At work, I’ve had a task to implement a Gantt chart diagram to show dependencies and order of some… let’s say, milestones.
Given this feature is in a very unstable beta in Google Charts, I thought to myself: “Why don’t I implement it on my own?” .
And tried to recall my D3 knowledge.

I’ve also found a minimalistic, but helpful example / screenshot of some Gantt chart implementation:

The challenges I’ve faced were:

order milestones on a timeline
scale milestones to fit in a viewport
create pretty connection lines
center text inside each milestone
And since D3 is a data-driven library, I’ve used map/reduce where possible.

Here’s how the result looked like:

The full implementation code is under the cut.

var createGanttChart = function ( placeholder , data , {
itemHeight ,
svgOptions
}) {
// prepare data
let minStartDate , maxEndDate ;
let margin = ( svgOptions && svgOptions . margin ) || {
top : itemHeight * 2 ,
left : itemHeight * 2
};
let scaleWidth = (( svgOptions && svgOptions . width ) || 600 );
let scaleHeight = Math . max (( svgOptions && svgOptions . height ) || 200 , data . length * itemHeight * 2 );
scaleWidth -= margin . left * 2 ;
scaleHeight -= margin . top * 2 ;
let svgWidth = scaleWidth + ( margin . left * 2 );
let svgHeight = scaleHeight + ( margin . top * 2 );
let fontSize = ( svgOptions && svgOptions . fontSize ) || 12 ;
data = data . map ( function ( e ) {
if (( ! e . startDate || ! e . endDate ) && ! e . duration ) {
throw new Exception ( 'Wrong element format: should contain either startDate and duration, or endDate and duration or startDate and endDate' );
}
if ( e . startDate )
e . startDate = moment ( e . startDate );
if ( e . endDate )
e . endDate = moment ( e . endDate );
if ( e . startDate && ! e . endDate && e . duration ) {
e . endDate = moment ( e . startDate );
e . endDate . add ( e . duration [ 0 ], e . duration [ 1 ]);
}
if ( ! e . startDate && e . endDate && e . duration ) {
e . startDate = moment ( e . endDate );
e . startDate . subtract ( e . duration [ 0 ], e . duration [ 1 ]);
}
if ( ! minStartDate || e . startDate . isBefore ( minStartDate )) minStartDate = moment ( e . startDate );
if ( ! minStartDate || e . endDate . isBefore ( minStartDate )) minStartDate = moment ( e . endDate );
if ( ! maxEndDate || e . endDate . isAfter ( maxEndDate )) maxEndDate = moment ( e . endDate );
if ( ! maxEndDate || e . startDate . isAfter ( maxEndDate )) maxEndDate = moment ( e . startDate );
if ( ! e . dependsOn )
e . dependsOn = [];
return e ;
});
// add some padding to axes
minStartDate . subtract ( 2 , 'days' );
maxEndDate . add ( 2 , 'days' );
let dataCache = data . reduce ( function ( acc , e ) {
acc [ e . id ] = e ;
return acc ;
}, {});
let fillParents = function ( eltId , result ) {
dataCache [ eltId ]. dependsOn . forEach ( function ( parentId ) {
if ( ! result [ parentId ])
result [ parentId ] = [];
if ( result [ parentId ]. indexOf ( eltId ) < 0 )
result [ parentId ]. push ( eltId );
fillParents ( parentId , result );
});
};
let childrenCache = data . reduce ( function ( acc , e ) {
if ( ! acc [ e . id ])
acc [ e . id ] = [];
fillParents ( e . id , acc );
return acc ;
}, {});
data = data . sort ( function ( e1 , e2 ) {
if ( childrenCache [ e1 . id ] && childrenCache [ e2 . id ] && childrenCache [ e1 . id ]. length > childrenCache [ e2 . id ]. length )
// if (moment(e1.endDate).isBefore(moment(e2.endDate)))
return - 1 ;
else
return 1 ;
});
// create container element
let svg = d3 . select ( placeholder ). append ( 'svg' ). attr ( 'width' , svgWidth ). attr ( 'height' , svgHeight );
const xScale = d3 . scaleTime ()
. domain ([ minStartDate . toDate (), maxEndDate . toDate ()])
. range ([ 0 , scaleWidth ]);
const xAxis = d3 . axisBottom ( xScale );
const g1 = svg . append ( 'g' ). attr ( 'transform' , `translate( ${ margin . left } , ${ margin . top } )` );
const linesContainer = g1 . append ( 'g' ). attr ( 'transform' , `translate(0, ${ margin . top } )` );
const barsContainer = g1 . append ( 'g' ). attr ( 'transform' , `translate(0, ${ margin . top } )` );
g1 . append ( 'g' ). call ( xAxis );
let rectangleData = data . map ( function ( d , i ) {
let x = xScale ( d . startDate . toDate ());
let xEnd = xScale ( d . endDate . toDate ());
let y = i * itemHeight * 1.5 ;
let width = xEnd - x ;
let height = itemHeight ;
let label = d . label ;
let charWidth = ( width / fontSize );
let dependsOn = d . dependsOn ;
let id = d . id ;
let tooltip = d . label ;
let singleCharWidth = fontSize * 0.5 ;
let singleCharHeight = fontSize * 0.45 ;
if ( label . length > charWidth ) {
label = label . split ( '' ). slice ( 0 , charWidth - 3 ). join ( '' ) + '...' ;
}
let labelX = x + (( width / 2 ) - (( label . length / 2 ) * singleCharWidth ));
let labelY = y + (( height / 2 ) + ( singleCharHeight ));
return {
x ,
y ,
xEnd ,
width ,
height ,
id ,
dependsOn ,
label ,
labelX ,
labelY ,
tooltip
};
});
// create axes
let bars = barsContainer
. selectAll ( 'g' )
. data ( rectangleData )
. enter ()
. append ( 'g' );
// prepare dependencies polyline data
let cachedData = rectangleData . reduce (( acc , e ) => {
acc [ e . id ] = e ;
return acc ;
}, {});
let cachedIds = rectangleData . map ( e => e . id );
let storedConnections = rectangleData . reduce (( acc , e ) => { acc [ e . id ] = 0 ; return acc }, {});
let polylineData = rectangleData . reduce ( function ( acc , d ) {
return acc . concat (
d . dependsOn
. map ( parentId => cachedData [ parentId ])
. map ( function ( parent ) {
let points = [],
color = '#' + ( Math . max ( 0.1 , Math . min ( 0.9 , Math . random ())) * 0xFFF << 0 ). toString ( 16 );
storedConnections [ parent . id ] ++ ;
storedConnections [ d . id ] ++ ;
let deltaParentConnections = storedConnections [ parent . id ] * ( itemHeight / 4 );
let deltaChildConnections = storedConnections [ d . id ] * ( itemHeight / 4 );
if ( true ) { // cachedIds.indexOf(parent.id) < cachedIds.indexOf(d.id)) {
// if parent is right above the current bar - put four points at different heights
points = [
d . x , ( d . y + ( itemHeight / 2 )),
d . x - deltaChildConnections , ( d . y + ( itemHeight / 2 )),
d . x - deltaChildConnections , ( d . y - ( itemHeight * 0.25 )),
parent . xEnd + deltaParentConnections , ( d . y - ( itemHeight * 0.25 )),
parent . xEnd + deltaParentConnections , ( parent . y + ( itemHeight / 2 )),
parent . xEnd , ( parent . y + ( itemHeight / 2 ))
];
} else {
// otherwise - use three points
points = [
d . x , ( d . y + ( itemHeight / 2 )),
d . x - deltaChildConnections , ( d . y + ( itemHeight / 2 )),
parent . xEnd + deltaParentConnections , ( d . y + ( itemHeight / 2 )),
parent . xEnd + deltaParentConnections , ( parent . y + ( itemHeight / 2 )),
parent . xEnd , ( parent . y + ( itemHeight / 2 ))
];
}
return {
points : points . join ( ',' ),
color : color
};
})
);
}, []);
let lines = linesContainer
. selectAll ( 'polyline' )
. data ( polylineData )
. enter ()
. append ( 'polyline' )
. style ( 'fill' , 'none' )
. style ( 'stroke' , d => d . color )
. attr ( 'points' , d => d . points );
bars
. append ( 'rect' )
. attr ( 'rx' , itemHeight / 2 )
. attr ( 'ry' , itemHeight / 2 )
. attr ( 'x' , d => d . x )
. attr ( 'y' , d => d . y )
. attr ( 'width' , d => d . width )
. attr ( 'height' , d => d . height )
. style ( 'fill' , '#ddd' )
. style ( 'stroke' , 'black' );
bars
. append ( 'text' )
. style ( 'stroke' , 'black' )
. attr ( 'x' , d => d . labelX )
. attr ( 'y' , d => d . labelY )
. text ( d => d . label );
bars
. append ( 'title' )
. text ( d => d . tooltip );
};

And here’s the usage example:

var data = [{
startDate : '2017-02-27' ,
endDate : '2017-03-04' ,
label : 'milestone 01' ,
id : 'm01' ,
dependsOn : []
}, {
startDate : '2017-02-23' ,
endDate : '2017-03-01' ,
label : 'milestone 01' ,
id : 'm06' ,
dependsOn : [ 'm01' ]
}, {
duration : [ 7 , 'days' ],
endDate : '2017-03-24' ,
label : 'milestone 02' ,
id : 'm02' ,
dependsOn : [ 'm04' ]
}, {
startDate : '2017-02-27' ,
duration : [ 12 , 'days' ],
label : 'milestone 03' ,
id : 'm03' ,
dependsOn : [ 'm01' ]
}, {
endDate : '2017-03-17' ,
duration : [ 5 , 'days' ],
label : 'milestone 04' ,
id : 'm04' ,
dependsOn : [ 'm01' ]
}];
createGanttChart ( document . querySelector ( 'body' ), data , {
itemHeight : 20 ,
svgOptions : {
width : 1200 ,
height : 400 ,
fontSize : 12
}
});