# How can I make a simple 3D line with Matplotlib?

### Question

I want to generate the lines, which I get from an array in 3D.

Here is the code:

``````VecStart_x = [0,1,3,5]
VecStart_y = [2,2,5,5]
VecStart_z = [0,1,1,5]
VecEnd_x = [1,2,-1,6]
VecEnd_y = [3,1,-2,7]
VecEnd_z  =[1,0,4,9]

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from mpl_toolkits.mplot3d import Axes3D
fig = plt.figure()

ax.plot([VecStart_x ,VecEnd_x],[VecStart_y,VecEnd_y],[VecStart_z,VecEnd_z])
plt.show()
Axes3D.plot()
``````

I get that error:

ValueError: third arg must be a format string

1
20
2/17/2019 5:34:45 PM

I guess, you want to plot 4 lines. Then you can try

``````for i in range(4):
ax.plot([VecStart_x[i], VecEnd_x[i]], [VecStart_y[i],VecEnd_y[i]],zs=[VecStart_z[i],VecEnd_z[i]])
``````

As @Nicolas have suggested, do have a look at the matplotlib gallery.

25
7/18/2012 12:40:48 PM

The gallery is a great starting point to find out examples:

http://matplotlib.org/gallery.html

There is an example of 3d line plot here:

http://matplotlib.org/examples/mplot3d/lines3d_demo.html

You see that you need to pass to the ax.plot function 3 vectors. You are actually passing list of lists. I don't know what you mean by the Start and End sublist, but the following line should work :

``````ax.plot(VecStart_x + VecEnd_x, VecStart_y + VecEnd_y, VecStart_z +VecEnd_z)
``````

Here I sum the sublist (concatenation) in order to have only one list by axis.