Remove xticks in a matplotlib plot?


I have a semilogx plot and I would like to remove the xticks. I tried:


The grid disappears (ok), but small ticks (at the place of the main ticks) remain. How to remove them?

Asked By: Vincent



The plt.tick_params method is very useful for stuff like this. This code turns off major and minor ticks and removes the labels from the x-axis.

Note that there is also ax.tick_params for matplotlib.axes.Axes objects.

from matplotlib import pyplot as plt
    axis='x',          # changes apply to the x-axis
    which='both',      # both major and minor ticks are affected
    bottom=False,      # ticks along the bottom edge are off
    top=False,         # ticks along the top edge are off
    labelbottom=False) # labels along the bottom edge are off

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Answered By: John Vinyard

There is a better, and simpler, solution than the one given by John Vinyard. Use NullLocator:

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt


Hope that helps.

Answered By: dmcdougall

Try this to remove the labels (but not the ticks):

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

plt.setp( ax.get_xticklabels(), visible=False)


Answered By: auraham

Not exactly what the OP was asking for, but a simple way to disable all axes lines, ticks and labels is to simply call:

Answered By: Martin Spacek

Here is an alternative solution that I found on the matplotlib mailing list:

import matplotlib.pylab as plt

x = range(1000)
ax = plt.axes()
ax.semilogx(x, x)


Answered By: Tom Phillips

Alternatively, you can pass an empty tick position and label as

# for matplotlib.pyplot
# ---------------------
plt.xticks([], [])
# for axis object
# ---------------
# from Anakhand May 5 at 13:08
# for major ticks
# for minor ticks
ax.set_xticks([], minor=True)
Answered By: hashmuke

This snippet might help in removing the xticks only.

from matplotlib import pyplot as plt    

This snippet might help in removing the xticks and yticks both.

from matplotlib import pyplot as plt    
Answered By: Amitrajit Bose
# remove all the ticks (both axes), and tick labels on the Y axis
plt.tick_params(top='off', bottom='off', left='off', right='off', labelleft='off', labelbottom='on')
Answered By: Nishant Wattamwar

Those of you looking for a short command to switch off all ticks and labels should be fine with

plt.tick_params(top=False, bottom=False, left=False, right=False,
                labelleft=False, labelbottom=False)

which allows type bool for respective parameters since version matplotlib>=2.1.1

For custom tick settings, the docs are helpful:

Answered By: hahnec

Modify the following rc parameters by adding the commands to the script:

plt.rcParams['xtick.bottom'] = False
plt.rcParams['xtick.labelbottom'] = False

A sample matplotlibrc file is depicted in this section of the matplotlib documentation, which lists many other parameters like changing figure size, color of figure, animation settings, etc.

Answered By: losnihciL
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