How do you determine which backend is being used by matplotlib?


Question

Either interactively, such as from within an Ipython session, or from within a script, how can you determine which backend is being used by matplotlib?

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8/26/2010 10:23:13 PM

Accepted Answer

Use the get_backend() function to obtain a string denoting which backend is in use:

>>> import matplotlib
>>> matplotlib.get_backend()
'TkAgg'
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8/26/2010 10:26:16 PM

Another way to determine the current backend is to read rcParams dictionary:

>>> import matplotlib
>>> print (matplotlib.rcParams['backend']) 
MacOSX
>>> matplotlib.use('agg')
>>> print (matplotlib.rcParams['backend']) 
agg

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