Blink Blink - 1 year ago 118
Python Question

Two line styles in legend

I have a plot with two line styles (solid and dashed). I would like them to be used for the same legend entry. The code below produces the typical legend, with two entries.

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np

xy = np.linspace(0,10,10)

plt.plot(xy,xy, c='k', label='solid')
plt.plot(xy,xy+1, c='k', ls='dashed', label='dashed')
plt.plot(xy,xy-1, c='k', ls='dashed')

What I would like is something similar to this:

I have tried playing with proxy artists, but can't seem to get two lines, offset from each other to appear for one entry.

Answer Source

I made a custom legend handler based off of the HandlerLineCollection class. It figures out how many lines there are in the collection and spreads them out vertically.

Example image:Image with multi-line legend

Here's the handler:

from matplotlib.legend_handler import HandlerLineCollection
from matplotlib.collections import LineCollection
from matplotlib.lines import Line2D

class HandlerDashedLines(HandlerLineCollection):
Custom Handler for LineCollection instances.
def create_artists(self, legend, orig_handle,
                   xdescent, ydescent, width, height, fontsize, trans):
    # figure out how many lines there are
    numlines = len(orig_handle.get_segments())
    xdata, xdata_marker = self.get_xdata(legend, xdescent, ydescent,
                                         width, height, fontsize)
    leglines = []
    # divide the vertical space where the lines will go
    # into equal parts based on the number of lines
    ydata = ((height) / (numlines + 1)) * np.ones(xdata.shape, float)
    # for each line, create the line at the proper location
    # and set the dash pattern
    for i in range(numlines):
        legline = Line2D(xdata, ydata * (numlines - i) - ydescent)
        self.update_prop(legline, orig_handle, legend)
        # set color, dash pattern, and linewidth to that
        # of the lines in linecollection
            color = orig_handle.get_colors()[i]
        except IndexError:
            color = orig_handle.get_colors()[0]
            dashes = orig_handle.get_dashes()[i]
        except IndexError:
            dashes = orig_handle.get_dashes()[0]
            lw = orig_handle.get_linewidths()[i]
        except IndexError:
            lw = orig_handle.get_linewidths()[0]
        if dashes[0] != None:
    return leglines

And here's an example of how to use it:

#make proxy artists
#make list of one line -- doesn't matter what the coordinates are
line = [[(0, 0)]]
#set up the line collections
lc = LineCollection(2 * line, linestyles = ['solid', 'dashed'], colors = ['black', 'black'])
lc2 = LineCollection(2 * line, linestyles = ['solid', 'dashed'], colors = ['blue', 'blue'])
lc3 = LineCollection(3 * line, linestyles = ['solid', 'dashed', 'solid'], colors = ['blue', 'red', 'green'])
#create the legend
plt.legend([lc, lc2, lc3], ['text', 'more text', 'extra line'], handler_map = {type(lc) : HandlerDashedLines()}, handlelength = 2.5)
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