plotting lines without blocking execution


Question

I am using matplotlib to draw charts and graphs.

When I plot the chart using the command show() my code blocks at this command.

I would like to refresh my list of values with new data , and than refresh the image on the background. How to do that without closing each time the window with the graph? Below is the code I am using

import pylab
a = (1,2,3,4)
pylab.plot(a)
pylab.show() # blocks here
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3/19/2013 2:20:17 PM

Accepted Answer

In IPython started with -pylab it should not block.

Otherwise: With ion() you turn the interactive mode on. show() does not block your system anymore. Every draw() or plot(x, y) updated your plot.

ioff() turns interactive mode off. Useful if you add lots of data and don't want to update every little detail.

See also: http://www.scipy.org/Cookbook/Matplotlib/Animations

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2/22/2010 4:08:10 PM

If you are not using the IPython shell but instead running a program, you probably want to do:

pyplot.draw()

after a plot(), possibly followed by

raw_input("Press enter when done...")

so as to wait for the user before plotting something else.

If you do pyplot.ion() at the beginning of your program, doing draw() can often even be skipped.

pyplot.show() is actually an infinite loop that handles events in the main plotting window (such as zooming, panning, etc.).


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