I have finally figured out that the X axis values should be epoch time values. Then, using the code from the examples I was able to show a proper time scale.

I still have a problem because I would like to show the tick marks on weeks on the X axis. However, setting timeUnit to 'week' causes JavaScript errors. It works with other time units though.


None of this worked for me. What worked with angularjs was:

'x' : d3.time.format.iso.parse(date).getTime(), 'y' : 10


Additional to Lars' reply, I found by default Rickshaw is calling

 .toUTCString(x.value*1000) //(just ctrl+F to find where =) ). 

In my case, I saw different time label on X between Graphite and Rickshaw for this reason, and it works beautifully once I changed it to


Plus, you may need modify this in two places : Rickshaw.Graph.Axis.Time and the ...HoverDetails


I've just started using Rickshaw and was in the exact situation.

But, before I go any further, Rickshaw documentation is virtually nonexistent which is very upsetting because the performance of Rickshaw compared to other JS graphing libraries is outstanding.

The best way to find examples is to dig into the source code and example code on their github page try to make sense of things (not the way documentation should be).

That being said, let's try and build a strong base of questions/answers here on StackOverflow!

So, back to the question :) It looks like you've already found your own solution to the question, but I'll provide my solution as well.

Rather than using Rickshaw.Graph.Axis.Time, I've used Rickshaw.Graph.Axis.X and set the tickFormat accordingly.

var data = [ { x: TIME_SINCE_EPOCH_IN_SECONDS, y: VALUE }, 

var xAxis = new Rickshaw.Graph.Axis.X({
  graph: graph,
  tickFormat: function(x){
                return new Date(x * 1000).toLocaleTimeString();

toLocaleTimeString() can be any of the Javascript date functions, such as toLocaleString(), toLocaleDateString(), toTimeString(), or toUTCString(). Obviously, because the tickFormat takes a function as an argument one can supply their own formatter.

Koliber, I'd be interested to understand your answer if you could provide more detail as well.

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