Save figure as file from iPython notebook using Matplotlib

To save a figure as a file from iPython, we can take the following steps−

  • Create a new figure or activate an existing figure.
  • Add an axes to the figure using add_axes() method.
  • Plot the given list.
  • Save the plot using savefig() method.


from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
plt.rcParams["figure.figsize"] = [7.00, 3.50]
plt.rcParams["figure.autolayout"] = True
fig = plt.figure()
ax = fig.add_axes([1, 1, 1, 1])
plt.plot([1, 2])
plt.savefig('test.png', bbox_inches='tight')


When we execute the code, it will save the following plot as "test.png".

Updated on: 06-May-2021

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