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A high-level plotting API for the PyData ecosystem built on HoloViews.

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hvPlot makes data analysis and visualization simple

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hvPlot provides a familiar, high-level API for visualization

The API is based on the familiar Pandas .plot API and the innovative .interactive API.

hvPlot works with the tools you know and love


hvPlot is the simplest way to benefit from the HoloViz ecosystem for data exploration.

hvPlot can be used for exploration, reporting and data apps

Check out this blog post to see how easy it is to create an interactive dashboard with hvPlot and Panel.

Mini getting-started

Head over to the getting started guide for more!


hvPlot can be installed on Linux, Windows, or Mac with conda:

conda install -c pyviz hvplot

or with pip:

pip install hvplot

Please note that for versions of jupyterlab<3.0, you must install the JupyterLab extension manually with:

jupyter labextension install @pyviz/jupyterlab_pyviz

Plotting data

Work with your data source:

import numpy as np
import pandas as pd

idx = pd.date_range('1/1/2000', periods=1000)
df  = pd.DataFrame(np.random.randn(1000, 4), index=idx, columns=list('ABCD')).cumsum()

Import the hvPlot extension for your data source and optionally set the plotting backend:

import hvplot.pandas
# Optional: hvplot.extension('matplotlib') or hvplot.extension('plotly')

Use the .hvplot API as you would use the Pandas or Xarray .plot API:


Interactive data apps

Just add .interactive and replace your normal arguments with Panel widgets or Ipywidgets.

import panel as pn

df.interactive(width=600).head(n=pn.widgets.IntSlider(start=1, end=5, value=3))

How to find documentation from your notebook or editor

To see the available arguments for a specific kind of plot run'scatter')

In a notebook or ipython environment the usual

  • help and ? will provide you with documentation.
  • TAB and SHIFT+TAB completion will help you navigate.



hvPlot is completely free and open-source. It is licensed under the BSD 3-Clause License.

Support & Feedback

Get support from or provide feedback to the HoloViz Community.


We would love to work with you no matter whether you want to contribute to issue management, PRs, documentation, blog posts, community support or social media communication.

To get started with the code or docs check out the Developer Guide.

Reach out on Gitter to discuss with the developers, join the weekly triaging or join the bi-weekly HoloViz call.

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