Static visualizations are generally ample to notify stories with your facts. But from time to time you want to include interactivity, so end users can hover more than graphs to see fundamental facts or link their hover more than one particular visualization to highlighting facts in yet another. 

R has a amount of deals for producing interactive graphics like echarts4r, plotly, and highcharter. I like and use all of those people. But for uncomplicated linking of interactive graphs, it is tough to beat ggiraph.

From ggplot to ggiraph in three uncomplicated methods

There are 3 uncomplicated methods to switch ggplot code into an interactive graph:

  1. Use a ggiraph interactive geom in its place of a “regular” ggplot geom. The structure is uncomplicated to keep in mind: Just include _interactive to your typical geom. So, geom_col() for a regular bar chart would be geom_col_interactive(), geom_level() would be geom_level_interactive(), and so on. 
  2. Add at minimum one particular interactive argument to the graph’s aes() mapping: tooltip, facts_id, or onclick. That facts_id argument is what connects two graphics, allowing you hover more than one particular and influence the display of yet another one particular — all with no Shiny. 
  3. Right after producing your ggiraph dataviz object, use the girafe() operate to switch it into a JavaScript graphic. Yes, that’s girafe() like the animal but with one particular f. (That’s how you spell it in French, and the creator of ggiraph, David Gohel, lives in Paris.)

Set up the R deals

If you’d like to observe along with the code in this tutorial, you are going to need to have the ggplot2, ggiraph, dplyr, and patchwork deals from CRAN on your technique as very well as ggiraph. And, to make a map, I’ll be using Bob Rudis’s albersusa offer, which is not on CRAN. You can put in it from GitHub with 

fobs::put in_github("hrbrmstr/albersusa")


devtools::put in_github("hrbrmstr/albersusa")

Put together the facts

For facts, I’m likely to use current US Covid vaccination facts by point out offered from the Our Planet in Details GitHub repository.

In the code under, I’m loading libraries, studying in the vaccination facts, and shifting “New York State” to just “New York” in the facts body.


facts_url <- ""

all_facts <- read.csv(data_url)
all_facts$site[all_facts$site == "New York Point out"] <- "New York"

Upcoming, I make a vector of entries that aren’t US states or DC. I’ll use it to filter out that facts so my chart does not have way too several rows. 

not_states_or_dc <- c("American Samoa", "Bureau of Prisons", 
"Dept of Defense", "Federated States of Micronesia", "Guam",
"Indian Wellness Svc", "Very long Phrase Treatment", "Marshall Islands",
"Northern Mariana Islands", "Puerto Rico", "Republic of Palau",
"United States", "Veterans Wellness", "Virgin Islands")

This upcoming code block filters out the non_states_or_dc rows, chooses only the most current facts, rounds the percent vaccinated to one particular decimal level, selects only the point out and percent vaccinated columns, and renames my picked columns to Point out and PctFullyVaccinated.

bar_graph_facts_current <- all_data %>%  
filter(date == max(date), !(site %in% not_states_or_dc)) %>%
PctFullyVaccinated = round(persons_entirely_vaccinated_for each_hundred, one)
) %>%
select(Point out = site, PctFullyVaccinated)

Build a standard bar graph with ggplot2

Upcoming I’ll make a standard (static) ggplot bar chart of the facts. I use geom_col() for a bar chart, include my personal customary blue bars outlined in black and minimal theme, set the axis textual content sizing to ten factors, and flip the x and y coordinates so it is a lot easier to study the point out names. 

bar_graph <- ggplot(bar_graph_data_recent, 
aes(x = reorder(Point out, PctFullyVaccinated),
y = PctFullyVaccinated)) +
geom_col(colour = "black", fill="#0072B2", sizing = .five) +
theme_minimal() +
theme(axis.textual content=aspect_textual content(sizing = ten)) +
labs(title = "Per cent Fully Vaccinated July 2021",
subtitle = "Details from Our Planet in Details GitHub repo"
) +
ylab("") +
xlab("") +


Bar chart of state vaccination data Sharon Machlis, IDG

Bar chart of US vaccination facts by point out designed with ggplot2. Details from Our Planet in Details.

Build a tooltip column in R

ggiraph only allows me use one particular column for the tooltip display, but I want both equally point out and price in my tooltip. There is an uncomplicated alternative: Add a tooltip column to the facts body with both equally point out and price in one particular textual content string:

bar_graph_facts_current <- bar_graph_data_recent %>%
tooltip_textual content = paste0(toupper(Point out), "n",
PctFullyVaccinated, "%")

Make the bar chart interactive with ggiraph

To make a ggiraph interactive bar chart, I changed geom_col() to geom_col_interactive() and added tooltip and facts_id to the aes() mapping. I also decreased the sizing of the axis textual content, due to the fact the ggplot sizing ended up becoming way too large.

Then I displayed the interactive graph object with the girafe() operate. You can set the graph width and peak with width_svg and peak_svg arguments within girafe()

hottest_vax_graph <- ggplot(bar_graph_data_recent, 
aes(x = reorder(Point out, PctFullyVaccinated),
y = PctFullyVaccinated,
tooltip = tooltip_textual content, facts_id = Point out #<<
)) +
geom_col_interactive(colour = "black", fill="#0072B2", sizing = .five) + #<<
theme_minimal() +
theme(axis.textual content=aspect_textual content(sizing = 6)) + #<<
labs(title = "Per cent Fully Vaccinated July 2021",
subtitle = "Details from Our Planet in Details GitHub repo"
) +
ylab("") +
xlab("") +

girafe(ggobj = hottest_vax_graph, width_svg = five, peak_svg = 4)

The graph will search really identical to the ggplot model — but if you run the code by yourself or check out the video clip embedded earlier mentioned, you are going to see that you can now hover more than the bars and see fundamental facts. 

Bar chart with blue bars and one yellow bar showing a small box with state name and vaccination rate Sharon Machlis, IDG

If you hover more than a bar on a ggiraph graph, the bar is highlighted and you can see a tooltip with fundamental facts. Details from Our Planet in Details.

Just one detail that definitely will make ggiraph glow is how uncomplicated it is to link up several graphs. To demo that, of course, I’ll need to have a next visualization to link to my bar chart.

The code under results in a facts body with vaccination facts from February 14, 2021, and a ggiraph bar chart with that facts.

bar_graph_facts_early <- all_data %>%
filter(date == "2021-02-14", !(site %in% not_states_or_dc)) %>%
arrange(persons_entirely_vaccinated_for each_hundred) %>%
PctFullyVaccinated = round(persons_entirely_vaccinated_for each_hundred, one),
tooltip_textual content = paste0(toupper(site), "n", PctFullyVaccinated, "%")
) %>%
select(Point out = site, PctFullyVaccinated, tooltip_textual content)

early_vax_graph <- ggplot(bar_graph_data_early, aes(x = reorder(State, PctFullyVaccinated), y = PctFullyVaccinated, tooltip = tooltip_text, data_id = State)) +
geom_col_interactive(colour = "black", fill="#0072B2", sizing = .five) +
theme_minimal() +
theme(axis.textual content=aspect_textual content(sizing = 6)) +
labs(title = "Fully Vaccinated as of February 14, 2021",
subtitle = "Details from Our Planet in Details"
) +
ylab("") +
xlab("") +

Link interactive graphs with ggiraph

The code to link the two graphs is really very simple. Under I use the girafe() operate to say I want to print the early_vax_graph additionally the latest_vax_graph and set the canvas width and peak. I also include an possibility so when the consumer hovers, the bars switch cyan.

girafe(code = print(early_vax_graph + hottest_vax_graph), 
width_svg = 8, peak_svg = 4) %>%
girafe_choices(opts_hover(css = "fill:cyan"))

Linking the two graphs will make it uncomplicated for end users to see what took place to point out rankings amongst February and July. For instance, by hovering more than Alaska in the February graph, the bar for Alaska in the July graph also turns cyan. (Without the need of that possibility, the bars would switch the default yellow colour.)

2 bar charts side by side with bars for Alaska highlighted in both. Sharon Machlis, IDG

Hovering more than a state’s bar in one particular graph highlights that state’s bars on both equally graphs. Details from Our Planet in Details.

Link a map and bar chart with ggiraph

This idea arrives from Kyle E. Walker, who coded a demo using his tidycensus offer to make a map joined with a chart. We can do the similar with this facts and a map from scratch using the albersusa offer (despite the fact that I really endorse tidycensus if you are performing with U.S. Census facts).

Under is the code for the map. us_sf is an R very simple capabilities geospatial object designed with the albersusa::united states of america_sf() operate. point out_map creates a ggiraph map object from that us_sf object. The map code makes use of usual ggplot() syntax, but in its place of geom_sf() it makes use of geom_sf_interactive(). There are also tooltip and facts_id arguments in the aes() mapping. Lastly, the code eradicates any history or axes with theme_void().

us_sf <- usa_sf("lcc") %>%
mutate(Point out = as.character(name))

point out_map <- ggplot() +
geom_sf_interactive(facts = us_sf, sizing = .one hundred twenty five,
aes(facts_id = Point out, tooltip = Point out)) +

The upcoming code block makes use of girafe() and its ggobj argument to display both equally the map and the vax graph, joined interactively.

girafe(ggobj = point out_map + hottest_vax_graph, 
width_svg = ten, peak_svg = five) %>%
girafe_choices(opts_hover(css = "fill:cyan"))

Now if I hover more than a point out on the map, its bar “lights up” on the bar chart.

Map next to a bar chart. New York State is highlighted on both the map and bar chart. Sharon Machlis, IDG

Hover more than a point out on the map, and its corresponding bar “lights up” on the bar chart. Details from Our Planet in Details.

It can take incredibly minimal R code to make a static graphic interactive and to link two graphs together.

How to use your ggiraph facts visualizations

You can include ggiraph visualizations to an R Markdown document and make an HTML file that performs in any web browser.

You can also help you save output from the girafe() operate as an HTML widget and then help you save the widget to an HTML file using the htmlwidgets offer. For instance:  

my_widget <- girafe(ggobj = state_map + latest_vax_graph, 
width_svg = ten, peak_svg = five) %>%
girafe_choices(opts_hover(css = "fill:cyan"))

htmlwidgets::saveWidget(my_widget, "my_widget_page.html",
selfcontained = Real)

For much more on ggiraph, examine out the ggiraph offer site.

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