# matplotlib y-axis label on right side

### Question

Is there a simple way to put the y-axis label on the right-hand side of the plot? I know that this can be done for the tick labels using `ax.yaxis.tick_right()`, but I would like to know if it can be done for the axis label as well.

One idea which came to mind was to use

``````ax.yaxis.tick_right()
ax2 = ax.twinx()
ax2.set_ylabel('foo')
``````

However, this doesn't have the desired effect of placing all labels (tick and axis labels) on the right-hand side, while preserving the extent of the y-axis. In short, I would like a way to move all the y-axis labels from the left to the right.

1
59
11/13/2012 10:20:51 PM

It looks like you can do it with:

``````ax.yaxis.set_label_position("right")
ax.yaxis.tick_right()
``````

See here for an example.

90
7/23/2019 7:10:25 PM

If you would like to follow the example given in `matplotlib` and create a figure with labels on both sides of the axes but without having to use the `subplots()` function, here is my solution :

``````from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

ax1 = plt.plot()
t = np.arange(0.01, 10.0, 0.01)
s1 = np.exp(t)
plt.plot(t,s1,'b-')
plt.xlabel('t (s)')
plt.ylabel('exp',color='b')

ax2 = ax1.twinx()
s2 = np.sin(2*np.pi*t)
ax2.plot(t, s2, 'r.')
plt.ylabel('sin', color='r')
plt.show()
``````