Before Matplotlib's plotting functions can be used, Matplotlib needs to be installed. Depending on which distribution of Python is installed on your computer, the installation methods are slightly different.
Install Matplotlib with the Anaconda distribution of Python
The simplest way to install Matplotlib is to download and install the Anaconda distribution of Python. The Anaconda distribution of Python comes with Matplotlib included and no further installation steps are necessary.
Below are additional methods to install Matplotlib if you are not using the Anaconda distribution of Python.
Install Matplotlib with the Anaconda Prompt
Matplotlib can be installed using with the Anaconda Prompt. If the Anaconda Prompt is available on your machine, it can usually be seen in the Windows Start Menu. To install Matplotlib, open the Anaconda Prompt and type:
> conda install matplotlib
y for yes when prompted.
Install Matplotlib with pip
Matplotlib can also be installed using the Python package manager, pip. To install Matplotlib with pip, open a terminal window and type:
$ pip install matplotlib
This command installs Matplotlib in the current working Python environment.
Verify the installation
To verify that Matplotlib is installed, try to invoke Matplotlib's version at the Python REPL using the
.__version__ an attribute common to most Python packages.
>>> import matplotlib >>> matplotlib.version