Pausing and Resuming an Animation#

This example showcases:

  • using the Animation.pause() method to pause an animation.

  • using the Animation.resume() method to resume an animation.


This example exercises the interactive capabilities of Matplotlib, and this will not appear in the static documentation. Please run this code on your machine to see the interactivity.

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Click to pause/resume the animation
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib.animation as animation
import numpy as np

class PauseAnimation:
    def __init__(self):
        fig, ax = plt.subplots()
        ax.set_title('Click to pause/resume the animation')
        x = np.linspace(-0.1, 0.1, 1000)

        # Start with a normal distribution
        self.n0 = (1.0 / ((4 * np.pi * 2e-4 * 0.1) ** 0.5)
                   * np.exp(-x ** 2 / (4 * 2e-4 * 0.1)))
        self.p, = ax.plot(x, self.n0)

        self.animation = animation.FuncAnimation(
            fig, self.update, frames=200, interval=50, blit=True)
        self.paused = False

        fig.canvas.mpl_connect('button_press_event', self.toggle_pause)

    def toggle_pause(self, *args, **kwargs):
        if self.paused:
        self.paused = not self.paused

    def update(self, i):
        self.n0 += i / 100 % 5
        self.p.set_ydata(self.n0 % 20)
        return (self.p,)

pa = PauseAnimation()

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