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Programming language: Python
License: MIT License
Latest version: v4.14.3

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Our recommended IDE for Plotly’s Python graphing library is Dash Enterprise’s Data Science Workspaces, which has both Jupyter notebook and Python code file support.


pip install plotly==4.14.3

Inside Jupyter notebook (installable with pip install "notebook>=5.3" "ipywidgets>=7.5"):

import plotly.graph_objects as go
fig = go.Figure()
fig.add_trace(go.Scatter(y=[2, 1, 4, 3]))
fig.add_trace(go.Bar(y=[1, 4, 3, 2]))
fig.update_layout(title = 'Hello Figure')

See the Python documentation for more examples.

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Built on top of plotly.js, plotly.py is a high-level, declarative charting library. plotly.js ships with over 30 chart types, including scientific charts, 3D graphs, statistical charts, SVG maps, financial charts, and more.

plotly.py is [MIT Licensed](packages/python/chart-studio/LICENSE.txt). Plotly graphs can be viewed in Jupyter notebooks, standalone HTML files, or hosted online using Chart Studio Cloud.

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plotly.py may be installed using pip...

pip install plotly==4.14.3

or conda.

conda install -c plotly plotly=4.14.3

Jupyter Notebook Support

For use in the Jupyter Notebook, install the notebook and ipywidgets packages using pip:

pip install "notebook>=5.3" "ipywidgets>=7.5"

or conda:

conda install "notebook>=5.3" "ipywidgets>=7.5"

JupyterLab Support

For use in JupyterLab, install the jupyterlab and ipywidgets packages using pip:

pip install jupyterlab "ipywidgets>=7.5"

or conda:

conda install jupyterlab "ipywidgets>=7.5"

Then run the following commands to install the required JupyterLab extensions (note that this will require node to be installed):

# Basic JupyterLab renderer support
jupyter labextension install [email protected]

# OPTIONAL: Jupyter widgets extension for FigureWidget support
jupyter labextension install @jupyter-widgets/jupyterlab-manager [email protected]

Please check out our Troubleshooting guide if you run into any problems with JupyterLab.

Static Image Export

plotly.py supports static image export, using either the kaleido package (recommended, supported as of plotly version 4.9) or the orca command line utility (legacy as of plotly version 4.9).


The kaleido package has no dependencies and can be installed using pip...

$ pip install -U kaleido

or conda.

$ conda install -c conda-forge python-kaleido


While Kaleido is now the recommended image export approach because it is easier to install and more widely compatible, static image export can also be supported by the legacy orca command line utility and the psutil Python package.

These dependencies can both be installed using conda:

conda install -c plotly plotly-orca==1.3.1 psutil

Or, psutil can be installed using pip...

pip install psutil

and orca can be installed according to the instructions in the orca README.

Extended Geo Support

Some plotly.py features rely on fairly large geographic shape files. The county choropleth figure factory is one such example. These shape files are distributed as a separate plotly-geo package. This package can be installed using pip...

pip install plotly-geo==1.0.0

or conda

conda install -c plotly plotly-geo=1.0.0

Chart Studio support

The chart-studio package can be used to upload plotly figures to Plotly's Chart Studio Cloud or On-Prem service. This package can be installed using pip...

pip install chart-studio==1.1.0

or conda

conda install -c plotly chart-studio=1.1.0


If you're migrating from plotly.py v3 to v4, please check out the Version 4 migration guide

If you're migrating from plotly.py v2 to v3, please check out the [Version 3 migration guide](migration-guide.md)

Copyright and Licenses

Code and documentation copyright 2019 Plotly, Inc.

Code released under the [MIT license](packages/python/chart-studio/LICENSE.txt).

Docs released under the Creative Commons license.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the plotly README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.