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Getting Started with SciChart Android


Getting Started with SciChart Android

Make yourself a coffee and let’s get started with SciChart Android!

Ok, so you’ve chosen the SciChart charting library. Great! Now what?

Check out this Quickest of the QuickStart Guide below which shows you how to open the Examples Suite and see what SciChart Android can do.

01 Downloading the SciChart Android SDK

There are a few ways you can get the SciChart – download a Source Code version or SDK zip package from our website or reference it via Maven, for more details on this please visit our Tutorials Page.

Note that SciChart Android libraries are hosted on a private Maven feed. Make sure you add the SciChart Maven Feed to your Gradle files.

We have also created a 5 minute video showing you how to compile the Android examples and showcase and get them running on your device.

02 Learning by Example – The Examples Suite

In case you have downloaded SciChart from our Download page you will find a rich examples suite with over 60+ examples, including full-text search, source-code exports and more. You can find out more at the SciChart Android Examples Suite page.


We also have a full walkthrough of setting up a developer environment and using the Examples Suite in the Android SciChart Documentation.

To demonstrate the power of SciChart, we have also created an application called Showcase Demo which aims to show what you can achieve with SciChart. Both Source-Version and SDK archive contains Examples Suite and Showcase Demo.

03 Learning by Tutorial

We know how it might be frustrating when you spend hours trying to create some simple thing. With this idea in our minds we have created a Tutorials set, which covers following stuff:

Each Tutorial has an appropriate Android Studio project which you can find in SciChart Android GitHub Repository.

04 Where is the Source Code

In case you’ve downloaded the SciChart library via Maven, you still have an ability to download the Examples Suite as well as Showcase Demo just cloning our GitHub repository. You will find a lot of useful information which can help you to start using SciChart in the best way. Examples Suite is a powerful demo application which contains more than 60 examples, some of them are listed below:

05 Viewing and Exporting Example

android-show-source-codeIf that’s not enough, our Examples Suite also allows you to not only view the source code for individual examples but also to export an example to a stand-alone Android Studio project!

You can find out how to export a single example from our page Using the SciChart Android Examples App.


06 I just want to build a Simple Line Chart

Ok, so check out our tutorial How to Create a Chart. It will walk you through the basics, including setting up a SciChartSurface, setting up X and Y Axes.

Or, if you want something quicker, take a look at The Android Line Chart Example, which shows how to add a single line series with some XY data to the chart.


07 Where is Documentation

During the development process is good to have a place where you can go and get everything you need to know about technology or library you use. In our case this is our online Documentation with a set of Tutorials. It also has a reference to SciChart Android API with all properties and methods declared and commented!

08 Great, but I Have a Question about …

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We believe you will not find better-supported chart controls than SciChart!

If you have a question, please feel free to ask at our Forums page. This is a Q&A forum page where we aim to answer all queries promptly.

But if you have specific sales or technical question, you can Contact us anytime and one of our staff will get back to you. We aim to answer all requests within 1-business day.

During your trial of SciChart Android we will gladly answer your technical questions about the chart. After the trial expires, you may purchase a support subscription to maintain access to our 5-star priority support.

Thanks, and enjoy!

By Andrew Burnett-Thompson | Jun 16, 2016
CEO / Founder of SciChart. Masters (MEng) and PhD in Electronics & Signal Processing.Follow me on LinkedIn for more SciChart content, or twitter at @drandrewbt.

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