How to display the count over the bar in Matplotlib histogram?

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To display the count over the bar in matplotlib histogram, we can iterate each patch and use text() method to place the values over the patches.


  • Set the figure size and adjust the padding between and around the subplots.
  • Make a list of numbers to make a histogram plot.
  • Use hist() method to make histograms.
  • Iterate the patches and calculate the mid-values of each patch and height of the patch to place a text.
  • To display the figure, use show() method.


import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

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

data = [3, 5, 1, 7, 9, 5, 3, 7, 5]
_, _, patches = plt.hist(data, align="mid")

for pp in patches:
   x = (pp._x0 + pp._x1)/2
   y = pp._y1 + 0.05
   plt.text(x, y, pp._y1)


Updated on 15-Jun-2021 13:19:36