SB Chart block


Use the Chart block ( oik-sb/chart ) to display a chart.


  • Line chart – Gutenberg theme colors
  • Bar chart – Chart theme colors
  • Horizontal bar chart – Tertiary theme colors
  • Pie chart – Visualizer theme colors
  • Chart type toolbar selection


This plugin provides 1 block.

  • Chart Displays a chart for CSV content.


  1. Upload the plugin files to the /wp-content/plugins/sb-chart-block directory, or install the plugin through the WordPress plugins screen directly.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ screen in WordPress

OR with the authority to install plugins

  1. In the block editor, open the block inserter.
  2. Search for the block by typing ‘Chart’.
  3. Click on the ‘Add block’ button for the SB Chart block.
  4. The SB Chart block plugin will be installed and activated.
  5. And the block will be inserted into your content.


What types of chart can I display?

So far…

  • Line and stacked line, with optional fill
  • Bar and stacked bar
  • Horizontal bar and stacked horizontal bar
  • Pie

How do I choose the chart colors?

There are 6 predefined color palettes:
choose the color palette from a drop down list.

Use the Background color overrides and border color overrides fields to set custom color values.

What options are there?

Options to control the chart display are:

  • Stacked – Toggle on to stack line or bar charts
  • Begin Y axis at 0 toggle
  • Fill toggle for line charts
  • Time line toggle for a date based axis, with selectable Time unit (stepSize)
  • Y-axes for multi axis charts
  • Color palette dropdown
  • Background color overrides. Enter comma separated hex codes.
  • Border color overrides. Enter comma separated hex codes.
  • Opacity – set the opacity of the background colours.
  • Height of the chart, in pixels
  • Bar thickness in pixels
  • Tension – for curved line charts
  • Legend font size
  • X-axis font size

What Chart script does it use?

v1.2.6 delivers chartjs v4.4.2
and chartjs-adapter-date-fns v3.0.0

What do I need to search for to find the block?

Chart or SB Chart

What if my first language is not English?

If your first language is not English then you could try:

  • French – graphique
  • German – Diagramm
  • Dutch – grafiek
  • Italian – grafico
  • Spanish – gráfico

Do I need to build this block?

No. The plugin is delivered with the production version of the block.
If you do wish to modify the code then you can find instructions in the src folder.

Are there shortcodes available?

Charts can be embedded with the shortcode chartjs. The general syntax is as follows:

[chartjs attribute="attribute value"]CSV content[/chartjs]

Several attributes can be added at the same time. Example:

[chartjs attribute1="attribute1 value" attribute2="attribute2 value"]CSV content[/chartjs]

Here’s the list of supported attributes:

  • backgroundColors (string): list of custom background colors (separated by comma) to use for datasets. For example, if there are 3 datasets (d1, d2 and d3) and we want d1 to use the color #0000FF, d2 to use #FFFF00 and d3 to use #008000, the value of the attribute must be #0000FF,#FFFF00,#008000. If some colors are missing (ex.: #0000FF,,#008000), default colors from the theme (set with the attribute theme) are used as fallback (#0000FF,second theme color,#008000); default is no custom colors used
  • barThickness (int): thickness (in pixels) of a bar in bar charts; default is the default Chart.js thickness
  • beginYAxisAt0 (bool): make sure the Y axis begins at 0; default is false
  • borderColors (string): list of custom border colors (separated by comma) to use for datasets. See the description of the attribute backgroundColors for more details; default is the value of the attribute backgroundColors
  • class (string): class or classes to be added to the chart container; default is an empty string
  • fill (bool): fill the area under the line; default is false
  • height (int): chart height (in pixels); default is the default Chart.js height
  • indexAxis (string): axis to use as index; choices are x, y; note that y is automatically used for horizontal bar charts; default is x
  • max (float): maximum value for Y axes; default is no maximum value
  • opacity (float): opacity to apply to the lines or bars; it must be between 0 and 1; default is 0.8
  • showLine (bool): show (draw) lines; default is true
  • stacked (bool): enable stacking for line/bar charts; default is false
  • tension (float): add Bezier curve tension to lines; when set to 0, lines are straight; default is 0
  • theme (string): theme used for the chart colors; choices are Chart, Gutenberg, Rainbow, Tertiary, Visualizer, WordPress; default is Chart
  • time (bool): add support for time line on the X axis; default is false
  • timeUnit (string): time unit to use if time line is enabled; choices are year, quarter, month, week, day, hour, minute, second, millisecond; default is hour
  • type (string): type of chart; choices are bar, horizontalbar, line, pie; default is line
  • yAxes (string): list of Y axes to which the datasets are bound. It allows to enable multi-axis charts. For example, if there are 3 datasets (d1, d2 and d3) and we want d1 to use the first Y axis, and d2 and d3 to use the second Y axis, the attribute value must be y,y1,y1; default is an empty string, so multi-axis feature is disabled and all datasets are automatically bound to the first (and only) Y axis y

Here’s a fully functional example:

[chartjs backgroundColors="#008000" fill="true" opacity="0.35" tension="0.2" theme="Visualizer" time="true" timeUnit="month" yAxes="y,y1"]Year,Sales,Expenses

Here’s the result:

Are there hooks available for developers?

The following filter hooks are available:

  • sb_chart_block_content: filter allowing to manipulate the content before it’s processed
  • sb_chart_block_options: filter allowing to add custom Chart.js options

For example, to customize the legend, use the sb_chart_block_options filter in your functions.php theme file as follows:


function customize_legend($options, $atts, $series) {
$custom_options = to_array($options);

$custom_options['plugins']['legend']['labels']['font']['size'] = 16;
$custom_options['plugins']['legend']['labels']['color'] = '#0000FF';

return json_decode(json_encode($custom_options));

add_filter(‘sb_chart_block_options’, ‘customize_legend’, 10, 3);

function to_array($data) {
$array = [];

if (is_array($data) || is_object($data)) {
    foreach ($data as $key => $value) {
        $array[$key] = (is_array($value) || is_object($value)) ? to_array($value) : $value;
} else {
    $array[] = $data;

return $array;


Here’s another way (without array conversion):


function customize_legend($options, $atts, $series) {
if (!isset($options->plugins)) $options->plugins = new stdClass();
if (!isset($options->plugins->legend)) $options->plugins->legend = new stdClass();
if (!isset($options->plugins->legend->labels)) $options->plugins->legend->labels = new stdClass();
if (!isset($options->plugins->legend->labels->font)) $options->plugins->legend->labels->font = new stdClass();

$options->plugins->legend->labels->font->size = 16;
$options->plugins->legend->labels->color = '#0000FF';

return $options;

add_filter(‘sb_chart_block_options’, ‘customize_legend’, 10, 3);


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  • Changed: Update wp-script and chart.js #35
  • Tested: With WordPress 6.5.3 and WordPress Multisite
  • Tested: With PHP 8.3
  • Tested: With PHPUnit 9.6