Editing the date formatting of x-axis tick labels in matplotlib


Question

I am looking to edit the formatting of the dates on the x-axis. The picture below shows how they appear on my bar graph by default. I would like to remove the repetition of 'Dec' and '2012' and just have the actual date numbers along the x-axis.

Any suggestions as to how I can do this?

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2/18/2013 10:21:22 PM

Accepted Answer

In short:

import matplotlib.dates as mdates
myFmt = mdates.DateFormatter('%d')
ax.xaxis.set_major_formatter(myFmt)

Many examples on the matplotlib website. The one I most commonly use is here

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2/18/2013 10:26:09 PM

While the answer given by Paul H shows the essential part, it is not a complete example. On the other hand the matplotlib example seems rather complicated and does not show how to use days.

So for everyone in need here is a full working example:

from datetime import datetime
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from matplotlib.dates import DateFormatter

myDates = [datetime(2012,1,i+3) for i in range(10)]
myValues = [5,6,4,3,7,8,1,2,5,4]
fig, ax = plt.subplots()
ax.plot(myDates,myValues)

myFmt = DateFormatter("%d")
ax.xaxis.set_major_formatter(myFmt)

## Rotate date labels automatically
fig.autofmt_xdate()
plt.show()

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