The layout is configurable with visLayout() and visHierarchicalLayout() functions.

Set seed

The nodes are randomly positioned initially. This means that the settled result is different every time. You can provide a random seed manually (randomSeed), then the layout will be the same every time.

Hierarchical Layout

You can use and control hierarchical layout with some options :

  • levelSeparation, the distance between the different levels.
  • direction, the direction of the hierarchical layout.
  • sortMethod, the algorithm used to ascertain the levels of the nodes based on the data
nodes <- data.frame(id = 1:7)
edges <- data.frame(from = c(1,2,2,2,3,3),
 to = c(2,3,4,5,6,7))
visNetwork(nodes, edges, width = "100%") %>% 
  visEdges(arrows = "from") %>% 
  visHierarchicalLayout() # same as   visLayout(hierarchical = TRUE) 

visNetwork(nodes, edges, width = "100%") %>% 
  visEdges(arrows = "from") %>% 
  visHierarchicalLayout(direction = "LR", levelSeparation = 500)

it’s also possible to define the level of each node :

nodes <- data.frame(id = 1:4, level = c(2, 1, 1, 1))
edges <- data.frame(from = c(1, 1, 1),
 to = c(2,3,4))
### with level
visNetwork(nodes, edges, width = "100%") %>% 
  visEdges(arrows = "from") %>% 
  visHierarchicalLayout() # same as   visLayout(hierarchical = TRUE) 

### without level (vis.js choice)
nodes$level <- NULL
visNetwork(nodes, edges, width = "100%") %>% 
  visEdges(arrows = "from") %>% 
  visHierarchicalLayout() # same as   visLayout(hierarchical = TRUE) 

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