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using Plots


A simple line plot of the columns.

plot(Plots.fakedata(50, 5), w=3)

Parametric plots

Plot function pair (x(u), y(u)).

plot(sin, (x->begin
        end), 0, 2π, line=4, leg=false, fill=(0, :orange))


Access predefined palettes (or build your own with the colorscheme method). Line/marker colors are auto-generated from the plot's palette, unless overridden. Set the z argument to turn on series gradients.

y = rand(100)
plot(0:10:100, rand(11, 4), lab="lines", w=3, palette=:grays, fill=0, α=0.6)
scatter!(y, zcolor=abs.(y .- 0.5), m=(:heat, 0.8, Plots.stroke(1, :green)), ms=10 * abs.(y .- 0.5) .+ 4, lab="grad")


Change the guides/background/limits/ticks. Convenience args xaxis and yaxis allow you to pass a tuple or value which will be mapped to the relevant args automatically. The xaxis below will be replaced with xlabel and xlims args automatically during the preprocessing step. You can also use shorthand functions: title!, xaxis!, yaxis!, xlabel!, ylabel!, xlims!, ylims!, xticks!, yticks!

using Statistics
y = rand(20, 3)
plot(y, xaxis=("XLABEL", (-5, 30), 0:2:20, :flip), background_color=RGB(0.2, 0.2, 0.2), leg=false)
hline!(mean(y, dims=1) + rand(1, 3), line=(4, :dash, 0.6, [:lightgreen :green :darkgreen]))
vline!([5, 10])
yaxis!("YLABEL", :log10)


Plot an image. y-axis is set to flipped

import FileIO, PlotReferenceImages
img = FileIO.load(joinpath(dirname(pathof(PlotReferenceImages)), "..", "Plots", "pyplot", "0.7.0", "ref1.png"))


Plot multiple series with different numbers of points. Mix arguments that apply to all series (marker/markersize) with arguments unique to each series (colors). Special arguments line, marker, and fill will automatically figure out what arguments to set (for example, we are setting the linestyle, linewidth, and color arguments with line.) Note that we pass a matrix of colors, and this applies the colors to each series.

ys = Vector[rand(10), rand(20)]
plot(ys, color=[:black :orange], line=(:dot, 4), marker=([:hex :d], 12, 0.8, Plots.stroke(3, :gray)))

Build plot in pieces

Start with a base plot...

plot(rand(100) / 3, reg=true, fill=(0, :green))

and add to it later.

scatter!(rand(100), markersize=6, c=:orange)


histogram2d(randn(10000), randn(10000), nbins=20)

Line types

linetypes = [:path :steppre :steppost :sticks :scatter]
n = length(linetypes)
x = Vector[sort(rand(20)) for i = 1:n]
y = rand(20, n)
plot(x, y, line=(linetypes, 3), lab=map(string, linetypes), ms=15)

Line styles

styles = filter((s->begin
                s in Plots.supported_styles()
            end), [:solid, :dash, :dot, :dashdot, :dashdotdot])
styles = reshape(styles, 1, length(styles))
n = length(styles)
y = cumsum(randn(20, n), dims=1)
plot(y, line=(5, styles), label=map(string, styles), legendtitle="linestyle")

Marker types

markers = filter((m->begin
                m in Plots.supported_markers()
            end), Plots._shape_keys)
markers = reshape(markers, 1, length(markers))
n = length(markers)
x = (range(0, stop=10, length=n + 2))[2:end - 1]
y = repeat(reshape(reverse(x), 1, :), n, 1)
scatter(x, y, m=(8, :auto), lab=map(string, markers), bg=:linen, xlim=(0, 10), ylim=(0, 10))


x is the midpoint of the bar. (todo: allow passing of edges instead of midpoints)



histogram(randn(1000), bins=:scott, weights=repeat(1:5, outer=200))


Use the layout keyword, and optionally the convenient @layout macro to generate arbitrarily complex subplot layouts.

l = @layout()
plot(randn(100, 5), layout=l, t=[:line :histogram :scatter :steppre :bar], leg=false, ticks=nothing, border=:none)

Adding to subplots

Note here the automatic grid layout, as well as the order in which new series are added to the plots.

plot(Plots.fakedata(100, 10), layout=4, palette=[:grays :blues :heat :lightrainbow], bg_inside=[:orange :pink :darkblue :black])

using Random
plot!(Plots.fakedata(100, 10))


Create an OHLC chart. Pass in a list of (open,high,low,close) tuples as your y argument. This uses recipes to first convert the tuples to OHLC objects, and subsequently create a :path series with the appropriate line segments.

n = 20
hgt = rand(n) .+ 1
bot = randn(n)
openpct = rand(n)
closepct = rand(n)
y = OHLC[(openpct[i] * hgt[i] + bot[i], bot[i] + hgt[i], bot[i], closepct[i] * hgt[i] + bot[i]) for i = 1:n]


The annotations keyword is used for text annotations in data-coordinates. Pass in a tuple (x,y,text) or a vector of annotations. annotate!(ann) is shorthand for plot!(; annotation=ann). Series annotations are used for annotating individual data points. They require only the annotation... x/y values are computed. A PlotText object can be build with the method text(string, attr...), which wraps font and color attributes.

y = rand(10)
plot(y, annotations=(3, y[3], text("this is #3", :left)), leg=false)
annotate!([(5, y[5], text("this is #5", 16, :red, :center)), (10, y[10], text("this is #10", :right, 20, "courier"))])
scatter!(range(2, stop=8, length=6), rand(6), marker=(50, 0.2, :orange), series_annotations=["series", "annotations", "map", "to", "series", text("data", :green)])


Any value for fill works here. We first build a filled contour from a function, then an unfilled contour from a matrix.

x = 1:0.5:20
y = 1:0.5:10
f(x, y) = begin
        (3x + y ^ 2) * abs(sin(x) + cos(y))
X = repeat(reshape(x, 1, :), length(y), 1)
Y = repeat(y, 1, length(x))
Z = map(f, X, Y)
p1 = contour(x, y, f, fill=true)
p2 = contour(x, y, Z)
plot(p1, p2)


x = ["Nerds", "Hackers", "Scientists"]
y = [0.4, 0.35, 0.25]
pie(x, y, title="The Julia Community", l=0.5)


n = 100
ts = range(0, stop=8π, length=n)
x = ts .* map(cos, ts)
y = (0.1ts) .* map(sin, ts)
z = 1:n
plot(x, y, z, zcolor=reverse(z), m=(10, 0.8, :blues, Plots.stroke(0)), leg=false, cbar=true, w=5)
plot!(zeros(n), zeros(n), 1:n, w=10)

Groups and Subplots

group = rand(map((i->begin
                    "group $(i)"
                end), 1:4), 100)
plot(rand(100), layout=@layout(), group=group, linetype=[:bar :scatter :steppre], linecolor=:match)

Polar Plots

Θ = range(0, stop=1.5π, length=100)
r = abs.(0.1 * randn(100) + sin.(3Θ))
plot(Θ, r, proj=:polar, m=2)

Heatmap, categorical axes, and aspect_ratio

xs = [string("x", i) for i = 1:10]
ys = [string("y", i) for i = 1:4]
z = float((1:4) * reshape(1:10, 1, :))
heatmap(xs, ys, z, aspect_ratio=1)

Layouts, margins, label rotation, title location

using Plots.PlotMeasures
plot(rand(100, 6), layout=@layout(), title=["A" "B" "C"], title_location=:left, left_margin=[20mm 0mm], bottom_margin=10px, xrotation=60)


For a matrix mat with unique nonzeros spy(mat) returns a colorless plot. If mat has various different nonzero values, a colorbar is added. The colorbar can be disabled with legend = nothing.

using SparseArrays
a = spdiagm(0 => ones(50), 1 => ones(49), -1 => ones(49), 10 => ones(40), -10 => ones(40))
b = spdiagm(0 => 1:50, 1 => 1:49, -1 => 1:49, 10 => 1:40, -10 => 1:40)
plot(spy(a), spy(b), title=["Unique nonzeros" "Different nonzeros"])

Magic grid argument

The grid lines can be modified individually for each axis with the magic grid argument.

x = rand(10)
p1 = plot(x, title="Default looks")
p2 = plot(x, grid=(:y, :olivedrab, :dot, 1, 0.9), title="Modified y grid")
p3 = plot(deepcopy(p2), title="Add x grid")
xgrid!(p3, :on, :cadetblue, 2, :dashdot, 0.4)
plot(p1, p2, p3, layout=(1, 3), label="", fillrange=0, fillalpha=0.3)


The style of the frame/axes of a (sub)plot can be changed with the framestyle attribute. The default framestyle is :axes.

scatter(fill(randn(10), 6), fill(randn(10), 6), framestyle=[:box :semi :origin :zerolines :grid :none], title=[":box" ":semi" ":origin" ":zerolines" ":grid" ":none"], color=permutedims(1:6), layout=6, label="", markerstrokewidth=0, ticks=-2:2)

Lines and markers with varying colors

You can use the line_z and marker_z properties to associate a color with each line segment or marker in the plot.

t = range(0, stop=1, length=100)
θ = (6π) .* t
x = t .* cos.(θ)
y = t .* sin.(θ)
p1 = plot(x, y, line_z=t, linewidth=3, legend=false)
p2 = scatter(x, y, marker_z=((x, y)->begin
                    x + y
                end), color=:bluesreds, legend=false)
plot(p1, p2)

  • Supported arguments: annotations, aspect_ratio, background_color, background_color_inside, background_color_legend, background_color_outside, background_color_subplot, bar_width, bins, bottom_margin, camera, clims, color_palette, colorbar, colorbar_title, contour_labels, discrete_values, fill_z, fillalpha, fillcolor, fillrange, flip, foreground_color, foreground_color_axis, foreground_color_border, foreground_color_grid, foreground_color_guide, foreground_color_legend, foreground_color_subplot, foreground_color_text, foreground_color_title, framestyle, grid, gridalpha, gridlinewidth, group, guide, guidefont, guidefontcolor, guidefontfamily, guidefontsize, hover, html_output_format, inset_subplots, label, layout, left_margin, legend, legendfont, legendfontcolor, legendfontfamily, legendfontsize, levels, lims, line_z, linealpha, linecolor, linestyle, linewidth, link, margin, marker_z, markeralpha, markercolor, markershape, markersize, markerstrokealpha, markerstrokecolor, markerstrokestyle, markerstrokewidth, normalize, orientation, polar, primary, projection, quiver, ribbon, right_margin, rotation, scale, series_annotations, seriesalpha, seriescolor, seriestype, show, size, smooth, subplot, subplot_index, tick_direction, tickfont, tickfontcolor, tickfontfamily, tickfontsize, ticks, title, title_location, titlefontcolor, titlefontfamily, titlefonthalign, titlefontsize, titlefontvalign, top_margin, weights, window_title, x, xdiscrete_values, xerror, xflip, xforeground_color_axis, xforeground_color_border, xforeground_color_grid, xforeground_color_guide, xforeground_color_text, xgrid, xgridalpha, xgridlinewidth, xguide, xguidefontcolor, xguidefontfamily, xguidefontsize, xlims, xlink, xrotation, xscale, xtick_direction, xtickfontcolor, xtickfontfamily, xtickfontsize, xticks, y, ydiscrete_values, yerror, yflip, yforeground_color_axis, yforeground_color_border, yforeground_color_grid, yforeground_color_guide, yforeground_color_text, ygrid, ygridalpha, ygridlinewidth, yguide, yguidefontcolor, yguidefontfamily, yguidefontsize, ylims, ylink, yrotation, yscale, ytick_direction, ytickfontcolor, ytickfontfamily, ytickfontsize, yticks, z, zdiscrete_values, zflip, zforeground_color_axis, zforeground_color_border, zforeground_color_grid, zforeground_color_guide, zforeground_color_text, zgrid, zgridalpha, zgridlinewidth, zguide, zguidefontcolor, zguidefontfamily, zguidefontsize, zlims, zlink, zrotation, zscale, ztick_direction, ztickfontcolor, ztickfontfamily, ztickfontsize, zticks
  • Supported values for linetype: :contour, :heatmap, :path, :path3d, :pie, :scatter, :scatter3d, :scattergl, :shape, :straightline, :surface, :wireframe
  • Supported values for linestyle: :auto, :dash, :dashdot, :dot, :solid
  • Supported values for marker: :auto, :circle, :cross, :diamond, :dtriangle, :hexagon, :hline, :none, :octagon, :pentagon, :rect, :utriangle, :vline, :xcross (Automatically generated: 2018-10-15T16:48:13.399)