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This improper cutoff was raised as issue#622 in the Github repository for ChartJS.

This was determined to be a bug (evidently this bug hasn't yet been fixed)

In response to that issue, Robert Turrall has a solution which he says is a good workaround. Here is his proposed fix:

I'm sure that this is due to the fact that the tooltips are generated within the confines of the canvas, making it difficult to fix.

I had the same issue on my doughnut chart and solved it by implementing custom tooltips as per the example on the samples folder - worked in conjunction with my existing tooltip fontsize and template settings in the chart initialisation code:

var myDoughnutChart = new Chart(donut).Doughnut(donutdata, {
  tooltipFontSize: 10,
  tooltipTemplate: "<%if (label){%><%=label%>: <%}%><%= value %>hrs",
  percentageInnerCutout : 70

Check out samples/pie-customTooltips.html for the custom tooltip code. Copy/paste and it worked straight away. Very happy!

Tooltip displayed well outside the bounds of the canvas:

PS: there's a line chart example too, which I'm guessing will work fine with bar charts.


Interestingly, by the setting the tooltipCaretSize option to 0 solves the issue.
{ tooltipCaretSize: 0, ... }


In my case, I was able to work around this issue by reducing the amount of text in the tooltip. I did so using custom tooltip callbacks to specify the label text. My initialization looked like this:

var chart = new Chart(canvas.getContext("2d"), {
    type: 'line',
    data: chartData,
    options: {
        responsive: true,
        tooltips: {
            callbacks: {
                title: function(tooltipItems, data) {
                    return tooltipItems[0].xLabel;
                label: function(tooltipItems, data) {
                    return tooltipItems.yLabel;

There appears to be a fix available that hasn't yet been merged into the project:


It seems like Chart.js can't figure out which direction to show the tooltip because it can't detect the size of the tooltip element when it extends beyond the canvas.

In my scenario I fixed it by squeezing the text inside this particular tooltip closer with these options for the tooltip options object:

        tooltips.titleMarginBottom = 1;
        tooltips.bodySpacing = 1;
        tooltips.yPadding = 2;

Wierdly enough Chart.js then correctly decides to show the tooltip to the left of the mouse and not below. Would be cool if you could choose which direction the tooltip appears compared to the mouse.


I found a workaround for this. I have blank labels on my x axis, so I just added a label with several spaces in it for the last label entry. That caused ChartJS to leave enough space for the label to fit, which also leaves enough room for the tooltip to fit.

In addition, I have large circles for my data points and the last one on the right was getting clipped before. Adding the extra space to the label also fixed that.

Here is the code where I create my labels. The ratings is my actual data defined earlier:

// Add blank labels and "Today"
for (i=0; i<ratings.length; i++) {
labels[ratings.length-1] = "       ";

var data = {
  labels: labels,
  datasets: [
          label: "Progress",
          strokeColor: "rgba(255,165,0,1.0)",
          pointColor: "white",
          pointStrokeColor: "rgba(255,165,0,1.0)",
          pointHighlightStroke: "#B87700",
          data: ratings

Even if you have actual labels on your graph, you could add spaces to your last label to make it bigger. If you are centering your label, you could add the same amount of space before and after.

Obviously there will be limits where this will or won't work for you, but for my case I added 7 spaces and all looks good now.

Also, my case had an issue on the right side, whereas this question has an issue with the left side. The same fix should work, but putting the space on the first label.


You can add internal padding to the chart. For instance in my case I had a cut of tooltips on the right.

                    options: {
                    responsive: true,
                    maintainAspectRatio: false,
                    cutoutPercentage: 60,
                    legend: {
                        display: false
                    animation: {
                        animateRotate: false
                    layout: {
                        padding: {
                            right: 40

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