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What is a Scene?

A Scene is basically a container for Plots and other Scenes. Scenes have Plots (including an Axis if show_axis = true) and Subscenes associated with them. Every Scene has a transformation, made up of scale, translation, and rotation.

Plots associated with a Scene can be accessed through scene.plots, which returns an Array of the plots associated with the Scene. Note that if scene has no plots (if it was created by layouting, or is an empty scene), then scene.plots will be a 0-element array!

If a scene is not explicitly declared prior to one of the plot! commands being called, a Scene will be created by default as follows: lines(args...) = lines!(Scene(), args...).

In this example, lines becomes the parent of all of the following plot! commands since it was called prior to a Scene being explicitly created.

A Scene's subscenes (also called children) can be accessed through scene.children. This will return an Array of the Scene's child scenes. A child scene can be created by childscene = Scene(parentscene).

Any Scene with an axis also has a camera associated with it; this can be accessed through, and its controls through More documentation about these is in the Cameras section.

Scene's also have configurable size/resolution. You can set the size in pixels by doing Scene(resolution = (500, 500)).

Any keyword argument given to the Scene will be propagated to its plots; therefore, you can set the palette or the colormap in the Scene itself.


A subscene is no different than a normal Scene, except that it is linked to a "parent" Scene. It inherits the transformations of the parent Scene, but can then be transformed independently of it.

Current Scene

Knowing what Scene you are working with at any given moment is paramount as you work with more complex Makie implimentations containing multiple Scenes. You can check your current scene by doing AbstractPlotting.current_scene() which will return the current active scene (the last scene that got created).

Modifying the Scene

Makie offers mutation functions to scale, translate and rotate your Scenes on the fly.


Updating the Scene

When the Scene is changed, you may need to update several aspects of it.
Makie provides three main updating functions:


In general, update! is to be used to keep data in sync, and update_cam! and update_limits! update the camera and limits respectively (to show all the data).


Scenes have several pre-created event "hooks" (through Observables) that you can handle. These can be accessed through, which returns an Events struct:

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