Declarative Visualization in Python


Altair is a declarative statistical visualization library for Python, based on Vega-Lite.

With Altair, you can spend more time understanding your data and its meaning. Altair’s API is simple, friendly and consistent and built on top of the powerful Vega-Lite visualization grammar. This elegant simplicity produces beautiful and effective visualizations with a minimal amount of code.

Note: Altair and the underlying Vega-Lite library are under active development; new plot types and streamlined plotting interfaces will be added in future releases. Please stay tuned for developments in the coming months! – October 2016


Here is an example of using the Altair API to quickly visualize a dataset:

from altair import Chart, load_dataset

# load built-in dataset as a pandas DataFrame
cars = load_dataset('cars')


The key idea is that you are declaring links between data columns to encoding channels, such as the x-axis, y-axis, color, etc. and the rest of the plot details are handled automatically. Building on this declarative plotting idea, a surprising number of useful plots and visualizations can be created.

More examples are available in the Example Gallery, or you can work through one of the Altair Tutorials. The full documentation listing is available below.

Bug Reports & Questions

Altair is BSD-licensed and the source is available on GitHub. If any questions or issues come up as you use Altair, please get in touch via the Issues tracker there.

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