How can I add a label above just the last bar in a Chart.JS bar chart?

I am creating a bar chart like so:

var ctxForecastChart = $("#forecastLineChart").get(0).getContext("2d");
var forecastChartData = {
    labels: [
        "Total Sales"
    datasets: [
        label: "8/28/2016 - 9/3/2016",
        backgroundColor: "rgba(255,0,0,0.75)",
        hoverBackgroundColor: "rgba(255,0,0,1)",
        data: [240]
        label: "9/25/2016 - 10/2/2016",
        backgroundColor: "rgba(255,153,0,0.75)",
        hoverBackgroundColor: "rgba(255,153,0,1)",
        data: [272]
        label: "9/18/2016 - 9/24/2016",
        backgroundColor: "rgba(255,255,0,0.75)",
        hoverBackgroundColor: "rgba(255,255,0,1)",
        data: [250]
        label: "9/4/2016 - 9/10/2016",
        backgroundColor: "rgba(0,255,0,0.75)",
        hoverBackgroundColor: "rgba(0,255,0,1)",
        data: [232]
        label: "9/11/2016 - 9/17/2016",
        backgroundColor: "rgba(0,0,255,0.75)",
        hoverBackgroundColor: "rgba(0,0,255,1)",
        data: [244]

var forecastOptions = {
    tooltips: {
        enabled: true

var forecastBarChart = new Chart(ctxForecastChart,
    type: 'bar',
    data: forecastChartData,
    options: forecastOptions

This looks like so:

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What I want to do is to add a label above the last bar (the blue one) with a percentage difference between the previous/4th one and that one. In this case, the value should be "+5.2%" so that it looks like this:

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I reckon this will require the registring of an afterDraw() event, but the nitty-gritty of how it should look is beyond me.


If I add this to the proposed code:

if ( !== 2) return; // affect this one only

In context:

afterDraw: function (chartInstance) {
    if ( !== 2) return; // affect this one only
    // We get the canvas context
    var ctx = chartInstance.chart.ctx;

...the results are a little better than without it (which mangles my first (pie) chart and completely obliterates the next two (including the one being discussed here):

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As you can see, the pie chart is still hosed, and the values in the two bar charts are shrunken down as if a cannibalistic tribe has perpetrated its inicuous tricks on them. And, there is no value added atop the final bar.



First, you were right thinking about using the afterDraw event with a plugin and I understand it can be quite a mess to find what we really want in all the data and options.

Yet, follows a plugin that will help you do what you are looking for :

var myPlugin = {
    afterDraw: function(chartInstance) {
        // We get the canvas context
        var ctx = chartInstance.chart.ctx;

        // And set all the properties we need
        ctx.font = Chart.helpers.fontString(14, 'bold',;
        ctx.textAlign = 'center';
        ctx.textBaseline = 'bottom';
        ctx.fillStyle = '#666';

        // We get the number of datasets we have in your chart
        var numOfDatasets =;

        // For every dataset in our chart ... {

            // If it is not the last dataset, we return now (no action at all)
            if (dataset._meta[0].controller.index != numOfDatasets - 1) return;

            // For every data in the dataset ...
            for (var i = 0; i <; i++) {

                // We get the previous dataset (to compare later)
                var previousDataset =[dataset._meta[0].controller.index - 1];
                // And get the model of the current value
                var model = dataset._meta[Object.keys(dataset._meta)[0]].data[i]._model;

                // We calculate the percentage difference with the previous
                var value = (([i] -[i]) /[i]) * 100;

                // And write it with a "%" symbol
                // The ternary adds a "+" symbol if it is a positive value
                ctx.fillText((value > 0 ? "+" : "") + value.toFixed(1) + "%", model.x, model.y);


You can see this code working on this jsFiddle and here is its result :

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