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Pyqtgraph live plot

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Live pyqtgraph plot

Pglive package adds support for thread-safe live plotting to pyqtgraph.
It supports PyQt5, PyQt6, PySide2 and PySide6.


By default, pyqtgraph doesn't support live plotting. Aim of this package is to provide easy implementation of Line, Scatter and Bar Live plot. Every plot is connected with it's DataConnector, which sole purpose is to consume data points and manage data re-plotting. DataConnector interface provides Pause and Resume method, update rate and maximum number of plotted points. Each time data point is collected, call DataConnector.cb_set_data or DataConnector.cb_append_data_point callback. That's all You need to update plot with new data. Callbacks are Thread safe, so it works nicely in applications with multiple data collection Threads.

Focus on data collection and leave plotting to pglive.

To make firsts steps easy, package comes with many examples implemented in PyQt5 or PyQt6. Support for PySide2 and PySide6 was added in version 0.3.0.

Code examples

import sys
from math import sin
from threading import Thread
from time import sleep

from PyQt6.QtWidgets import QApplication

from pglive.sources.data_connector import DataConnector
from pglive.sources.live_plot import LiveLinePlot
from pglive.sources.live_plot_widget import LivePlotWidget

In this example Line plot is displayed.
app = QApplication(sys.argv)
running = True

plot_widget = LivePlotWidget(title="Line Plot @ 100Hz")
plot_curve = LiveLinePlot()
# DataConnector holding 600 points and plots @ 100Hz
data_connector = DataConnector(plot_curve, max_points=600, update_rate=100)

def sin_wave_generator(connector):
    """Sine wave generator"""
    x = 0
    while running:
        x += 1
        data_point = sin(x * 0.01)
        # Callback to plot new data point
        connector.cb_append_data_point(data_point, x)

Thread(target=sin_wave_generator, args=(data_connector,)).start()
running = False


Plot example

To run built-in examples, use python3 -m parameter like:
python3 -m pglive.examples_pyqt6.all_plot_types
python3 -m pglive.examples_pyqt6.crosshair

Using PyQt5/6 designer

  1. Add QWidget to Your layout
  2. Promote QWidget to LivePlotWidget and set header file to pglive.sources.live_plot_widget
  3. Click Add and Promote button

All plot types

Available plot types

Pglive supports four plot types: LiveLinePlot, LiveScatterPlot, LiveHBarPlot (horizontal bar plot), LiveVBarPlot (vertical bar plot) and LiveCandleStickPlot.

All plot types CandleStick plot live-categorized-bar.gif

Plot speed optimizations

Scaling plot view to plotted data has a huge impact on plotting performance. Re-plotting might be laggy when using high update frequencies and multiple plots.
To increase plotting performance, pglive introduces LiveAxisRange, that can be used in LivePlotWidget. User can now specify when and how is new view of plotted data calculated.

Have a look in the example, to see how it can be used.


In case you want to plot wider area with LiveAxisRange you can use crop_offset_to_data flag. For example, you want to store 60 seconds, display 30 seconds in a view and move view every 1 second. You will have big empty space to the left without setting flag to True. Have a look into crop_offset_to_data example.


Introduced in v0.4.0


Pglive comes with built-in Crosshair as well.


Leading lines

Leading line displays horizontal or vertical line (or both) at the last plotted point.
You can choose it's color and which axis value is displayed along with it.

Leading lines


To make life easier, pglive includes few axis improvements:

  • Colored axis line using new axisPen attribute
  • Time and DateTime tick format, converting timestamp into human-readable format



  • With Pglive You've got easy Thread-safe implementation of fast Live plots
  • You can use all kwargs specified in pyqtgraph
  • Use your pyqtgraph plots with DataConnector directly, no need to use specific LivePlot class
  • Focus on Data Handling, not Data Plotting

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