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Using Highcharts with Bower

Demonstrate the process of installing and packaging Highcharts with bower.



Bower is a package manager for web components that may contain HTML, CSS, JavaScript, fonts or even image files.

HighCharts is one of the leading Javascript charting packages.

Now dance!


Install Bower

Requires npm, then install bower globally:

npm install -g bower

Highcharts Installation

bower install highcharts

Or to install and add highcharts to bower.json

bower install highcharts --save

Installing from bower.json

With bower.json prepared, install all the dependencies (including highcharts)

bower install

Compiling for Distribution

The highcharts sources installed in bower_components are not actually checked-in the repo or included in the distribution. While you could do that, the approach I’ll use here is to compile javascript dependencies for distribution.

For that I’ll use grunt with the grunt-bower-concat to generate app/compiled.js.

Install npm dependencies:

npm install -g grunt
npm install -g grunt-cli
npm install # from package.json

Then compile the bower components:

$ cat
module.exports = (grunt)->

    pkg: grunt.file.readJSON('package.json'),
    bower_concat: {
      all: {
        dest: 'app/compiled.js',
        bowerOptions: {
          relative: false


  grunt.registerTask('default', ['bower_concat'])

$ grunt
Running "bower_concat:all" (bower_concat) task
File app/compiled.js created.



The example in example.html is an adaptation of the HighCharts ‘First Chart’ example.

Or run the demo live from GitHub Pages.

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