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Programming language: Python
License: MIT License
Latest version: v4.1.0

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pip install plotly "notebook>=5.3" "ipywidgets>=7.2"

Inside Jupyter notebook:

import plotly.graph_objs as go
fig = go.FigureWidget()
# Display an empty figure
# Add a scatter chart
fig.add_scatter(y=[2, 1, 4, 3])
# Add a bar chart
fig.add_bar(y=[1, 4, 3, 2])
# Add a title
fig.layout.title = 'Hello FigureWidget'

See the Python documentation for more examples.

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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 on plot.ly.

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plotly.py may be installed using pip...

pip install plotly==4.1.0

or conda.

conda install -c plotly plotly==4.1.0

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 (Python 3.5+)

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

pip install jupyterlab==1.0 "ipywidgets==7.5"

or conda.

conda install jupyterlab=1.0 "ipywidgets=7.5"

Then run the following commands to install the required JupyterLab extensions:

# Avoid "JavaScript heap out of memory" errors during extension installation
# (OS X/Linux)
export NODE_OPTIONS=--max-old-space-size=4096
# (Windows)
set NODE_OPTIONS=--max-old-space-size=4096

# Jupyter widgets extension
jupyter labextension install @jupyter-widgets/jupyterlab-manager@1.0 --no-build

# FigureWidget support
jupyter labextension install plotlywidget@1.1.0 --no-build

# and jupyterlab renderer support
jupyter labextension install jupyterlab-plotly@1.1.0 --no-build

# JupyterLab chart editor support (optional)
jupyter labextension install jupyterlab-chart-editor@1.2 --no-build

# Build extensions (must be done to activate extensions since --no-build is used above)
jupyter lab build

# Unset NODE_OPTIONS environment variable
# (OS X/Linux)
# (Windows)

Static Image Export

plotly.py supports static image export using the to_image and write_image functions in the plotly.io package. This functionality requires the installation of the plotly orca command line utility and the psutil Python package.

These dependencies can both be installed using conda:

conda install -c plotly plotly-orca psutil

Or, psutil can be installed using pip...

pip install psutil

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


Wrong Executable found

If you get an error message stating that the orca executable that was found is not valid, this may be because another executable with the same name was found on your system. Please specify the complete path to the Plotly-Orca binary that you downloaded (for instance in the Miniconda folder) with the following command:

plotly.io.orca.config.executable = '/home/your_name/miniconda3/bin/orca'

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==1.0.0

or conda

conda install -c plotly chart-studio=1.0.0


If you're migrating from plotly.py version 3, please check out the Version 4 migration guide

If you're migrating from plotly.py version 2, please check out the [Version 3 migration guide](migration-guide.md)

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.