How to Place Legend Outside of the Plot in Matplotlib?
In this article, we will see how to place legend outside the Plot in Matplotlib? Let’s discuss some concepts :
- Matplotlib : Matplotlib is an amazing visualization library in Python for 2D plots of arrays. Matplotlib is a multi-platform data visualization library built on NumPy arrays and designed to work with the broader SciPy stack. It was introduced by John Hunter in the year 2002.
- Legend : A legend is an area describing the elements of the graph. In the matplotlib library, there’s a function called legend() which is used to Place a legend on the axes. The attribute Loc in legend() is used to specify the location of the legend. Default value of loc is loc=”best” (upper left).
Here, first we will see why placing of legend outside is required.
As, we can see that the above figure legends are overlapped on graph i.e; incomplete information. To solve this problem we need to place the legend outside the plot.
- Import Libraries
- Create/ Load data
- Make plots
- Add legend outside the plot.
Example 1: (Right Side)
Example 2: ( At top)
Example 3: ( With subplots)
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