Digital Gauge in Windows Forms Radial Gauge (Gauge)

17 Nov 202116 minutes to read

DigitalGauge control is used to display alphanumeric characters in digital (LED Display) mode. It is used to display a range of values that uses character in combination with numbers.

Key features

  • Segment spacing - Provides option to set user defined spacing between segments through a float value.

  • Character type - Provides option to display characters in different segment styles.

  • Character count - Provides option to customize the number of characters to be displayed.

  • Customization option - Supports color and visibility customization of all elements.

  • Visual style - Supports rich set of visual styles to customize the look and feel.

Getting started

This section describes how to add DigitalGauge control in a Windows Forms application and overview of its basic functionalities.

Assembly deployment

Refer control dependencies section to get the list of assemblies or NuGet package needs to be added as reference to use the control in any application.

Please find more details regarding how to install the nuget packages in windows form application in the below link:

How to install nuget packages

Creating simple application with DigitalGauge

You can create the Windows Forms application with DigitalGauge control as follows:

  1. Creating project
  2. Add control via designer
  3. Add control manually using code

Creating the project

Create a new Windows Forms project in the Visual Studio to display the DigitalGauge with basic functionalities.

Add control via designer

The DigitalGauge control can be added to the application by dragging it from the toolbox and dropping it in a designer view. The following required assembly references will be added automatically:

  • Syncfusion.Gauge.Windows.dll
  • Syncfusion.Shared.Base.dll

Drag and Drop Digital Gauge from Toolbox

Digital Gauge for Windows Forms with smart tag support for designer

Add control manually using code

To add control manually in C#, follow the given steps:

Step 1 : Add the following required assembly references to the project:

  • Syncfusion.Gauge.Windows.dll
  • Syncfusion.Shared.Base.dll

Step 2 : Include the namespaces Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.

using Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge;
Imports Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge

Step 3 : Create DigitalGauge control instance and add it to the form.

DigitalGauge digitalGauge1 = new DigitalGauge();

Dim digitalGauge1 As DigitalGauge = New DigitalGauge


Digital Gauge for Windows Forms

Concepts and features

This section illustrates the features of the digital gauge with different visual styles and sample code. It contains the following topics:

  • Visual styles
  • Character Type
  • Character Count
  • Segment Spacing
  • Show Invisible Segments
  • Round Corner Radius

Visual styles

The Gauge control for Windows Forms includes four stunning skins for professional representation of gauges. You can easily modify the look and feel of the gauge component using the VisualStyle property.

The styles are built-in for all gauges.

  • Black
  • Silver
  • Blue
  • Metro
  • Office2016White
  • Office2016Colorful
  • Office2016DarkGray
  • Office2016Black
  • Custom


This option helps to set the Black theme.

this.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Black;
Me.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Black

Digital Gauge with black theme


This option helps to set the Blue theme.

this.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Blue;
Me.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Blue

Office style Digital Gauge


This option helps to set the Silver theme.

this.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Silver;
Me.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Silver

Digital Gauge with silver background


This option helps to set the Metro theme.

this.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Metro;
Me.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Metro

Metro theme digital gauge


This option helps to set the Office2016White theme.


this.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Office2016White;

Me.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Office2016White

Office 2016 white theme digital gauge


This option helps to set the Office2016Colorful theme.

// Office2016Colorful

this.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Office2016Colorful;

Me.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Office2016Colorful

Office 2016 Colorful theme digital gauge


This option helps to set the Office2016DarkGray theme.


this.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Office2016DarkGray;

Me.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Office2016DarkGray

Office 2016 dark gray theme digital gauge


This option helps to set the office2016Black theme.


this.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Office2016Black;

Me.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Office2016Black

Office 2016 black theme digital gauge


Gauge also provides an option to end user to create their own custom theme based on the requirement by setting the VisualStyle property as Custom.

Steps to customize the theme in design time

Step 1: Need to add DigitalGauge control to Form Designer.

Digital Gauge in designer

Step 2: Set the VisualStyle as Custom.

Customized Digital Gauge with smart tag

Step 3: Need to add necessary Theme combination in ThemeBrush collection and it will update the Color customization details in DigitalGauge control.

Customized Digital Gauge in designer

Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.DigitalGaugeThemeBrush digitalGaugeThemeBrush1 = new Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.DigitalGaugeThemeBrush();
this.digitalGauge1 = new Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.DigitalGauge();
this.digitalGauge1.BackgroundGradientEndColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((int)(((byte)(192)))), ((int)(((byte)(0)))), ((int)(((byte)(192)))));
this.digitalGauge1.DisplayRecordIndex = 0;
this.digitalGauge1.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Yellow;
this.digitalGauge1.FrameBorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;
this.digitalGauge1.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(201, 106);
this.digitalGauge1.MaximumSize = new System.Drawing.Size(500, 180);
this.digitalGauge1.MinimumSize = new System.Drawing.Size(90, 90);
this.digitalGauge1.Name = "digitalGauge1";
this.digitalGauge1.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(180, 90);
this.digitalGauge1.TabIndex = 0;
digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.BackgroundGradientEndColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((int)(((byte)(192)))), ((int)(((byte)(0)))), ((int)(((byte)(192)))));
digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.BackgroundGradientStartColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((int)(((byte)(240)))), ((int)(((byte)(240)))), ((int)(((byte)(240)))));
digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Yellow;
digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.FrameBorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red;
digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.InactiveTextColor = System.Drawing.Color.Transparent;digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.OuterFrameGradientEndColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((int)(((byte)(172)))), ((int)(((byte)(172)))), ((int)(((byte)(172)))));
digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.OuterFrameGradientStartColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb(((int)(((byte)(229)))), ((int)(((byte)(229)))), ((int)(((byte)(229)))));
this.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Custom;
Dim digitalGaugeThemeBrush1 As Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.DigitalGaugeThemeBrush =  New Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.DigitalGaugeThemeBrush() 
Me.digitalGauge1 = New Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.DigitalGauge()
Me.digitalGauge1.BackgroundGradientEndColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb((CType(((CType((192), Byte))), Integer)), (CType(((CType((0), Byte))), Integer)), (CType(((CType((192), Byte))), Integer)))
Me.digitalGauge1.DisplayRecordIndex = 0
Me.digitalGauge1.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Yellow
Me.digitalGauge1.FrameBorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red
Me.digitalGauge1.Location = New System.Drawing.Point(201, 106)
Me.digitalGauge1.MaximumSize = New System.Drawing.Size(500, 180)
Me.digitalGauge1.MinimumSize = New System.Drawing.Size(90, 90)
Me.digitalGauge1.Name = "digitalGauge1"
Me.digitalGauge1.Size = New System.Drawing.Size(180, 90)
Me.digitalGauge1.TabIndex = 0
digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.BackgroundGradientEndColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb((CType(((CType((192), Byte))), Integer)), (CType(((CType((0), Byte))), Integer)), (CType(((CType((192), Byte))), Integer)))
digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.BackgroundGradientStartColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb((CType(((CType((240), Byte))), Integer)), (CType(((CType((240), Byte))), Integer)), (CType(((CType((240), Byte))), Integer)))
digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.ForeColor = System.Drawing.Color.Yellow
digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.FrameBorderColor = System.Drawing.Color.Red
digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.InactiveTextColor = System.Drawing.Color.TransparentdigitalGaugeThemeBrush1.OuterFrameGradientEndColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb((CType(((CType((172), Byte))), Integer)), (CType(((CType((172), Byte))), Integer)), (CType(((CType((172), Byte))), Integer)))
digitalGaugeThemeBrush1.OuterFrameGradientStartColor = System.Drawing.Color.FromArgb((CType(((CType((229), Byte))), Integer)), (CType(((CType((229), Byte))), Integer)), (CType(((CType((229), Byte))), Integer)))
Me.digitalGauge1.VisualStyle = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.ThemeStyle.Custom


Customized Digital Gauge with gradient background

Character type

Character types are used to customize the digital segments.

Customizing scales

You can customize the segments in the digital gauge using the CharacterType property.

Different segments can be applied using the CharacterType property. The digital gauge control contains four segment types:

  • Dot matrix
  • Seven segments
  • Fourteen segments
  • Sixteen segments

Dot matrix

In a digital gauge, the value can be displayed in dot matrix format by setting the character type as DotMatrixSegment.

this.digitalGauge1.CharacterType = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.CharacterType.DotMatrixSegment;
Me.digitalGauge1.CharacterType = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.CharacterType.DotMatrixSegment

Digital gauge with dotted character

Seven segments

In a digital gauge, the value can be displayed in a seven-segment format by setting the character type as SevenSegment.

this.digitalGauge1.CharacterType = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.CharacterType.SevenSegment;
Me.digitalGauge1.CharacterType = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.CharacterType.SevenSegment

Digital gauge with seven segment character

Fourteen segments

In a digital gauge, the value can be displayed in a fourteen-segment format by setting the character type as FourteenSegment.

this.digitalGauge1.CharacterType = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.CharacterType.FourteenSegment;
Me.digitalGauge1.CharacterType = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.CharacterType.FourteenSegment

Digital gauge with fourteen segment character

Sixteen segments

In a digital gauge, the value can be displayed in a sixteen-segment format by setting the character type as SixteenSegment.

this.digitalGauge1.CharacterType = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.CharacterType.SixteenSegment;
Me.digitalGauge1.CharacterType = Syncfusion.Windows.Forms.Gauge.CharacterType.SixteenSegment

Digital gauge with sixteen segment character

Character count

The CharacterCount property can be used to restrict the number of characters that can be displayed in a digital gauge.

this.digitalGauge1.CharacterCount = 4;

this.digitalGauge1.Value = 123456;
Me.digitalGauge1.CharacterCount = 4
Me.digitalGauge1.Value = 123456

Digital gauge with four characters

Segment spacing

The SegmentSpacing property is used to determine the spacing between the characters displayed in the digital gauge.

this.digitalGauge1.CharacterCount = 2;

  this.digitalGauge1.OverrideFontSize = false;

  this.digitalGauge1.Value = 123456;
Me.digitalGauge1.CharacterCount = 2

Me.digitalGauge1.OverrideFontSize = false
Me.digitalGauge1.Value = 123456

Digital gauge with space between segments

Show visible segments

The ShowInvisibleSegments property can be enabled to make the segments that are not drawn visible. This property can be disabled by setting it to false.

this.digitalGauge1.ShowInvisibleSegments = true;
 Me.digitalGauge1.ShowInvisibleSegments = true

Digital guage value showing invisible segments


The RoundCornerRadius property of the digital gauge is used to draw digital gauge with rounded edges.

this.digitalGauge1.RoundCornerRadius = 50;
Me.digitalGauge1.RoundCornerRadius = 50

Digital gauge frame with rounder corners

Data binding

You can bind any data source to the digital gauge and map an index of a record to represent the actual value in the gauge. The DisplayMember and DisplayRecordIndex properties map the DataColumn and DataRow of the bound data source, respectively, to the Gauge control. Data-bound gauges support high frequency data updates.

  • C#
  • this.digitalGauge1.DataSource = dataTable;
    this.digitalGauge1.DisplayRecordIndex = [Row Index];
    this.digitalGauge1.DisplayMember = [column name];