How do you set the absolute position of figure windows with matplotlib?


I'm writing a simple Python application that uses matplotlib to display a few figures on screen. The number of figures generated is based on user input and changes throughout the application's life. The user has the ability to issue a "plot" command to generate a new figure window with the selected data series. In order to improve the user experience, I would like to provide another command that would programmatically arrange all open figure windows in some convenient arrangement (e.g. tile them across the available screen space).

I believe to have found APIs that allow me to adjust the size of the figure window (in pixels), but haven't had any success in finding a way to set their absolute position on screen. Is there a way to do this without delving into the details of whatever backend is in use? I would like to do this in a backend-agnostic way so I can avoid relying upon implementation details that might change in the future.

9/16/2011 7:41:12 PM

Accepted Answer

there is not that I know a backend-agnostic way to do this, but definitely it is possible to do it for some common backends, e.g., WX, tkagg etc.

import matplotlib
from pylab import *
thismanager = get_current_fig_manager()
thismanager.window.SetPosition((500, 0))

per @tim at the comment section below, you might wanna switch to


instead. For TkAgg, just change it to


So I think you can exhaust through all the backends that are capable of doing this, if imposing a certain one is not an option.

2/1/2016 5:31:22 AM

FINALLY found the solution for QT backend:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

fig, ax = plt.subplots()
mngr = plt.get_current_fig_manager()
# to put it into the upper left corner for example:
mngr.window.setGeometry(50,100,640, 545)

If one doesn't know the x- and y-width one can read them out first, like so:

# get the QTCore PyRect object
geom = mngr.window.geometry()
x,y,dx,dy = geom.getRect()

and then set the new position with the same size:

mngr.window.setGeometry(newX, newY, dx, dy)

I was searching quite often for this and finally invested the 30 minutes to find this out. Hope that helps someone.

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