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matplotlib.pyplot.xkcd(scale=1, length=100, randomness=2)

Turns on xkcd sketch-style drawing mode. This will only have effect on things drawn after this function is called.

For best results, the “Humor Sans” font should be installed: it is not included with matplotlib.


scale : float, optional

The amplitude of the wiggle perpendicular to the source line.

length : float, optional

The length of the wiggle along the line.

randomness : float, optional

The scale factor by which the length is shrunken or expanded.


This function works by a number of rcParams, so it will probably override others you have set before.

If you want the effects of this function to be temporary, it can be used as a context manager, for example:

with plt.xkcd():
    # This figure will be in XKCD-style
    fig1 = plt.figure()
    # ...

# This figure will be in regular style
fig2 = plt.figure()

Examples using matplotlib.pyplot.xkcd