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3D plotting and mesh analysis through a streamlined interface for the Visualization Toolkit (VTK)

PyVista is...

  • "VTK for humans": a high-level API to the Visualization Toolkit (VTK)
  • mesh data structures and filtering methods for spatial datasets
  • 3D plotting made simple and built for large/complex data geometries

PyVista is a helper module for the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) that wraps the VTK library through NumPy and direct array access through a variety of methods and classes. This package provides a Pythonic, well-documented interface exposing VTK's powerful visualization backend to facilitate rapid prototyping, analysis, and visual integration of spatially referenced datasets.

This module can be used for scientific plotting for presentations and research papers as well as a supporting module for other mesh 3D rendering dependent Python modules; see Connections for a list of projects that leverage PyVista.

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Head over to the Quick Examples page in the docs to explore our gallery of examples showcasing what PyVista can do! Want to test-drive PyVista? All of the examples from the gallery are live on MyBinder for you to test drive without installing anything locally: Launch on Binder

Overview of Features

  • Extensive gallery of examples (see Quick Examples)
  • Interactive plotting in Jupyter Notebooks using server-side rendering with ipyvtklink or client-side rendering with panel or ipygany.
  • Filtering/plotting tools built for interactivity (see Widgets)
  • Direct access to mesh analysis and transformation routines (see Filters)
  • Intuitive plotting routines with matplotlib similar syntax (see Plotting)
  • Import meshes from many common formats (use Support for all formats handled by meshio is built-in!
  • Export meshes as VTK, STL, OBJ, or PLY ( file types or any formats supported by meshio (pyvista.save_meshio())


Refer to the documentation for detailed installation and usage details.

For general questions about the project, its applications, or about software usage, please create a discussion in pyvista/discussions where the community can collectively address your questions. You are also welcome to join us on Slack or send one of the developers an email. The project support team can be reached at


PyVista can be installed from PyPI using pip on Python >= 3.6:

pip install pyvista

You can also visit PyPI, Anaconda, or GitHub to download the source.

See the Installation for more details if the installation through pip doesn't work out.


PyVista is a powerful tool that researchers can harness to create compelling, integrated visualizations of large datasets in an intuitive, Pythonic manner. Here are a few open-source projects that leverage PyVista:

  • itkwidgets: Interactive Jupyter widgets to visualize images, point sets, and meshes in 2D and 3D. Supports all PyVista mesh types.
  • ansys-mapdl-reader: Pythonic interface to ANSYS results, full, and archive files
  • PVGeo: Python package of VTK-based algorithms to analyze geoscientific data and models. PyVista is used to make the inputs and outputs of PVGeo's algorithms more accessible.
  • omfvista: 3D visualization for the Open Mining Format (omf). PyVista provides the foundation for this library's visualization.
  • discretize: Discretization tools for finite volume and inverse problems. discretize provides toVTK methods that return PyVista versions of their data types for creating compelling visualizations.
  • pymeshfix: Python/Cython wrapper of Marco Attene's wonderful, award-winning MeshFix software.
  • tetgen: Python Interface to Hang Si's C++ TetGen Library


Please take a look at the contributors page and the active list of authors to learn more about the developers of PyVista.


Code Triage

We absolutely welcome contributions and we hope that our Contributing Guide will facilitate your ability to make PyVista better. PyVista is mostly maintained on a volunteer basis and thus we need to foster a community that can support user questions and develop new features to make this software a useful tool for all users while encouraging every member of the commutinity to share their ideas. To learn more about contributing to PyVista, please see the Contributing Guide and our Code of Conduct.

Citing PyVista

There is a paper about PyVista!

If you are using PyVista in your scientific research, please help our scientific visibility by citing our work!

Sullivan and Kaszynski, (2019). PyVista: 3D plotting and mesh analysis through a streamlined interface for the Visualization Toolkit (VTK). Journal of Open Source Software, 4(37), 1450,


  doi = {10.21105/joss.01450},
  url = {},
  year = {2019},
  month = {May},
  publisher = {The Open Journal},
  volume = {4},
  number = {37},
  pages = {1450},
  author = {C. Bane Sullivan and Alexander Kaszynski},
  title = {{PyVista}: {3D} plotting and mesh analysis through a streamlined interface for the {Visualization Toolkit} ({VTK})},
  journal = {Journal of Open Source Software}