 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Greate , very simple than other :)

  4. Dude on February 7, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Great tnx!, is it possible to show the values for each slice?

  5. Abhiraj on April 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    How to make the pie chart clickable.. I want to start new activity on click of pie chart wedges…

  6. A on May 29, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    After i run the code once,and when i again try to run it the pie chart is directly displayed and not the main activity?why is dat? and how to fix it?

  7. s on June 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Hii george,is it possible to change the position of the legends?

  8. anu on February 16, 2014 at 5:20 am

    How to change the colors in pie chart to gradient colors depending on the values?

  9. Irfan Ali on March 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    nice………..lot of Thanks

  10. Stone on March 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I want to show the lables on the bottom,and show the values on the pie chart。How to do it?

  11. Stone on March 31, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    I add the”seriesRenderer.setDisplayChartValues(true);” in the app ,but it’s not work! I’m in trouble……

    • krunal patel on April 14, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      bro i think you are using the older version of achartengine.
      try to get the new one. version1.1.0

  12. fazil on September 22, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    How to Control zoom in and Zoom out

  13. Favas on March 23, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Excellent work

  14. Naveen on March 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    double[] distribution = { 3.9, 12.9, 55.8, 1.9, 23.7, 1.8 } ;

    suppose instead of that if i have the value for that array like

    double[] distribution = { 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 } ;

    I want to show the pie chart graph there that showing zero value for each can i do this.Or can i simply so that pie chart graph having some default background color.

  15. jithin gopal on August 11, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    How to change the color of the indicator of the pie chart?

  16. mahesh on December 15, 2015 at 10:27 am


  17. Manoj on April 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    how could we change label that are below customized

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