Python | Basic Gantt chart using Matplotlib

Prerequisites : Matplotlib Introduction

In this article, we will be discussing how to plot a Gantt Chart in Python using Matplotlib.

A Gantt chart is a graphical depiction of a project schedule or task schedule (In OS). It’s is a type of bar chart that shows the start and finish dates of several elements of a project that include resources or deadline. The first Gantt chart was devised in the mid-1890s by Karol Adamiecki, a Polish engineer who ran a steelworks in southern Poland and had become interested in management ideas and techniques. Some 15 years after Adamiecki, Henry Gantt, an American engineer, and project management consultant, devised his own version of the chart which became famous as “Gantt Charts”.

Some Uses of Gantt Charts :

  • Project Scheduling.
  • Task Scheduling on Processors

A sample Gantt Chart for task sheduling is shown below:
Sample gantt  chart
We will be using broken_barh types of graph available in matplotlib to draw gantt charts.

Below is the code for generating the above ganntt chart :





# Importing the matplotlb.pyplot
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
# Declaring a figure "gnt"
fig, gnt = plt.subplots()
# Setting Y-axis limits
gnt.set_ylim(0, 50)
# Setting X-axis limits
gnt.set_xlim(0, 160)
# Setting labels for x-axis and y-axis
gnt.set_xlabel('seconds since start')
# Setting ticks on y-axis
gnt.set_yticks([15, 25, 35])
# Labelling tickes of y-axis
gnt.set_yticklabels(['1', '2', '3'])
# Setting graph attribute
# Declaring a bar in schedule
gnt.broken_barh([(40, 50)], (30, 9), facecolors =('tab:orange'))
# Declaring multiple bars in at same level and same width
gnt.broken_barh([(110, 10), (150, 10)], (10, 9),
                         facecolors ='tab:blue')
gnt.broken_barh([(10, 50), (100, 20), (130, 10)], (20, 9),
                                  facecolors =('tab:red'))


Lets’s understand the different pieces of codes one by one :

  • fig, gnt = plt.subplots()

    Here, we declared a figure “gnt” for plotting the chart.

  • gnt.set_ylim(0, 50)
    gnt.set_xlim(0, 160)

    Here, we declared the limits of X-axis and Y-axis of the chart. By default the lower X-axis and Y-axis limit is 0 and higher limits for both axis is 5 unit more the highest X-axis value and Y-axis value.

  • gnt.set_xlabel('seconds since start')

    Here, we added labels to the axes. By default, there is no labels.

  • gnt.set_yticks([15, 25, 35])
    gnt.set_yticklabels(['1', '2', '3'])

    Here, we added ticks in Y-axis. We can also label them. By default the axes is divides uniformly in the limits.

  • gnt.grid(True)

    Here, we set grid() to True to show grids. By default, it is False.

  • gnt.broken_barh([(40, 50)], (30, 9), facecolors=('tab:orange'))

    Here, we added a bar in the chart. In this example, this bar represent the operation going on for time 40 to (40+50)= 90 sec.

    The basic arguments :

    gnt.broken_barh([(start_time, duration)],
                     (lower_yaxis, hieght),

    By default colour is set to Blue.

    We can declare multiple bars at the same time :

    gnt.broken_barh([(10, 50), (100, 20), (130, 10)], (20, 9),

    We can also add edgecolour by setting “edgecolor” attribute to any colour.

  • plt.savefig("gantt1.png")

    We saved the figure formed in the png file.

Reference : Broken Barh Example Matplotlib Documentation

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