Radar chart

A radar or spider or web chart is a two-dimensional chart type designed to plot one or more series of values over multiple quantitative variables. It has several downsides and should be used with care. In R, the fmsb library is the best tool to build it.

One group only | fmsb library

The fmsb package allows to build radar chart in R. Next examples explain how to format your data to build a basic version, and what are the available option to customize the chart appearance.

Several groups | fmsb library

It is totally doable to show several groups on the same spider chart, still using the fmsb package. The examples below will guide you through this process. But keep in mind that displaying more than 2 or 3 groups will result in a cluttered and unreadable figure. ( read more )


There is a lot of criticism going around spider chart. Before using it in a project, you probably want to learn more about it.

Why it's dangerous
🌐 From the web

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Note: the radar chart examples below are built with ggplot2, which is a nice addition to the fmsb examples above.

Related chart types

Spider / Radar
Circular Barplot