How to Place Matplotlib Charts on a Tkinter GUI

Often times, you may need to place matplotlib charts on a tkinter GUI. This feature is especially useful for users who deal with front-end GUIs.

And so, in this tutorial, I’ll show you the steps to place matplotlib charts on a tkinter GUI.

More specifically, I’ll show you how to embed the following charts on your GUI:

  • Bar
  • Line
  • Scatter

By the end of this tutorial, you’ll be able to create the following tkinter GUI with the embedded charts:

How to Place Matplotlib Charts on a Tkinter GUI

Let’s now review the steps to achieve this goal.

Steps to place matplotlib charts on a tkinter GUI

Step 1: Prepare the datasets for the charts

Firstly, you’ll need to prepare the datasets to be used as the input for the charts.

For illustration purposes, I created the following 3 datasets for our charts:

Data for the Bar Chart

CountryGDP_Per_Capita
US45000
CA42000
GER52000
UK49000
FR47000

Data for the Line Chart

YearUnemployment_Rate
19209.8
193012
19408
19507.2
19606.9
19707
19806.5
19906.2
20005.5
20106.3

Data for the Scatter Diagram

Interest_RateStock_Index_Price
51500
5.51520
61525
5.51523
5.251515
6.51540
71545
81560
7.51555
8.51565

Step 2: Create the DataFrames in Python

Next, you may utilize pandas DataFrame to capture the above data in Python.

Here is a template that you may use to create a DataFrame in Python:

from pandas import DataFrame

data = {'First Column Name': ['First value', 'Second value',…],
        'Second Column Name': ['First value', 'Second value',…],
         …
        }
df = DataFrame(data, columns = ['First Column Name','Second Column Name',…])

For our example, the datasets can be captured as follows:

from pandas import DataFrame
 
data1 = {'Country': ['US','CA','GER','UK','FR'],
         'GDP_Per_Capita': [45000,42000,52000,49000,47000]
        }
df1 = DataFrame(data1,columns=['Country','GDP_Per_Capita'])
print (df1)


data2 = {'Year': [1920,1930,1940,1950,1960,1970,1980,1990,2000,2010],
         'Unemployment_Rate': [9.8,12,8,7.2,6.9,7,6.5,6.2,5.5,6.3]
        }  
df2 = DataFrame(data2,columns=['Year','Unemployment_Rate'])
print (df2)


data3 = {'Interest_Rate': [5,5.5,6,5.5,5.25,6.5,7,8,7.5,8.5],
         'Stock_Index_Price': [1500,1520,1525,1523,1515,1540,1545,1560,1555,1565]
        }
df3 = DataFrame(data3,columns=['Interest_Rate','Stock_Index_Price'])
print (df3)

If you run the above code, you’ll get these 3 DataFrames:

3 DataFrames Python

You may want to check the following source that further explains how to create pandas DataFrame to capture your data in Python.

Step 3: Create the GUI

Next, you’ll need to create the tkinter GUI, so that you can place the charts on it.

To begin, you’ll need to import the tkinter and matplotlib modules as follows:

import tkinter as tk
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from matplotlib.backends.backend_tkagg import FigureCanvasTkAgg

Then, add the charts to the GUI by using this generic template:

figure = plt.Figure(figsize=(6,5), dpi=100)
ax = figure.add_subplot(111)
chart_type = FigureCanvasTkAgg(figure, root)
chart_type.get_tk_widget().pack()
df = df[['First Column','Second Column']].groupby('First Column').sum()
df.plot(kind='Chart Type such as bar', legend=True, ax=ax)
ax.set_title('The Title for your chart')

Slight variations may be applied to the above template, depending on the chart that you need to plot.

Putting everything together, your full Python code would look like this:

import tkinter as tk
from pandas import DataFrame
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from matplotlib.backends.backend_tkagg import FigureCanvasTkAgg

data1 = {'Country': ['US','CA','GER','UK','FR'],
         'GDP_Per_Capita': [45000,42000,52000,49000,47000]
        }
df1 = DataFrame(data1,columns=['Country','GDP_Per_Capita'])


data2 = {'Year': [1920,1930,1940,1950,1960,1970,1980,1990,2000,2010],
         'Unemployment_Rate': [9.8,12,8,7.2,6.9,7,6.5,6.2,5.5,6.3]
        }
df2 = DataFrame(data2,columns=['Year','Unemployment_Rate'])


data3 = {'Interest_Rate': [5,5.5,6,5.5,5.25,6.5,7,8,7.5,8.5],
         'Stock_Index_Price': [1500,1520,1525,1523,1515,1540,1545,1560,1555,1565]
        }  
df3 = DataFrame(data3,columns=['Interest_Rate','Stock_Index_Price'])
 

root= tk.Tk() 
  
figure1 = plt.Figure(figsize=(6,5), dpi=100)
ax1 = figure1.add_subplot(111)
bar1 = FigureCanvasTkAgg(figure1, root)
bar1.get_tk_widget().pack(side=tk.LEFT, fill=tk.BOTH)
df1 = df1[['Country','GDP_Per_Capita']].groupby('Country').sum()
df1.plot(kind='bar', legend=True, ax=ax1)
ax1.set_title('Country Vs. GDP Per Capita')

figure2 = plt.Figure(figsize=(5,4), dpi=100)
ax2 = figure2.add_subplot(111)
line2 = FigureCanvasTkAgg(figure2, root)
line2.get_tk_widget().pack(side=tk.LEFT, fill=tk.BOTH)
df2 = df2[['Year','Unemployment_Rate']].groupby('Year').sum()
df2.plot(kind='line', legend=True, ax=ax2, color='r',marker='o', fontsize=10)
ax2.set_title('Year Vs. Unemployment Rate')

figure3 = plt.Figure(figsize=(5,4), dpi=100)
ax3 = figure3.add_subplot(111)
ax3.scatter(df3['Interest_Rate'],df3['Stock_Index_Price'], color = 'g')
scatter3 = FigureCanvasTkAgg(figure3, root) 
scatter3.get_tk_widget().pack(side=tk.LEFT, fill=tk.BOTH)
ax3.legend(['Stock_Index_Price']) 
ax3.set_xlabel('Interest Rate')
ax3.set_title('Interest Rate Vs. Stock Index Price')

root.mainloop()

Step 4: Run the Python code

Run the above Python code, and you’ll see the matplotlib charts placed on the GUI:

How to Place Matplotlib Charts on a Tkinter GUI

That’s it! For additional information about the tkinter module, you may check the tkinter documentation.