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Tableau QT: Doughnut Charts


This is a Quick Tip on how to build doughnut charts in Tableau, so less reading and more jumping in. We are going to spend 5 minutes or less building our doughnuts charts.


Load the following data into Tableau Desktop / Public.



  • Create a Calculated Field called Inner with the following value: 0
  • Create a Calculated Field called Outer with the following value: 0
  • Drag Outer onto Columns
  • Drag Inner onto Columns
  • Right-click on the second Inner pill and select Dual Axis.
  • In Marks activate SUM(Outer)
    • Change the Mark Type to Pie 
    • Drag Slice onto the Color
    • Drag Value onto Size
    • Click on Size and move the needle to the middle 
    • Drag Value onto Label
      • Right-click on the Sum(Value), select Quick Table Calculation, select Percent of Total
  • In Marks activate the SUM(Inner)
    • Remove the Measure Names from Color
    • Click on Color and set the Color to White
    • Drag Value onto Label
    • Click on Label and set Alignment to Center

Now we need to adjust the basic cosmetics:

  • Remove Gridlines and Zero lines
  • Hide Headers
  • Give the Outer Pie Chart white borders
  • Edit the Tooltips
  • Edit Labels

and boom, you should get the following:

You can experiment with different cosmetics, labels and tooltips.


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