How to set font size of Matplotlib axis Legend?


Question

I have a code like this:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from matplotlib.pyplot import *
from matplotlib.font_manager import FontProperties

fontP = FontProperties()
fontP.set_size('xx-small')
fig=plt.figure()
ax1=fig.add_subplot(111)
plot([1,2,3], label="test1")
ax1.legend(loc=0, ncol=1, bbox_to_anchor=(0, 0, 1, 1),
           prop = fontP,fancybox=True,shadow=False,title='LEGEND')
plt.show()

legend fontsize

It can be seen in the plot that the setting in Fontsize does not affect the Legend Title font size.

How to set the font size of the legend title to a smaller size?

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1/24/2013 11:25:38 AM

Accepted Answer

This is definitely an old question, but was frustrating me too and none of the other answers changed the legend title fontsize at all, but instead just changed the rest of the text. So after banging my head against the matplotlib documentation for awhile I came up with this.

legend = ax1.legend(loc=0, ncol=1, bbox_to_anchor=(0, 0, 1, 1),
           prop = fontP,fancybox=True,shadow=False,title='LEGEND')

plt.setp(legend.get_title(),fontsize='xx-small')
58
6/13/2013 5:34:00 PM

Here is how to change the fontsize of the legend list and/or legend title:

legend=plt.legend(list,loc=(1.05,0.05), title=r'$\bf{Title}$') #Legend: list, location, Title (in bold)
legend.get_title().set_fontsize('6') #legend 'Title' fontsize
plt.setp(plt.gca().get_legend().get_texts(), fontsize='12') #legend 'list' fontsize

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