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Use SwiftUI views as points in scatter plot

When using PointMark we can customise the symbol with either symbol() or symbol(by:) modifiers. All symbols, even custom symbols conforming to ChartSymbolShape, must return a Path.

However, sometimes it's easier to just render a SwiftUI view in place of the symbol. To do this, we can attach an annotation to the PointMark with position overlay and centre alignment.

struct ForecastChart:  View {
    let forecast: [DayForecast]
    var body: some View {
        Chart(forecast) { element in
                x: .value(
                    "Date", element.date, unit: .day
                y: .value(
                    "Avg Daytime Temperature",
            .annotation(position: .overlay, alignment: .center) {
                VStack(spacing: 4) {
                        systemName: element.dayConditionIconName
                        systemName: element.nightConditionIconName
            .symbolSize(0) // hide the existing symbol
        .chartXScale(range: .plotDimension(padding: 20))
A scatter plot of average temperature over time with the data points replaced with 2 vertically stacked symbols for daytime and nighttime conditions.

In the above example you might also spot the padding we applied to x-axis, so that symbols don't intersect the edges of the chart. chartXScale(range:) modifier accepts a load of useful plotDimension options.

An alternative to setting symbolSize(0) is to create a custom EmptySymbol, that conforms to ChartSymbolShape and returns an empty path. It can then be set on the PointMark using symbol(EmptySymbol())

struct EmptySymbol: ChartSymbolShape {
    var perceptualUnitRect: CGRect = .zero
    func path(in rect: CGRect) -> Path {

Swift Charts are designed to work with SwiftUI, but you can still use them in a UIKit project. You can check out Natalia Panferova's recent book Integrating SwiftUI into UIKit Apps for ways to add SwiftUI views to an existing UIKit project to take full advantage of the new iOS 16 APIs.