Amazon QuickSight
User Guide

Using Donut Charts

Use donut charts to compare values for items in a dimension. The best use for this type of chart is to show a percentage of a total amount.

Each wedge in a donut chart represents one value in a dimension. The size of the wedge represents the proportion of the value for the selected measure that the item represents compared to the whole for the dimension. Donut charts are best when precision isn't important and there are few items in the dimension.

The following screenshot shows an example of a donut chart.

To learn how to use donut charts in Amazon QuickSight, you can watch this video:

To create a donut chart, use one dimension in the Group/Color field well. With only one field, the chart displays the division of values by row count. To display the division of dimension values by a metric value, you can add a metric field to the Value field well.

Donut charts show up to 20 data points for group/color. For more information about how we handle data that falls outside display limits, see Display Limits in Visuals.

The icon for a donut chart is as follows:

Donut Chart Features

Use the following table to understand the features supported by donut charts.

Feature Supported? Comments For More Information
Changing the legend display Yes Customizing the Visual Legend
Changing the title display Yes Customizing a Visual Title
Changing the axis range Not applicable Changing the Visual Scale with the Axis Range
Changing the visual colors Yes Changing Visual Colors in Amazon QuickSight
Focusing on or excluding elements Yes, with exceptions You can focus on or exclude a wedge in a donut chart, except when you are using a date field as a dimension. In that case, you can only focus on a wedge, not exclude it.

Focusing on Visual Elements

Excluding Visual Elements

Sorting Yes You can sort on the field you choose for the value or the group/color. Sorting Visual Data in Amazon QuickSight
Field aggregation Yes You must apply aggregation to the field you choose for the value, and can't apply aggregation to the field you choose for group/color. Changing Field Aggregation
Adding drill-downs Yes You can add drill-down levels to the Group/Color field well. Adding Drill-Downs to Visual Data in Amazon QuickSight
Size Yes You can choose how thick the donut chart is: small, medium, and large. Formatting a Visual in Amazon QuickSight
Show total Yes You can choose to display or hide the aggregate of the Value field. By default, this displays the total count of the Group/Color field, or the total sum of the Value field. Formatting a Visual in Amazon QuickSight

Create a Donut Chart

Use the following procedure to create a donut chart.

  1. On the analysis page, choose Visualize on the tool bar.

  2. Choose Add on the application bar, and then choose Add visual.

  3. On the Visual types pane, choose the donut chart icon.

  4. From the Fields list pane, drag the fields that you want to use to the appropriate field wells. Typically, you want to use dimension or measure fields as indicated by the target field well. If you choose to use a dimension field as a measure, the Count aggregate function is automatically applied to it to create a numeric value.

    To create a donut chart, drag a dimension to the Group/Color field well. Optionally, drag a measure to the Value field well.

  5. (Optional) Add drill-down layers by dragging one or more additional fields to the Group/Color field well. For more information about adding drill-downs, see Adding Drill-Downs to Visual Data in Amazon QuickSight.