If you wish to contribute to the project, it's recommended you install the latest development version.
# Installing an official release
Matplotlib and its dependencies are available as wheel packages for macOS, Windows and Linux distributions:
python -m pip install -U pip python -m pip install -U matplotlib
The following backends work out of the box: Agg, ps, pdf, svg and TkAgg.
For support of other GUI frameworks, LaTeX rendering, saving animations and a larger selection of file formats, you may need to install additional dependencies.
Although not required, we suggest also installing
interactive use. To easily install a complete Scientific Python
stack, see Scientific Python Distributions below.
# Test data
The wheels (
*.whl) on the PyPI download page (opens new window) do not contain test data
or example code.
If you want to try the many demos that come in the Matplotlib source
distribution, download the
*.tar.gz file and look in the
To run the test suite:
- extract the
lib/mpl_toolkits/testsdirectories from the source distribution;
- install test dependencies: pytest (opens new window), Pillow, MiKTeX, GhostScript, ffmpeg, avconv, ImageMagick, and Inkscape (opens new window);
# Third-party distributions of Matplotlib
# Scientific Python Distributions
Anaconda (opens new window) and Canopy (opens new window) and ActiveState (opens new window) are excellent choices that "just work" out of the box for Windows, macOS and common Linux platforms. WinPython (opens new window) is an option for Windows users. All of these distributions include Matplotlib and lots of other useful (data) science tools.
# Linux: using your package manager
If you are on Linux, you might prefer to use your package manager. Matplotlib is packaged for almost every major Linux distribution.
- Debian / Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install python3-matplotlib
sudo dnf install python3-matplotlib
- Red Hat:
sudo yum install python3-matplotlib
sudo pacman -S python-matplotlib
# Installing from source
If you are interested in contributing to Matplotlib development, running the latest source code, or just like to build everything yourself, it is not difficult to build Matplotlib from source. Grab the latest tar.gz release file from the PyPI files page (opens new window), or if you want to develop Matplotlib or just need the latest bugfixed version, grab the latest git version, and see Install from source (opens new window).
The standard environment variables
PKG_CONFIG are respected.
This means you can set them if your toolchain is prefixed. This may be used for
export CC=x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-gcc export CXX=x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-g++ export PKG_CONFIG=x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-pkg-config
Once you have satisfied the requirements detailed below (mainly Python, NumPy, libpng and FreeType), you can build Matplotlib.
cd matplotlib python -mpip install .
We provide a setup.cfg (opens new window) file which you can use to customize the build process. For example, which default backend to use, whether some of the optional libraries that Matplotlib ships with are installed, and so on. This file will be particularly useful to those packaging Matplotlib.
If you have installed prerequisites to nonstandard places and need to
inform Matplotlib where they are, edit
setupext.py and add the base
dirs to the
basedir dictionary entry for your
e.g., if the header of some required library is in
/some/path in the
basedir list for your platform.
Matplotlib requires the following dependencies:
- Python (opens new window) (>= 3.6)
- FreeType (opens new window) (>= 2.3)
- libpng (opens new window) (>= 1.2)
- NumPy (opens new window) (>= 1.11)
- setuptools (opens new window)
- cycler (opens new window) (>= 0.10.0)
- dateutil (opens new window) (>= 2.1)
- kiwisolver (opens new window) (>= 1.0.0)
- pyparsing (opens new window)
Optionally, you can also install a number of packages to enable better user interface toolkits. See What is a backend? (opens new window) for more details on the optional Matplotlib backends and the capabilities they provide.
- tk (opens new window) (>= 8.3, != 8.6.0 or 8.6.1): for the Tk-based backends;
- PyQt4 (opens new window) (>= 4.6) or PySide (opens new window) (>= 1.0.3): for the Qt4-based backends;
- PyQt5 (opens new window): for the Qt5-based backends;
- PyGObject (opens new window): for the GTK3-based backends;
- wxpython (opens new window) (>= 4): for the WX-based backends;
- cairocffi (opens new window) (>= 0.8) or pycairo (opens new window): for the cairo-based backends;
- Tornado (opens new window): for the WebAgg backend;
For better support of animation output format and image file formats, LaTeX, etc., you can install the following:
- ffmpeg (opens new window)/avconv (opens new window): for saving movies;
- ImageMagick (opens new window): for saving animated gifs;
- Pillow (opens new window) (>= 3.4): for a larger selection of image file formats: JPEG, BMP, and TIFF image files;
- LaTeX (opens new window) and GhostScript (>=9.0) (opens new window) : for rendering text with LaTeX.
Matplotlib depends on non-Python libraries.
On Linux and OSX, pkg-config (opens new window) can be used to find required non-Python libraries and thus make the install go more smoothly if the libraries and headers are not in the expected locations.
If not using pkg-config (in particular on Windows), you may need to set the include path (to the FreeType, libpng, and zlib headers) and link path (to the FreeType, libpng, and zlib libraries) explicitly, if they are not in standard locations. This can be done using standard environment variables -- on Linux and OSX:
export CFLAGS='-I/directory/containing/ft2build.h ...' export LDFLAGS='-L/directory/containing/libfreetype.so ...'
and on Windows:
set CL=/IC:\directory\containing\ft2build.h ... set LINK=/LIBPATH:C:\directory\containing\freetype.lib ...
... means "also give, in the same format, the directories
zlib.h for the include path, and for
z.lib for the link path."
The following libraries are shipped with Matplotlib:
Agg: the Anti-Grain Geometry C++ rendering engine;
qhull: to compute Delaunay triangulation;
ttconv: a TrueType font utility.
# Building on Linux
It is easiest to use your system package manager to install the dependencies.
If you are on Debian/Ubuntu, you can get all the dependencies required to build Matplotlib with:
sudo apt-get build-dep python-matplotlib
If you are on Fedora, you can get all the dependencies required to build Matplotlib with:
sudo dnf builddep python-matplotlib
If you are on RedHat, you can get all the dependencies required to build
Matplotlib by first installing
yum-builddep and then running:
su -c "yum-builddep python-matplotlib"
These commands do not build Matplotlib, but instead get and install the build dependencies, which will make building from source easier.
# Building on macOS
The build situation on macOS is complicated by the various places one
can get the libpng and FreeType requirements (MacPorts, Fink,
/usr/X11R6), the different architectures (e.g., x86, ppc, universal), and
the different macOS versions (e.g., 10.4 and 10.5). We recommend that you build
the way we do for the macOS release: get the source from the tarball or the
git repository and install the required dependencies through a third-party
package manager. Two widely used package managers are Homebrew, and MacPorts.
The following example illustrates how to install libpng and FreeType using
brew install libpng freetype pkg-config
If you are using MacPorts, execute the following instead:
port install libpng freetype pkgconfig
After installing the above requirements, install Matplotlib from source by executing:
python -mpip install .
Note that your environment is somewhat important. Some conda users have found that, to run the tests, their PYTHONPATH must include /path/to/anaconda/.../site-packages and their DYLD_FALLBACK_LIBRARY_PATH must include /path/to/anaconda/lib.
# Building on Windows
The Python shipped from https://www.python.org (opens new window) is compiled with Visual Studio 2015 for 3.5+. Python extensions should be compiled with the same compiler, see e.g. https://packaging.python.org/guides/packaging-binary-extensions/#setting-up-a-build-environment-on-windows (opens new window) for how to set up a build environment.
Since there is no canonical Windows package manager, the methods for building FreeType, zlib, and libpng from source code are documented as a build script at matplotlib-winbuild (opens new window).
There are a few possibilities to build Matplotlib on Windows:
- Wheels via matplotlib-winbuild (opens new window)
- Wheels by using conda packages (see below)
- Conda packages (see below)
# Wheel builds using conda packages
This is a wheel build, but we use conda packages to get all the requirements. The binary requirements (png, FreeType,...) are statically linked and therefore not needed during the wheel install.
Set up the conda environment. Note, if you want a qt backend, add
the list of conda packages.
conda create -n "matplotlib_build" python=3.7 numpy python-dateutil pyparsing tornado cycler tk libpng zlib freetype msinttypes conda activate matplotlib_build
For building, call the script
build_alllocal.cmd in the root folder of the
# Conda packages
The conda packaging scripts for Matplotlib are available at https://github.com/conda-forge/matplotlib-feedstock (opens new window).