matplotlib was written by John Hunter and is now developed and
maintained by a number of active developers.
The current lead developer of matplotlib is Michael Droettboom.
Special thanks to those who have made valuable contributions (roughly
in order of first contribution by date). Any list like this is bound
to be incomplete and can’t capture the thousands and thousands of
contributions over the years from these and others:
- Jeremy O’Donoghue
- wrote the wx backend
- Andrew Straw
- Provided much of the log scaling architecture, the fill command, PIL
support for imshow, and provided many examples. He also wrote the
support for dropped axis spines and the buildbot unit testing infrastructure
which triggers the JPL/James Evans platform specific builds and
regression test image comparisons from svn matplotlib across
platforms on svn commits.
- Charles Twardy
- provided the impetus code for the legend class and has made
countless bug reports and suggestions for improvement.
- Gary Ruben
- made many enhancements to errorbar to support x and y
errorbar plots, and added a number of new marker types to plot.
- John Gill
- wrote the table class and examples, helped with support for
auto-legend placement, and added support for legending scatter
- David Moore
- wrote the paint backend (no longer used)
- Todd Miller
- supported by STSCI contributed the TkAgg
backend and the numerix module, which allows matplotlib to work with
either numeric or numarray. He also ported image support to the
postscript backend, with much pain and suffering.
- Paul Barrett
- supported by STSCI overhauled font
management to provide an improved, free-standing, platform
independent font manager with a WC3 compliant font finder and cache
mechanism and ported truetype and mathtext to PS.
- Perry Greenfield
- supported by STSCI overhauled and
modernized the goals and priorities page, implemented an improved
colormap framework, and has provided many suggestions and a lot of
insight to the overall design and organization of matplotlib.
- Jared Wahlstrand
- wrote the initial SVG backend.
- Steve Chaplin
- served as the GTK maintainer and wrote the Cairo and
- Jim Benson
- provided the patch to handle vertical mathttext.
- Gregory Lielens
- provided the FltkAgg backend and several patches for the frontend,
including contributions to toolbar2, and support for log ticking
with alternate bases and major and minor log ticking.
did the work to do mathtext exponential labeling for log plots,
added improved support for scalar formatting, and did the lions
share of the psfrag
LaTeX support for postscript. He has made substantial contributions
to extending and maintaining the PS and Qt backends, and wrote the
site.cfg and matplotlib.conf build and runtime configuration
support. He setup the infrastructure for the sphinx documentation
that powers the mpl docs.
- Paul Mcguire
- provided the pyparsing module on which mathtext relies, and made a
number of optimizations to the matplotlib mathtext grammar.
- Fernando Perez
- has provided numerous bug reports and patches for cleaning up
backend imports and expanding pylab functionality, and provided
matplotlib support in the pylab mode for ipython. He also provided the
matshow() command, and wrote TConfig, which
is the basis for the experimental traited mpl configuration.
- Andrew Dalke
- of Dalke Scientific Software contributed the
strftime formatting code to handle years earlier than 1900.
- Jochen Voss
- served as PS backend maintainer and has contributed several
supported by STSCI
provided the contouring and
contour labeling code.
- Baptiste Carvello
- provided the key ideas in a patch for proper
shared axes support that underlies ganged plots and multiscale
- Jeffrey Whitaker
- at NOAA wrote the
Basemap (Not distributed with matplotlib) toolkit
- Sigve Tjoraand, Ted Drain, James Evans
- and colleagues at the JPL collaborated
on the QtAgg backend and sponsored development of a number of
features including custom unit types, datetime support, scale free
ellipses, broken bar plots and more. The JPL team wrote the unit
testing image comparison infrastructure
for regression test image comparisons.
- James Amundson
- did the initial work porting the qt backend to qt4
- Eric Firing
- has contributed significantly to contouring, masked
array, pcolor, image and quiver support, in addition to ongoing
support and enhancements in performance, design and code quality in
most aspects of matplotlib.
- Daishi Harada
- added support for “Dashed Text”. See dashpointlabel.py and
- Nicolas Young
- added support for byte images to imshow, which are
more efficient in CPU and memory, and added support for irregularly
- The brainvisa Orsay team and Fernando Perez
- added Qt support to ipython in pylab mode.
- Charlie Moad
- contributed work to matplotlib’s Cocoa support and has done a lot of work on the OSX and win32 binary releases.
- Jouni K. Seppänen
- wrote the PDF backend and contributed numerous
fixes to the code, to tex support and to the get_sample_data handler
- Paul Kienzle
- improved the picking infrastructure for interactive plots, and with
Alex Mont contributed fast rendering code for quadrilateral meshes.
- Michael Droettboom
- supported by STSCI wrote the enhanced
mathtext support, implementing Knuth’s box layout algorithms, saving
to file-like objects across backends, and is responsible for
numerous bug-fixes, much better font and unicode support, and
feature and performance enhancements across the matplotlib code
base. He also rewrote the transformation infrastructure to support
custom projections and scales.
- John Porter, Jonathon Taylor and Reinier Heeres
- John Porter wrote the mplot3d module for basic 3D plotting in
matplotlib, and Jonathon Taylor and Reinier Heeres ported it to the
refactored transform trunk.
- Jae-Joon Lee
- Implemented fancy arrows and boxes, rewrote the legend
support to handle multiple columns and fancy text boxes, wrote the
axes grid toolkit, and has made numerous contributions to the code
- Paul Ivanov
- Has worked on getting matplotlib integrated better with other tools,
such as Sage and IPython, and getting the test infrastructure
faster, lighter and meaner. Listen to his podcast.
- Tony Yu
- Has been involved in matplotlib since the early days, and recently
has contributed stream plotting among many other improvements. He
is the author of mpltools.
- Michiel de Hoon
- Wrote and maintains the macosx backend.
- Ian Thomas
- Contributed, among other things, the triangulation (tricolor and
- Benjamin Root
- Has significantly improved the capabilities of the 3D plotting. He
has improved matplotlib’s documentation and code quality throughout,
and does invaluable triaging of pull requests and bugs.
- Phil Elson
- Fixed some deep-seated bugs in the transforms framework, and has
been laser-focused on improving polish throughout matplotlib,
tackling things that have been considered to large and daunting for
a long time.
- Damon McDougall
- Added triangulated 3D surfaces and stack plots to matplotlib.