New to Chartio? We know documentation can be a bit daunting, so we’ve highlighted some topics to help you get started.
Access to Chartio
Connect to data
Chartio is a data visualization tool, so the first step would be to find some data. To add data to your Chartio account, navigate to the Data Source tab from the top navigation bar. From there you can:
- Connect your database to Chartio. Chartio will need read-only access to your database. You can find more information in our instructions for connecting a data source.
- Connect a Google Sheet or upload a CSV file from your computer. If you aren’t quite ready to connect your database, you can start to leverage Chartio to gain insights from those spreadsheets on your local machine.
- Use our demo data sources to start learning Chartio. The value of Chartio is best realized when visualizing your own data, but the demo sources are a quick way to get started.
- Use the data sources to which you’ve been granted access. If you are joining an existing Chartio account, there is a good chance that your data is already connected. If all data sources are listed as unauthorized in the Data tab, you may need to reach out to an Owner on your Chartio account to be granted the proper permissions.
Open Visual SQL
Once you have some data, it’s time to get started! There are several ways to open Visual SQL, Chartio’s chart builder interface, to create charts in Chartio. For this guide, we’ll access it from the top navigation bar by clicking the Explore tab. You can access this tab from any page within Chartio to quickly analyze data without the need to save it to a specific dashboard.
Create a chart
Chartio’s Visual SQL interface makes it easy to get up and running quickly and start getting insights from your data. This guide will walk you through the steps to create your first chart. No SQL knowledge required.
Save results to a dashboard
Charts and tables in Chartio are organized on dashboards, which can be easily created, updated, and shared. When you’ve finished creating your chart, click Save to Dashboard in the upper right of the screen and you’ll be provided options to save your chart to an existing dashboard or create a new dashboard.
Share with colleagues
Don’t keep it a secret! Chartio has several options to share your work:
- Add colleagues to your Chartio organization.
- Create a scheduled email report of your dashboard to be emailed to recipients of your choice, regardless of whether they are a Chartio user.
- Share your charts in your Slack channels.
Create a Chart
Once your data is brought into Chartio, you can easily start creating charts by simply adding the columns you want from your data source. We’ll start with a quick example to calculate the total amount of users over time using our Document Demo Data Source.
Creating a basic chart
From the top navigation, click Explore to open Visual SQL.
The other path to Visual SQL is through an existing dashboard. From the Dashboards page in the top navigation, click New Dashboard or select an existing dashboard. From the dashboard sidebar, click Add Chart.
Select your data source from the top-left dropdown.
Click +Add Column to select a column from your data source.
For each added column, select how it will be displayed (aggregated, grouped, etc.) from its Aggregation menu in the Result Table.
- Click Run Query.
Change chart type (optional).
To add a chart title and customize the chart, click the Paintbrush icon to the right of the Save to Dashboard button to change Chart Settings (optional).
- Click Save to Dashboard and choose a Dashboard from the pop-up or create a new one.
Visual SQL Pipeline and Actions
The initial Query Action is where you build your query, selecting and modifying the data you wish to visualize.
Other Actions in the Pipeline
If you need to make any changes to your query results before you put them into a chart, adding other Visual SQL Actions to the Pipeline can be incredibly useful. Filter or group your data, add calculated columns, and more.
To view a list of available Actions and instructions for how to add them, see our Visual SQL Actions documentation.
Chartio offers many useful chart types. Some chart types require specific column formatting and data types. To view our chart types and the format required for each, please see our Chart Types documentation.
If you’d like to make a chart with data from multiple tables in a database, you’ll need foreign keys in your schema. Foreign keys tell Chartio how to combine multiple tables together in one query. When building your query, you’ll know if foreign keys are not set up when a table you want to use is disabled in Visual Mode.
Chartio’s Drilldown functionality allows you to click an area on a chart to update a Dashboard Control value. The Dashboard Control then updates any charts connected to it.
We want to ensure you have everything you need to be successful in Chartio. If you ever get stuck or have any questions, we offer plenty of support channels and resources to help you get the answers you need:
|Docs & FAQs||Our Documentation is our written repository of product guides–organized by topic. We cover the specifics you need to know about product functionality. Each topic category also contains an FAQs folder with supplemental articles highlighting great tips and how-to instructions for frequently asked questions.|
|Videos||Our videos are often embedded in our Help documents to provide an additional resource and examples of utilizing different areas of Chartio. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel and find all of our videos indexed there.|
|Webinars||Chartio has a variety of webinars available. Feel free to sign up on our site.|
|In-app chat||If you have a quick question while working in Chartio, leverage the chat button in the lower right-hand corner to reach us during our business hours, usually, 7 am to 5 pm Pacific time Monday through Friday.|
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|Working sessions||If you would like to schedule some time to work together with one of our Customer Success team members, you can sign up for a Working Session to work through your questions together.|
|Office hours||If you’re based in the Bay Area or in town for a few days, come visit Chartio’s San Francisco office during our office hours. Simply sign up for a time slot to go over questions, your account, or anything else you’d like to discuss. Office hours are held every Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm Pacific time.|