CanvasAgg demo#

This example shows how to use the agg backend directly to create images, which may be of use to web application developers who want full control over their code without using the pyplot interface to manage figures, figure closing etc.


It is not necessary to avoid using the pyplot interface in order to create figures without a graphical front-end - simply setting the backend to "Agg" would be sufficient.

In this example, we show how to save the contents of the agg canvas to a file, and how to extract them to a numpy array, which can in turn be passed off to Pillow. The latter functionality allows e.g. to use Matplotlib inside a cgi-script without needing to write a figure to disk, and to write images in any format supported by Pillow.

from PIL import Image

import numpy as np

from matplotlib.backends.backend_agg import FigureCanvasAgg
from matplotlib.figure import Figure

fig = Figure(figsize=(5, 4), dpi=100)
# A canvas must be manually attached to the figure (pyplot would automatically
# do it).  This is done by instantiating the canvas with the figure as
# argument.
canvas = FigureCanvasAgg(fig)

# Do some plotting.
ax = fig.add_subplot()
ax.plot([1, 2, 3])

# Option 1: Save the figure to a file; can also be a file-like object (BytesIO,
# etc.).

# Option 2: Retrieve a memoryview on the renderer buffer, and convert it to a
# numpy array.
rgba = np.asarray(canvas.buffer_rgba())
# ... and pass it to PIL.
im = Image.fromarray(rgba)
# This image can then be saved to any format supported by Pillow, e.g.:"test.bmp")

# Uncomment this line to display the image using ImageMagick's `display` tool.

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