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Pytplot is a python package which aims to mimic the functionality of the IDL "tplot" libraries.

These plots have several user interaction tools built in, such as zooming and panning. The can be exported as standalone HTML files (to retain their interactivity) or as static PNG files.

Pytplot can be used in python scripts, or interactively through IPython and the Jupyter notebook.

Quick Start

Install Python

You will need the Anaconda distribution of Python 3 in order to run pytplot.

Anaconda <>_ comes with a suite of packages that are useful for data science.

Install pytplot

Open up a terminal, and type::

pip install pytplot

This will install pytplot and all of it's dependencies.

You will also need to install nodejs. This can be done through Anaconda with the following command::

conda install -c bokeh nodejs

Running Pytplot

To start using pytplot in a similar manner to IDL tplot, start up an interactive environment through the terminal command::


or, if you prefer the jupyter interactive notebook::

jupyter notebook

then, just import the package by typing the command::

import pytplot

A demo/tutorial can be found here: docs/pytplot_tutorial.html <>_.

A full description of each function can be found in docs/build/index.html <>_.

Alternatively, the PDF version is located in docs/build/PyTplot.pdf <>_.


If you have any suggestions or notice any problems, don't hesitate to contact Bryan Harter:

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