matplotlib Animations and interactive plotting Interactive controls with matplotlib.widgets


Example

For interacting with plots Matplotlib offers GUI neutral widgets. Widgets require a matplotlib.axes.Axes object.

Here's a slider widget demo that ├╣pdates the amplitude of a sine curve. The update function is triggered by the slider's on_changed() event.

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib.animation as animation
from matplotlib.widgets import Slider

TWOPI = 2*np.pi

fig, ax = plt.subplots()

t = np.arange(0.0, TWOPI, 0.001)
initial_amp = .5
s = initial_amp*np.sin(t)
l, = plt.plot(t, s, lw=2)

ax = plt.axis([0,TWOPI,-1,1])

axamp = plt.axes([0.25, .03, 0.50, 0.02])
# Slider
samp = Slider(axamp, 'Amp', 0, 1, valinit=initial_amp)

def update(val):
    # amp is the current value of the slider
    amp = samp.val
    # update curve
    l.set_ydata(amp*np.sin(t))
    # redraw canvas while idle
    fig.canvas.draw_idle()

# call update function on slider value change
samp.on_changed(update)

plt.show()

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