Embedding Vega-Lite

Fork our Vega-Lite Block if you want to quickly publish a Vega-Lite visualization on the web.

The easiest way to use Vega-Lite on your own web page is with Vega-Embed, a library we built to make the process as painless as possible.

Get Vega-Lite and other dependencies

To embed a Vega-Lite specification on your web page first load the required libraries. You can get Vega, Vega-Lite, and Vega-Embed via a CDN, NPM, or manually download them.


For production deployments you will likely want to serve your own files or use a content delivery network (CDN). Vega-Lite releases are hosted on jsDelivr:

<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/vega@5.28.0"></script>
<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/vega-lite@5.18.0"></script>
<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/vega-embed@6.24.0"></script>

If you want to automatically use the latest versions of Vega-Lite, Vega, and Vega-Embed, you can specify only the major version.

<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/vega@5"></script>
<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/vega-lite@5"></script>
<script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/vega-embed@6"></script>


If you prefer to host the dependencies yourself, we suggest that you use npm to install the libraries (Vega, Vega-Lite, and Vega-Embed) to get the latest stable version. To install with npm, simply install it as you would any other npm module.

npm install vega
npm install vega-lite
npm install vega-embed

You can learn more about NPM on the official website.


Alternatively, you can download the latest Vega-Lite release and add it to your project manually. In this case, you will also have to download Vega, and Vega-Embed.

Start using Vega-Lite with Vega-Embed

The next step after getting the libraries is to create a DOM element that the visualization will be attached to.

<div id="vis"></div>

Then use Vega-Embed’s provided function to embed your spec.

// More argument info at https://github.com/vega/vega-embed
vegaEmbed('#vis', yourVlSpec);

Vega-Embed automatically adds links to export an image, view the source, and open the specification in the online editor. These links can be individually disabled. For more information, read the Vega-Embed documentation.

Here is the final HTML file in the easiest way to embed Vega-Lite (assuming that you use the CDN approach from above). See the output in your browser.

<!doctype html>
    <title>Embedding Vega-Lite</title>
    <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/vega@5.28.0"></script>
    <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/vega-lite@5.18.0"></script>
    <script src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/vega-embed@6.24.0"></script>
    <div id="vis"></div>

    <script type="text/javascript">
      var yourVlSpec = {
        $schema: 'https://vega.github.io/schema/vega-lite/v5.json',
        description: 'A simple bar chart with embedded data.',
        data: {
          values: [
            {a: 'A', b: 28},
            {a: 'B', b: 55},
            {a: 'C', b: 43},
            {a: 'D', b: 91},
            {a: 'E', b: 81},
            {a: 'F', b: 53},
            {a: 'G', b: 19},
            {a: 'H', b: 87},
            {a: 'I', b: 52}
        mark: 'bar',
        encoding: {
          x: {field: 'a', type: 'ordinal'},
          y: {field: 'b', type: 'quantitative'}
      vegaEmbed('#vis', yourVlSpec);