How to pause a pylab figure until a key is pressed or mouse is clicked? (Matplotlib)

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To pause a pylab figure until a key is pressed of mouse is clicked, we can use"button_press_event" key event.


  • Set the figure size and adjust the padding between and around the subplots.
  • Set the "TkAgg" background.
  • Turn the interactive mode ON.
  • Create a new figure or activate an existing figure.
  • Make a variable, pause=False.
  • Whenever "button_press_event", pause the figure.
  • Bind the function to the event.
  • Create data, x and y data points using numpy.
  • Iterate a True loop to change the plot line and color.
  • To display the figure, use show() method.


import matplotlib
from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

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



fig = plt.figure()

pause = False

def onclick(event):
   global pause
   pause = not pause

fig.canvas.mpl_connect('button_press_event', onclick)

data = np.linspace(-10, 10, 100)

x = np.sin(data)
y = np.cos(data)

flag = 1

while True:
   if not pause:
      if flag == 1:
         plt.plot(data, y, color='red')
         flag = 0
         plt.plot(data, x, color='yellow')
         flag = 1


You will see sine and cosine waves alternatively in yellow and red until you click a mouse button. The figure will pause after clicking either of the mouse buttons.

Published on 18-Jun-2021 10:31:45