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import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
from matplotlib import cm
from matplotlib.figure import Figure
import panel as pn

pn.extension(sizing_mode="stretch_width", template="fast")

Styling Matplotlib for Panel

In this example we will show how to style Matplotlib charts with Panel for both the default and the dark theme.


Get or set the theme

When we use the Fast templates the theme can be found in the session_args.

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def get_theme():
    return pn.state.session_args.get("theme", [b'default'])[0].decode()
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Select a nice accent color

Below we create some functionality to cycle through a list of nice accent colors. You would probably just set the accent_color and color for your specific use case.

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nice_accent_colors = [
    ("#00A170", "white"), # Mint
    ("#DAA520", "white"), # Golden Rod
    ("#F08080", "white"), # Light Coral
    ("#4099da", "white"), # Summery Sky
    ("#2F4F4F", "white"), # Dark Slate Grey
    ("#A01346", "white"), # Fast
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def get_nice_accent_color():
    """Returns the 'next' nice accent color"""
    if not "color_index" in pn.state.cache:
    elif pn.state.cache["color_index"]==len(nice_accent_colors)-1:
    return nice_accent_colors[pn.state.cache["color_index"]]
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accent_color, color = get_nice_accent_color()
pn.pane.Markdown(f"# Color: {accent_color}", background=accent_color, height=70, margin=0, style={"color": color, "padding": "10px"})


There are nearly 30 builtin styles to matplotlib that can be activated with the function. The style names are available in the list.

Let's define a Select widget to explore the templates.

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style=pn.widgets.Select(options=[style for style in sorted( if not style.startswith("_")])

If the theme is dark we will use the dark_background style as the default value.

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if theme=="dark":

Lets define a plot

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x = np.arange(-2, 8, .1)
y = .1 * x ** 3 - x ** 2 + 3 * x + 2

def get_plot(theme="default", accent_color=accent_color, style=style.value):"default") # Resets to default style. Just in case it was styled to something non-default somewhere else in your app # changes to the specified style
    fig0 = Figure(figsize=(12, 6))
    ax0 = fig0.subplots()
    ax0.plot(x, y, linewidth=10.0, color=accent_color)
    ax0.set_title(f'Matplotlib Style: {style}');"default") # Resets to default style. Do this if you are styling matplotlib in multiple places in your app.
    return fig0

Lets bind get_plot to the style widet and lay out the two in a Column.

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get_plot=pn.bind(get_plot, style=style)
matplotlib_component = pn.Column(style,pn.panel(get_plot, height=500, sizing_mode="scale_width"))

For more check out the Matplotlib style sheets reference and the alternative themes dracula theme and gadfly.

Style the app template

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pn.state.template.param.update(accent_base_color=accent_color, header_background=accent_color)

You can serve the app via panel serve MatplotlibStyle.ipynb and find it at http://localhost:5006/MatplotlibStyle. You should add the --autoreload flag while developing for hot reloading.