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Programming language: Objective-C
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BEMSimpleLineGraph makes it easy to create and customize line graphs for iOS.

BEMSimpleLineGraph is a charting library that makes it easy to create beautiful line graphs for iOS. It is easy to set-up and to use in any iOS Project. It's focused on highly customizable and interactive line graphs. Plus, it is lightweight and can be integrated in minutes (maybe even seconds).

BEMSimpleLineGraph's implementation, data source, and delegate are all modeled off of UITableView and UICollectionView. If you're familiar with using a UITableView, UITableViewController, or UICollectionView, using BEMSimpleLineGraph should be a breeze!

The full documentation of the project is available on its wiki.

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Project Details

Learn more about the BEMSimpleLineGraph project requirements, licensing, and contributions.


See the full article on the wiki here.

  • Requires iOS 7 or later. The sample project is optimized for iOS 8.
  • Requires Automatic Reference Counting (ARC).
  • Optimized for ARM64 Architecture

Requires Xcode 6 for use in any iOS Project. Requires a minimum of iOS 7.0 as the deployment target.

Current Build Target Earliest Supported Build Target Earliest Compatible Build Target
iOS 8.0 iOS 7.0 iOS 6.1
Xcode 6.3 Xcode 6.1.1 Xcode 6.0
LLVM 6.1 LLVM 6.1 LLVM 5.0

Supported means that the library has been tested with this version. Compatible means that the library should work on this OS version (i.e. it doesn't rely on any unavailable SDK features) but is no longer being tested for compatibility and may require tweaking or bug fixes to run correctly.


See the License. You are free to make changes and use this in either personal or commercial projects. Attribution is not required, but it is appreciated. A little Thanks! (or something to that affect) would be much appreciated. If you use BEMSimpleLineGraph in your app, let us know.


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Sample App

The iOS Sample App included with this project demonstrates how to correctly setup and use BEMSimpleLineGraph. You can refer to the sample app for an understanding of how to use and setup BEMSimpleLineGraph.

Apps Using This Project

Dozens of production apps available on the iOS App Store use BEMSimpleLineGraph. You can view a full list of the known App Store apps using this project on the wiki, read their descriptions, get links, pricing, featured status, and screenshots of graph usage.

Add your BEMSimpleLineGraph app to the wiki page for a chance to get showcased in the Readme and / or the wiki. We can't wait to see what you create with BEMSimpleLineGraph.

Getting Started

See the full article on the wiki here.

BEMSimpleLineGraph can be added to any project (big or small) in a matter of minutes (maybe even seconds if you're super speedy). CocoaPods is fully supported, and so are all the latest technologies (eg. ARC, Storyboards, Interface Builder Attributes, Modules, and more).


The easiest way to install BEMSimpleLineGraph is to use CocoaPods. To do so, simply add the following line to your Podfile: pod 'BEMSimpleLineGraph'

The other way to install BEMSimpleLineGraph, is to drag and drop the Classes folder into your Xcode project. When you do so, check the "Copy items into destination group's folder" box.

Swift Projects

To use BEMSimpleLineGraph in a Swift project add the following to your bridging header:

#import "BEMSimpleLineGraphView.h"


Setting up BEMSimpleLineGraph in your project is simple. If you're familiar with UITableView, then **BEMSimpleLineGraph **should be a breeze. Follow the steps below to get everything up and running.

  1. Import "BEMSimpleLineGraphView.h" to the header of your view controller:

     #import "BEMSimpleLineGraphView.h"
  2. Implement the BEMSimpleLineGraphDelegate and BEMSimpleLineGraphDataSource in the same view controller:

     @interface YourViewController : UIViewController <BEMSimpleLineGraphDataSource, BEMSimpleLineGraphDelegate>
  3. BEMSimpleLineGraphView can be initialized in one of two ways. You can either add it directly to your interface (storyboard file) OR through code. Both ways provide the same initialization, just different ways to do the same thing. Use the method that makes sense for your app or project.

    Interface Initialization
    1 - Add a UIView to your UIViewController
    2 - Change the class type of the UIView to BEMSimpleLineGraphView
    3 - Link the view to your code using an IBOutlet. You can set the property to weak and nonatomic.
    4 - Select the BEMSimpleLineGraphView in your interface. Connect the dataSource property and then the delegate property to your ViewController.
    5 - Select the BEMSimpleLineGraphView and open the Attributes Inspector. Most of the line graph's customizable properties can easily be set from the Attributes Inspector. The Sample App demonstrates this capability. Note that graph data will not be loaded in Interface Builder.

    Code Initialization
    Just add the following code to your implementation (usually the viewDidLoad method).

     BEMSimpleLineGraphView *myGraph = [[BEMSimpleLineGraphView alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0, 0, 320, 200)];
     myGraph.dataSource = self;
     myGraph.delegate = self;
     [self.view addSubview:myGraph];
  4. Implement the two required data source methods: numberOfPointsInLineGraph: and lineGraph:valueForPointAtIndex:. See documentation below for more information


The essential parts of BEMSimpleLineGraph are documented below. For full documentation, see the wiki. Documentation is available directly within Xcode (just Option-Click any method for Quick Help).

Required Delegate / Data Source Methods

Number of Points in Graph
Returns the number of points in the line graph. The line graph gets the value returned by this method from its data source and caches it.

- (NSInteger)numberOfPointsInLineGraph:(BEMSimpleLineGraphView *)graph {
        return X; // Number of points in the graph.

Value for Point at Index
Informs the position of each point on the Y-Axis at a given index. This method is called for every point specified in the numberOfPointsInLineGraph: method. The parameter index is the position from left to right of the point on the X-Axis:

- (CGFloat)lineGraph:(BEMSimpleLineGraphView *)graph valueForPointAtIndex:(NSInteger)index {
        return …; // The value of the point on the Y-Axis for the index.

Reloading the Data Source

Similar to a UITableView's reloadData method, BEMSimpleLineGraph has a reloadGraph method. Call this method to reload all the data that is used to construct the graph, including points, axis, index arrays, colors, alphas, and so on. Calling this method will cause the line graph to call layoutSubviews on itself. The line graph will also call all of its data source and delegate methods again (to get the updated data).

- (void)anyMethodInYourOwnController {
    // Change graph properties
    // Update data source / arrays

    // Reload the graph
    [self.myGraph reloadGraph];

Interactive Graph

BEMSimpleLineGraph can react to the user touching the graph by two different ways: Popup Reporting and Touch Reporting.

On this example, both Popup Reporting and Touch Reporting are activated.

Bezier Curves

BEMSimpleLineGraph can be drawn with curved lines instead of directly connecting the dots with straight lines.
To do so, set the property enableBezierCurve to YES.

self.myGraph.enableBezierCurve = YES;


BEMSimpleLineGraphs can be customized by using various properties. A multitude of properties let you control the animation, colors, and alpha of the graph. Many of these properties can be set from Interface Build and the Attributes Inspector, others must be set in code.


To contribute to BEMSimpleLineGraph please see the CONTRIBUTING.md file, which lays out exactly how you can contribute to this project.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the BEMSimpleLineGraph README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.