Zoom Line Example

The example shows how to create your own custom zooming effect with QRubberBand by using a mouse and how to use touch gestures for paning and zooming.

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Customizing Zooming Effects

Let's first create a line series with some example data.

    QLineSeries *series = new QLineSeries();
    for (int i = 0; i < 500; i++) {
        QPointF p((qreal) i, qSin(M_PI / 50 * i) * 100);
        p.ry() += QRandomGenerator::global()->bounded(20);
        *series << p;

Then we create a custom chart view by deriving from QChartView:

class ChartView : public QChartView

We override mouse and key event handling

    bool viewportEvent(QEvent *event);
    void mousePressEvent(QMouseEvent *event);
    void mouseMoveEvent(QMouseEvent *event);
    void mouseReleaseEvent(QMouseEvent *event);
    void keyPressEvent(QKeyEvent *event);

Then we implement a custom logic for mouse and key events. For example pressing the '+' key will zoom in and pressing the '-' key will zoom out.

void ChartView::keyPressEvent(QKeyEvent *event)
    switch (event->key()) {
    case Qt::Key_Plus:
    case Qt::Key_Minus:

We also create our own QChart:

class Chart : public QChart

Where we can handle the gestures:

bool Chart::sceneEvent(QEvent *event)
    if (event->type() == QEvent::Gesture)
        return gestureEvent(static_cast<QGestureEvent *>(event));
    return QChart::event(event);

bool Chart::gestureEvent(QGestureEvent *event)
    if (QGesture *gesture = event->gesture(Qt::PanGesture)) {
        QPanGesture *pan = static_cast<QPanGesture *>(gesture);
        QChart::scroll(-(pan->delta().x()), pan->delta().y());

    if (QGesture *gesture = event->gesture(Qt::PinchGesture)) {
        QPinchGesture *pinch = static_cast<QPinchGesture *>(gesture);
        if (pinch->changeFlags() & QPinchGesture::ScaleFactorChanged)

    return true;

Note that you will need to call grabGesture() to both QMainWindow and QChart.


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