10 CSS Snippets for Creating Simple Bar Graphs


If you’re searching for simple CSS bar graphs for your web projects, look no further! This collection is chock-full of free, open-source bar charts, all created with CSS.

Many of these charts have added CSS animations and gradient effects that give them an extra punch. However, you’ll also find a few that take things a step further, by repositioning, resizing, and restyling the data.

This makes this collection perfect for frontend developers looking to add a sleek, stylish bar graph UI to their projects.

This collection of CSS bar graphs is a fantastic resource for any frontend developer looking to create visually appealing, data-driven designs. With so many options, finding a chart that will fit seamlessly into your project’s aesthetic is easy.

1. Data Charts

In this set you’ll find a few charts that are beautifully designed and very well executed. Developer Kris Olszewski focused mostly on the UX for these bar graphs along with the top of each bar sharing raw data(placeholder numbers in this case).

Naturally, the whole thing runs on CSS, which is certainly impressive. It features templates for vertical and horizontal bars and tiered bars where you can change the background color based on certain values.

Easily one of my favorite sets out there because it offers so much variety for developers to pick up and customize.

2. Pokemon Bar Graph

Can’t say this design would be particularly useful in a real-world layout but it sure is impressive.

These Pokemon-styled bars offer a creative graph design for the web. Each bar relies on a certain color scheme along with vector elements for the eyes of individual Pokemon.

Each one features a hover animation effect, so you can even restyle this to fit whatever transitions you want. And if you want to change these creatures into other animals, you can follow this same template with altered colors.

3. Animated Graph

Bar graphs are used to display visual data for easy consumption. This means both visual items and raw data should be included.

That’s one thing I really like about this graph using percentage labels along the top of each bar. It doesn’t feature a legend or any X/Y labels, but these wouldn’t be tough to add.

I think the most impressive part is how the entire thing runs through CSS. The animations and the percentage text both appear because of CSS properties. Crazy stuff!

4. Minimalist Chart

Simple and easy to use best describes the minimalist craze sweeping the web. Minimalism is often the best choice for responsive websites or simpler layouts that don’t require heavy color schemes.

And with this bar chart, you can restyle data to fit any light color you want.

It uses arbitrary background rows to indicate measurements, and you can even add labels on the Y-axis to clarify the data.

5. Pure CSS Color Bars

CSS gradients add a lot to the web and this bar graph is just one more example of gradients in action.

Each bar uses classic web 2.0 gradients which can feel a bit old-school yet they look fantastic. The entire design works on Sass code and uses variables to set the animation delay, bar sizes, and total graph height.

To edit the colors, you’ll need to work through the Sass/SCSS or use CodePen to compile into raw CSS. But it’s not an overly complex graph, so this shouldn’t be much trouble.

6. Staggered Horizontal Bars

Linear animations are some of my favorites because they grab attention fast. In this pen you’ll see an example of linear animation with each bar loading into view one after another.

It’s designed horizontally, so the bars load across the screen and include labels inside the bar graphic. This way, the total “skill level” measurement follows the X-axis and leaves room to add more skills vertically.

One of the cleaner bar graphs I’ve seen and it can work splendidly on any skill-based portfolio website.

7. Responsive Bar Graph

Every modern website really should be responsive to accommodate all devices. But some elements are tougher to responsi-fy than others.

Tabs, large tables, and graphs are all complex examples. This responsive graph does an excellent job handling smaller screens. It doesn’t rearrange much beyond the total size and space between the bars.

On smaller screens, the bar items can feel cramped and almost impossible to read. But for the most part, this responsive style is fantastic and the perfect substitute for static graphs.

8. Daily CSS Graph

Developers like to test their skills with challenges like Daily CSS. This pulls images of UI designs each day and asks developers to recreate them in HTML/CSS.

You’ll find a lot of these on CodePen, and this graph is one pristine example.

It’s designed with simplicity and clean animation effects attached to each bar. Not to mention it follows a monochrome color scheme that can easily adapt to any website.

9. Vinventory Chart

Another cool Daily CSS example is this vineyard inventory chart created using CSS and some crafty HTML skills.

It’s a pretty unique idea and even more impressive that it runs solely through CSS. I’m most impressed by the actual design of the graph and how it renders perfectly in the browser.

Granted, this also wouldn’t work on most websites, but it’s a testament to what’s possible in modern CSS.

10. CSS-Only Horizontal Skills

You’ll find plenty of skill-measuring bar graphs online but this one by Jed Trow is a real treat.

It’s designed to be fully responsive, and it works flawlessly on any screen. You can resize this bar graph down to 320px for smartphones, and it’ll still hold its consistency.

Plus, this pen includes a small tutorial section below the demo where you can see all the source code and how it works. Of course, you can also just copy/paste from CodePen’s IDE, but it’s nice to see a developer break down their process.

All of these graphs offer something unique but they also share one thing in common: an amazing use of pure CSS code.

You might also like: 10 Open-Source JavaScript Data Chart Libraries Worth Considering.

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