Auto-wrapping textΒΆ

Matplotlib can wrap text automatically, but if it's too long, the text will be displayed slightly outside of the boundaries of the axis anyways.

Note: Auto-wrapping does not work together with savefig(..., bbox_inches='tight'). The 'tight' setting rescales the canvas to accommodate all content and happens before wrapping. This affects %matplotlib inline in IPython and Jupyter notebooks where the inline setting uses bbox_inches='tight' by default when saving the image to embed.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

fig = plt.figure()
plt.axis([0, 10, 0, 10])
t = ("This is a really long string that I'd rather have wrapped so that it "
     "doesn't go outside of the figure, but if it's long enough it will go "
     "off the top or bottom!")
plt.text(4, 1, t, ha='left', rotation=15, wrap=True)
plt.text(6, 5, t, ha='left', rotation=15, wrap=True)
plt.text(5, 5, t, ha='right', rotation=-15, wrap=True)
plt.text(5, 10, t, fontsize=18, style='oblique', ha='center',
         va='top', wrap=True)
plt.text(3, 4, t, family='serif', style='italic', ha='right', wrap=True)
plt.text(-1, 0, t, ha='left', rotation=-15, wrap=True)

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