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Tutorial 06b - Adding Realtime Updates with MVVM

Adding Realtime Updates in MVVM

Source code for this tutorial can be found at our SciChart.WPF.Examples Github Repository under Tutorials section.

Realtime updates in MVVM are a doddle. Now that you've bound your SciChartSurface to a ViewModel, all you need to do is manipulate the XyDataSeries in the ViewModel and the chart will automatically udpate.

We're going to do this properly and add a new class to provide values. This class will 'simulate' an external service or dataprovider to add updates to the chart.

Create a new class called DummyDataProvider and add the following code:

DummyDataProvider: A service to provide dummy data values in realtime
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using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Windows.Threading;
namespace SciChart.Mvvm.Tutorial
    public interface IDataProvider
        XyValues GetHistoricalData();
        void SubscribeUpdates(Action<XyValues> onDataUpdated);
    public struct XyValues
        public IList<double> XValues;
        public IList<double> YValues;
    public class DummyDataProvider : IDataProvider
        private readonly Random _random = new Random();
        private double _last;
        private readonly double _bias = 0.01;
        private int _i = 0;
        public XyValues GetHistoricalData()
            const int initialDataCount = 1000;
            return GenerateRandomWalk(initialDataCount);
        public void SubscribeUpdates(Action<XyValues> onDataUpdated)
            // Don't do this in design mode! Or you will get an Out of memory exception in XAML Designer
            bool designMode = (LicenseManager.UsageMode == LicenseUsageMode.Designtime);
            if (designMode) return;
            // Subcribes to updates and pushes to viewmodels
            DispatcherTimer timer = new DispatcherTimer(DispatcherPriority.Render);
            timer.Interval = TimeSpan.FromMilliseconds(20);
            timer.Tick += (s, e) =>
                var xyValues = GenerateRandomWalk(10);
        private XyValues GenerateRandomWalk(int count)
            XyValues values = new XyValues()
                XValues = new List<double>(),
                YValues = new List<double>(),
            for (int i = 0; i < count; i++)
                double next = _last + (_random.NextDouble() - 0.5 + _bias);
                _last = next;
            return values;

 Next, we're going to use this when we instantiate our MainViewModel. In MainViewModel.cs add the following parameter to the ChartViewModel constructor:

You will need to modify your ChartViewModel constructor to use the new DataProvider service as well:

Modify ChartViewModel.cs
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public MainViewModel()
    var dummyDataProvider = new DummyDataProvider();
    var lineData = new XyDataSeries<double, double>() { SeriesName = "TestingSeries" };
    _renderableSeries = new ObservableCollection<IRenderableSeriesViewModel>();
    RenderableSeries.Add(new LineRenderableSeriesViewModel()
        StrokeThickness = 2,
        Stroke = Colors.SteelBlue,
        DataSeries = lineData,
        StyleKey = "LineSeriesStyle"
    // Append the initial values to the chart
    var initialDataValues = dummyDataProvider.GetHistoricalData();
    lineData.Append(initialDataValues.XValues, initialDataValues.YValues);
    // Subscribe to future updates
    dummyDataProvider.SubscribeUpdates((newValues) =>
        // Append when new values arrive
        lineData.Append(newValues.XValues, newValues.YValues);
        // Zoom the chart to fit

Now run the application. You should see your chart updating in real-time!