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Managing multiple figures in pyplot#
matplotlib.pyplot uses the concept of a current figure and current axes.
Figures are identified via a figure number that is passed to
The figure with the given number is set as current figure. Additionally, if
no figure with the number exists, a new one is created.
We discourage working with multiple figures through the implicit pyplot interface because managing the current figure is cumbersome and error-prone. Instead, we recommend using the explicit approach and call methods on Figure and Axes instances. See Matplotlib Application Interfaces (APIs) for an explanation of the trade-offs between the implicit and explicit interfaces.
Create figure 1
plt.figure(1) plt.subplot(211) plt.plot(t, s1) plt.subplot(212) plt.plot(t, 2*s1)
Create figure 2
plt.figure(2) plt.plot(t, s2)
Now switch back to figure 1 and make some changes
plt.figure(1) plt.subplot(211) plt.plot(t, s2, 's') ax = plt.gca() ax.set_xticklabels() plt.show()
Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 1.068 seconds)