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matplotlib.pyplot.subplot(*args, **kwargs)

Return a subplot axes at the given grid position.

Call signature:

subplot(nrows, ncols, index, **kwargs)

In the current figure, create and return an Axes, at position index of a (virtual) grid of nrows by ncols axes. Indexes go from 1 to nrows * ncols, incrementing in row-major order.

If nrows, ncols and index are all less than 10, they can also be given as a single, concatenated, three-digit number.

For example, subplot(2, 3, 3) and subplot(233) both create an Axes at the top right corner of the current figure, occupying half of the figure height and a third of the figure width.


Creating a subplot will delete any pre-existing subplot that overlaps with it beyond sharing a boundary:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
# plot a line, implicitly creating a subplot(111)
# now create a subplot which represents the top plot of a grid
# with 2 rows and 1 column. Since this subplot will overlap the
# first, the plot (and its axes) previously created, will be removed
plt.subplot(212, facecolor='y') # creates 2nd subplot with yellow background

If you do not want this behavior, use the add_subplot() method or the axes() function instead.

Keyword arguments:

The background color of the subplot, which can be any valid color specifier. See matplotlib.colors for more information.
A boolean flag indicating whether the subplot plot should be a polar projection. Defaults to False.
A string giving the name of a custom projection to be used for the subplot. This projection must have been previously registered. See matplotlib.projections.

See also

For additional information on axes() and subplot() keyword arguments.
For an example


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