Radar Chart in SSRS

Radar Chart in SSRS is handy to visualize the numeric data. We can call the SSRS Radar Charts as the Line Charts where X-axis values wrapped in 360 degrees.

In this article, we will show you how to create a Radar Chart in SSRS, How to change its Title, Radar Chart Font style, Chart Model, and Display Data Labels on Radar Chart in SSRS or SQL Reporting Services with an example.

For this SSRS radar chart example, we write the Custom SQL query:

-- SQL Query that we use in SSRS Radar Chart
SELECT Cat.[EnglishProductCategoryName] AS ProductCategory, 
       SubCat.[EnglishProductSubcategoryName] AS ProductSubCategory, 
       Prod.EnglishProductName AS ProductName, 
FROM FactInternetSales AS Fact
   INNER JOIN DimProduct AS Prod
      ON Fact.ProductKey = Prod.ProductKey
   INNER JOIN DimProductSubcategory AS SubCat
      ON Prod.ProductSubcategoryKey = SubCat.ProductSubcategoryKey 
   INNER JOIN DimProductCategory AS Cat 
      ON SubCat.ProductCategoryKey = Cat.ProductCategoryKey

and the SQL Data that it’s going to return is:

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Create a Radar Chart in SSRS

In this example, we are going to create a Radar Chart to display the Sales Amount grouped by product Color in 30 degrees. The below screenshot will show you the Data Source and Dataset we used for this SSRS Radar Chart Report.

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In the SSRS report design, we can add a Radar Chart by dragging the Chart property from the Toolbox to Design space. Or right-click on the report designer to open the context menu. From the context menu, please select the Insert -> Chart option.

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Once you select the Chart option, a new window called Select Chart Type will open to select the required chart from the available once. For this example, we are selecting a Radar Chart.

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Once you click on the OK button, the Radar Chart will display in the design region with dummy data.

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Click on the empty space around the SSRS Radar Chart will open the Chart Data window

  • Values: Any Numeric (Metric) value such as Total Sales, Sale amount, Number of Customers, Tax etc. All these values will be aggregated using an aggregate function (Sum, Avg, Count etc). It is because we are grouping them with the category group items.
  • Category Group: Please specify the Column name that you want to use to divide the axis.
  • Series Group: Specify the Dimension here. It further groups the individual category
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As we said before, In this example, we will create a Radar Chart to find the sales amount by Color. So, Drag and drop the sales amount column from data set to chart data values, Product Color to category group.

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Click the Preview button to see the report preview.

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If you observe the above screenshot, It is providing a perfect result, but we are unable to identify the exact sales amount of each Color. So, let us add the Data Labels.

Format Radar Chart in SSRS

The following list of examples will show you the steps involved in formatting the Radar Chart in SSRS

Add Data Labels to Radar Chart

Right-click on the Radar Chart, and select the Show Data Labels option from the context menu to show the values

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Next, let me format the Font of Data Labels. To do so, Please select the Data labels, and right-click on it will open the context menu. Here, please select the Series Label Properties option from it.

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Here we are changing the font to Baskerville Old Face, font size to 11pt, Color to dark green, and font-weight to Bold

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Under the Number tab, we changed the default number to Currency with 0 precision.

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Click the preview to see the report preview

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Change Axis properties of a Radar Bar Chart in SSRS

Right-click on the Axis of a Radar Bar Chart, and select the Radial Axis Properties.. option from the context menu to format the Axis values.

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Here we changed the Font style and font size of the Radial Axis.

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Change SSRS Radar Chart Title

To change a Radar Chart title, Please select the Chart title region, and change the title as per your requirement. OR, right-click on it will open the context menu. Please select the Title properties.. option.

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Here we are changing the title as the Radar Chart Example because the report is displaying the same

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Format Radar Chart Title Font

Within the Font tab, we can change the Font Size, Font Family, Font Style, and Color of a Radar Chart Title. Here we are changing the Font to Baskerville Old Face, Font size to 14pt, and color to Indigo, and style to Bold as shown in below screenshot

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Click OK to close the properties window, and click on the preview tab to see the report preview

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Different Radar Charts in SSRS

Let me add the product category to Series group section

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Click on the SSRS Radar Chart preview tab to see the report preview

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Here, we just added one more metric (or numeric) column to values section

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Click on the preview tab to see the report

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SSRS allows us to change the chart type even after creating a Radar Chart. To do so First, select the Radar Chart, and right-click on it will open the context menu. Please select the Change Chart Type… option it

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Once you select the Change Chart Type… option, it will open a new window called Select Chart Type to select the change. Here we are selecting the 3-D Radar Chart

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Click on the preview tab to view the Radar Chart preview

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From the above screenshot, you can observe that we successfully changed the Chart Type from 2D Radar Chart to 3D Radar chart in SSRS