matplotlib.pyplot.xticks(ticks=None, labels=None, **kwargs)[source]

Get or set the current tick locations and labels of the x-axis.

Pass no arguments to return the current values without modifying them.

ticksarray-like, optional

The list of xtick locations. Passing an empty list removes all xticks.

labelsarray-like, optional

The labels to place at the given ticks locations. This argument can only be passed if ticks is passed as well.


Text properties can be used to control the appearance of the labels.


The list of xtick locations.


The list of xlabel Text objects.


Calling this function with no arguments (e.g. xticks()) is the pyplot equivalent of calling get_xticks and get_xticklabels on the current axes. Calling this function with arguments is the pyplot equivalent of calling set_xticks and set_xticklabels on the current axes.


>>> locs, labels = xticks()  # Get the current locations and labels.
>>> xticks(np.arange(0, 1, step=0.2))  # Set label locations.
>>> xticks(np.arange(3), ['Tom', 'Dick', 'Sue'])  # Set text labels.
>>> xticks([0, 1, 2], ['January', 'February', 'March'],
...        rotation=20)  # Set text labels and properties.
>>> xticks([])  # Disable xticks.