Visualizations and Dashboards with TIBCO Spotfire®

Last updated:
8:47am Apr 25, 2020


This is your guide to creating, configuring and interacting with standard, custom and embedded visualizations in TIBCO Spotfire®. For visualizing data on mobile devices see the TIBCO Spotfire® Mobile landing page.

Using Standard Charts

  • Basic Visualization Quick Reference Topics: Choose the Basic Visualizations section for information on: Histograms, density plots and bubble charts
  • Advanced Visualization Quick Reference Topics:Choose the Advanced Visualizations section for information on: Treemaps, pareto charts with cumulative lines and parallel coordinate plots
  • Visualization Properties Quick Reference Topics: Choose the Visualization Properties section for information on: Configuring properties & color schemes, adding images & web links
  • Interacting with data in Visualizations Quick Reference Topics: Choose the Interacting with Data section for information on: Sorting data in visualizations, rotating 3-D scatter plots
  • Marking Data Quick Reference Topics: Choose the Marking Data section for information on: Marking, tags and lists

Dashboards and Visual Design

Specific Visualization topics

Information for Specific Visualization types



Bar Charts

Line charts

The Spotfire line chart makes it very easy to visualize data over time. But there are some more advanced scenarios where some tips and tricks may be needed.

Pareto Chart

A Pareto chart is a type of chart that contains both bars and a line graph, where individual values are represented in descending order by bars, and the cumulative total is represented by the line.

Map chart

The Map chart in Spotfire is incredibly flexible and has its own section on the Spotfire wiki: read more about using the map chart here.

Gantt Chart

A Gantt chart is a graphical representation of the tasks or activities along with resources required to complete a job or project. It is used to show ranges of start and end dates of activities or tasks and the relationships between them so as to pinpoint bottlenecks and assign priorities.

Waterfall Chart

The Waterfall chart was introduced with Spotfire Cloud 3.6 and Spotfire 7.6. Waterfall charts are commonly used in financial analysis, but are useful for other use cases as well. It is useful when you need to show how different component factors contribute to a final result. Read this post to find out more about why you would use a waterfall chart. Then, explore the "how" to create a waterfall chart in Spotfire with the following tutorials:

Donut chart

There is no native donut chart in Spotfire, but its possible to create one by clever configuration of a map chart.

KPI Chart

The KPI chart provides and effective way of presenting numbers, comparative values and the status of KPIs, in mobile, web or desktop Spotfire applications. See this video or this wiki page as an introduction, and learn more in these articles:

The KPI chart was introduced in Spotfire 7.6 and further improved in Spotfire 7.7.

Custom Charts - Extending and Embedding Visualizations

Tips and Tricks with Spotfire

Recommended Courses from TIBCO Education

  • SP521 Spotfire for Analysts: Learn the fundamentals of creating analyses using Spotfire Analyst.
  • SP199 Spotfire Analyst Bootcamp: Understand the built-in features of Spotfire Analyst.
  • SP711 Individual Subscription to Spotfire Self-Paced Training: Access online materials from Spotfire Analyst, Data Scientist, and Developer courses for one year.
  • Visit the Spotfire Training website for delivery methods and additional courses.

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