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Axes.set_xlim(left=None, right=None, emit=True, auto=False, *, xmin=None, xmax=None)

Set the data limits for the x-axis

left : scalar, optional

The left xlim (default: None, which leaves the left limit unchanged). The left and right xlims may be passed as the tuple (left, right) as the first positional argument (or as the left keyword argument).

right : scalar, optional

The right xlim (default: None, which leaves the right limit unchanged).

emit : bool, optional

Whether to notify observers of limit change (default: True).

auto : bool or None, optional

Whether to turn on autoscaling of the x-axis. True turns on, False turns off (default action), None leaves unchanged.

xmin, xmax : scalar, optional

These arguments are deprecated and will be removed in a future version. They are equivalent to left and right respectively, and it is an error to pass both xmin and left or xmax and right.

xlimits : tuple

Returns the new x-axis limits as (left, right).


The left value may be greater than the right value, in which case the x-axis values will decrease from left to right.


>>> set_xlim(left, right)
>>> set_xlim((left, right))
>>> left, right = set_xlim(left, right)

One limit may be left unchanged.

>>> set_xlim(right=right_lim)

Limits may be passed in reverse order to flip the direction of the x-axis. For example, suppose x represents the number of years before present. The x-axis limits might be set like the following so 5000 years ago is on the left of the plot and the present is on the right.

>>> set_xlim(5000, 0)

Examples using matplotlib.axes.Axes.set_xlim