Bar chart race – an overview

What is it for?

Use this template to visualize the changing fortunes of people or groups in competition with each other, like political candidates, countries' populations or football teams.

How to get started

    The first thing you need is a CSV or Excel file of your data
    In your dataset, there should be a row for each participant in the race – like each candidate or each football team. The first column should contain the name of each participant, and each of the subsequent columns should represent a “stage” of the race – like a specific date, week or year. Keep in mind that the data has to be cumulative.

    Name Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
    Lance Armstrong 0 4 7
    Chris Hoyle 0 3
    Once you've input your data, you should be able to see a preview of your chart in the bottom right corner. If you don't see a preview, you might have to change some of the column settings under "Select columns to visualise". Make sure that you add all the columns containing values relevant to your bar chart race to the "Values" setting. You can read more about column settings and adding your own data to a template here.
    Switch to the Preview tab to tweak the styles of your chart