Matplotlib is a comprehensive library for creating static, animate, and creative visualizations using Python. It is an essential part of the Python data science stack.

Matplotlib is a tool for data visualization on a larger scale. As an open-source alternative to MATLAB, it can help scientists & data analysts turn data points into an interactive visualization. It can be run from both the Python shell and plotting window pop-ups.

Project Background

  • Project: Matplotlib 
  • Author: John D. Hunter 
  • Initial Release: 2003
  • Type: Plotting
  • License: Python Software Foundation (PSF) license,
  • Contains: 3D plotting tool mplot3d, axes helper axes_grid1, and axis helper axisartist  
  • Language: Python
  • GitHub: matplotlib/matplotlib has 14.5k stars and 1106 contributors
  • Runs On: Windows, MacOS, and Linux
  • Twitter:/matplotlib/


  • Data analysis and generating visual representations
  • Generate plots, histograms, power spectra, bar charts, error charts, and other kinds of plots
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