Creating Radar Charts in Data Studio

Creating Radar Charts in Data Studio

The radar chart (or spider web chart) is a method for displaying and comparing multiple metrics in a compact form. Each metric is plotted on its own axis, all radiating out from a central point. As the names suggest, the chart can resemble a radar display or spider web.

Radar charts can be effective for making comparisons across several measures at the same time. For example, the following chart compares Steph Curry’s ratings of popcorn at the respective arenas of the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors. You can see that the Warriors’ popcorn is rated higher for crunchiness, as the blue shape extends beyond the red shape on the Crunchiness axis. However, the Raptors’ popcorn meets or exceeds the Warriors in every other category.

Radar chart in Data Studio

Radar charts can work well for a small number of metrics (e.g. 3-6) and a small number of dimension values (e.g. 1-3). With many more metrics or dimension values, the chart can become cluttered and difficult to read. It also helps if all metrics have the same scale (e.g. in the chart above, all factors are rated from 0 to 5).

One of the biggest drawbacks to using radar charts is that the placement of metrics around the chart can be arbitrary. As a result, the shape created by joining the data points is meaningless. However, if there is a logical order or grouping given to the metrics, the “shape” of the data can provide added meaning. The following example compares the performance of three Arsenal FC players: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (forward), Granit Xhaka (midfielder), and Shkodran Mustafi (defender). The metrics have been arranged to place offensive metrics (goals and shots) to the left and defensive metrics (clearances and tackles) to the right. This produces more meaningful shapes to the radar charts:

3 radar charts in Data Studio

Google Data Studio does not have a native radar chart type, however our team at ClickInsight has built a radar chart community visualization for public use. Follow the steps below and start creating your own radar charts!

How to Create a Radar Chart in Data Studio

1. Enable community visualizations

In your data source, enable Community Visualizations access.

  • Edit your data source and enable the “Community Visualization access” toggle at the top of the screen.

2. Create a new chart

Add a custom Radar Chart from the community visualizations selector in the toolbar.

  • From the community visualizations menu, select “+ Explore More” to open the community gallery. Select “Radar Chart by ClickInsight” from the list of partner visualizations.

3. Select dimension

Select the breakdown dimension from your data source.

4. Select metrics

Select up to 6 metrics. Each metric will create an axis (or “spoke”) of the radar chart.

5. Apply filters

Unless you want to display all dimension values at the same time, add filters to include only the desired values of the breakdown dimension.

6. Configure style and formatting

In the Style tab, adjust the chart formatting as desired. Our custom radar chart supports the following style options:

  • Chart Options
    • Line Width: set width of shape outline
    • Fill Area: choose whether or not to fill the area of each shape
    • Opacity: set fill opacity, if Fill Area is enabled
  • Axis Options
    • Minimum / Maximum: manually set axis range
    • Maximum Number of Ticks: adjust number of tick marks and gridlines
    • Tick Labels: show/hide the labels on each gridline
    • Axis Labels: show/hide the metric name labels on each axis
    • Axis Lines: show/hide the axis lines
    • Gridlines: show/hide the gridlines
    • Circular Gridlines: show circular gridlines, instead of default straight lines
  • Tooltips: show/hide tooltips
  • Legend
    • Legend: show/hide legend
    • Position: change position of legend
  • Colour Palette
    • Manually set up to 10 colours; Report-level chart colour palette is used as default

To get a better idea of what’s possible, check out our radar chart demo report in Data Studio:Radar chart demo report in Data Studio

And here’s a radar chart visualization of Steph Curry’s Popcorn Rankings:

If you observe any issues or bugs with the radar chart community viz, please open an issue here.

Let us know how the radar chart works out for you!

Complete list of posts in our 2019 Data Studio series:
1. 5 More Calculated Fields for Data Studio
2. Using Drill-Down Charts in Data Studio
3. How to Schedule Email Delivery of Reports in Data Studio
4. 4 Scatterplot Hacks for Google Data Studio
5. How to Add Clickable Images in Data Studio
6. Calculating Ratios with Filtered Metrics in Data Studio
7. Using Optional Metrics in Data Studio
8. Using Conditional Formatting in Data Studio
9. Creating Ecommerce Funnels in Data Studio
10. How to Create a Slope Chart in Data Studio
11. Creating Radar Charts in Data Studio
12. Creating Stepped Line Charts in Data Studio

By |2020-01-29T10:18:53-05:00December 16th, 2019|17 Comments
Categories: Data Studio


  1. Martijn 2020-01-28 at 11:12 - Reply

    Hi! Thanks for adding this chart type to the community gallery. Looks really cool. I have some requests though… When using a dark background on the dashboard, It’s hard to visualize it properly, because not all options have configurable colors. Being able to configure the color of the text and gridlines would be very helpful. Any chance you could add these options?

    • Marc Soares 2020-01-28 at 17:21 - Reply

      Hi Martijn,

      We will definitely look into adding customization options for text and gridlines. For now, the chart should inherit the text and gridline style from the report-level theme settings.


  2. Robert 2021-01-16 at 20:35 - Reply

    Hi thanks for the chart. Are you planning to support more than 6 metrics?

    • Marc Soares 2021-01-18 at 10:07 - Reply

      Hi Robert,

      We have in fact updated the radar chart since publishing this blog post. The chart now supports up to 10 metrics.


  3. Hendra 2021-07-08 at 14:26 - Reply


    Thanks for adding this chart! It’s cool chart.
    By the way, could you please tell me on how to make the gridlines (the web lines) darker or thicker?
    The web lines is too light for my report.
    Thank you!


    • Nicole Harris 2021-07-09 at 16:08 - Reply

      Hi Hendra! We are glad that you are enjoying this chart. We’ve just updated the code so that the chart should inherit the gridline colour from the theme settings. It will likely take about 12 hours for the changes to appear. We hope that this helps!

  4. Jack Caine 2021-09-17 at 20:50 - Reply

    Very cool chart. TY!

    Is there a way to superimpose 2 sets of data on to 1 radar chart based on data from different quarters? (e.g. 2021Q1, 2021Q2, etc.)

    • Hayley Yacynuk 2021-09-22 at 09:23 - Reply

      Hi Jack,

      Data Studio allows you to superimpose several datasets by clicking on the “Blend Data” option at the very top of the Data section. This option can be found in the image below.

      Blend Data Option

      If the metrics and dimensions in the datasets are the same or compatible with each other, you should be able to generate a radar chart using data from different quarters.
      We hope this helps and answers your question. Please let us know if there is anything else you need help with!

  5. Caio 2022-01-20 at 04:40 - Reply


    I just noticed that all radar charts that I had in datastudio dashboards stopped working… I also noticed that they do not appear in the community visualizations menu anymore… Did something happen ? Are these charts going to be removed permanently ?

    • Hayley Yacynuk 2022-02-01 at 10:30 - Reply

      Hi there,

      Thank you for letting us know. Our team has resolved this issue so you should find that these charts are working again.
      Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions or concerns.

      Thank you

  6. charles 2022-01-24 at 03:54 - Reply

    Was this visualization been taken down? all my reports broke. don’t show anything.

    • Hayley Yacynuk 2022-02-01 at 10:30 - Reply

      Hi there,

      Thank you for letting us know. Our team has resolved this issue so you should find that these charts are working again.
      Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions or concerns.

      Thank you

  7. Omar Castillo 2022-01-25 at 15:41 - Reply

    @Marc how do we troubleshoot when the radar plots have been created, but they no longer show up. Error: “Visualization Resources Not Found”

    • Hayley Yacynuk 2022-02-01 at 10:31 - Reply

      Hi there,

      Thank you for your question. Our team has resolved this issue so you should find that these charts are working again.
      Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions or concerns.

      Thank you

  8. Noah V 2022-02-02 at 16:42 - Reply

    I have an issue where the color and positioning of my chart changes depending on changes in the data. For example we have Actual measurements, Goal measurements, and Low measurements. Goal is 80% and Low is 20% for all metrics. Low is red and on top, Actual is blue and second, Goal is yellow and on the bottom. If metric A changes to above 80% in the Actual the chart will switch and the Actual will turn yellow and move to the bottom, The Goal will turn blue and move to the top, and the Low will stay red and move to the middle positioning. Is there anyway to keep this from happening?

    • Hayley Yacynuk 2022-02-11 at 13:07 - Reply

      Thank you for your question,

      To answer your question properly we would need to have greater insight and information from you. If you would like to continue this conversation, please contact us directly by filling out our contact form, linked here.

      We look forward to hearing from you!

  9. Hayley Yacynuk 2022-02-04 at 09:03 - Reply

    During the time period of Jan 20th – 26th only 15% of users who visited the Radar blog, clicked on the data studio report. And of those 15% about a 1/3 of individuals commented about an issue. We investigated the issue with our team and were able to resolve the issue soon thereafter. If you come across this similar problem, we suggest you try the following steps:

    Refresh your data using the three dots in the corner of the data studio report, if this doesn’t work

    Re- add the community visualization back into the report, if this doesn’t work

    Re- add the data source back into the report

    If none of the above work feel free to leave a comment below and we can help!

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