How to adjust 'tick frequency' in Matplotlib for string X-axis?

To adjust tick frequency for X-axis, we can take the following steps −

  • Set the figure size and adjust the padding between and around the subplots.
  • Initialize a variable, N, for number of sample data points.
  • Create x and y data points using numpy.
  • Plot x and y data points using plot() method.
  • Initialize a variable freq_x to adjust the frequency of the xticks.
  • Use xticks() method to set the xticks.
  • To display the figure, use show() method.


import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

plt.rcParams["figure.figsize"] = [7.50, 3.50]
plt.rcParams["figure.autolayout"] = True

N = 10

x = np.random.randint(low=0, high=N, size=N)
y = np.random.randint(low=0, high=N, size=N)

plt.plot(x, y, color='red')

freq_x = 3

plt.xticks(np.arange(0, N, freq_x))


Updated on: 03-Aug-2021

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