Building a Geo Chart

This tutorial covers how to create a geo chart on your dashboard. Before you start creating a geo charts, prepare your data and logical data model for use with geo charts. For more information, see Setting up Data for Geo Charts.

Geo charts are visually compelling heat maps that visualize your data broken down by geographic region across an actual map. Regional boundaries such as country, state, and county are supported.

Metric values are visualized as color shades along a spectrum. You can also hover your mouse over a particular region for the precise values and region labels.

  • To pan across your geo chart, click and drag anywhere on the map.
  • Use the Zoom In (double-click or [+]) or Zoom Out ([-]) controls to review a new perspective on your data, which makes the geo chart an ideal mechanism for exploring regional information.
  • Select different layers in the chart’s drop-down to change the granularity of the regional breakdown.


  1. While on your dashboard in edit mode, click the Widget menu on the top, and click Geo chart. An empty geo chart with the configuration dialog opens.
  2. Under Data:
    1. Select a metric of interest. You can select only one metric to display on a geo chart.
    2. Determine the color to represent this metric’s values.
    3. From the list of available layers, select the ones to make visible in the geo chart. Layers represent the regional attributes that you have in your workspace (see Setting up Data for Geo Charts). While you can add more than one layer to your geo chart, you can have only one displayed at a time, and you can switch among multiple layers using the drop-down on the geo chart.
    4. Drag the layers to alter the order in which they appear in the dashboard. The first listed layer is the default layer.
  3. Under Style, toggle the display of the map and legend. You can also choose background preferences for the legend: transparent or opaque (white).
  4. Under Filters, configure (select and un-select) the dashboard filters that affect your geo chart.
  5. Under Arrange, configure the display of the widget when it overlaps another dashboard object.
  6. Click Apply to save changes in the geo chart.
  7. Click Save to save the dashboard.