I am working with flask in a virtual environment. I was able to install matplotlib with pip, and I can
import matplotlib in a Python session. However, when I import it as
matplotlib.pyplot as plt
I get the following error:
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt Traceback (most recent call last): File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module> File "//anaconda/envs/myenv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/matplotlib/pyplot.py", line 109, in <module> _backend_mod, new_figure_manager, draw_if_interactive, _show = pylab_setup() File "//anaconda/envs/myenv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/matplotlib/backends/__init__.py", line 32, in pylab_setup globals(),locals(),[backend_name],0) File "//anaconda/envs/myenv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/matplotlib/backends/backend_macosx.py", line 24, in <module> from matplotlib.backends import _macosx RuntimeError: Python is not installed as a framework. The Mac OS X backend will not be able to function correctly if Python is not installed as a framework. See the Python documentation for more information on installing Python as a framework on Mac OS X. Please either reinstall Python as a framework, or try one of the other backends.
I am confused about why it asks me to install Python as framework. Doesn’t it already exists? What does it mean to “install Python as framework”, and how do I install it?
This solution worked for me. If you already installed matplotlib using pip on your virtual environment, you can just type the following:
$ cd ~/.matplotlib $ nano matplotlibrc
And then, write
backend: TkAgg in there.
If you need more information, just go to the solution link.
I got the same error, and tried
You can fix this issue by using the backend Agg
matplotlibrcand add the following line
backend : Aggand it should work for you.
I run the program, no error, but also no plots, and I tried
it prints out that I haven’t got PyQt4 installed.
Then I tried another backend:
backend: TkAgg, it works!
So maybe we can try difference backends and some may work or install the requeired packages like PyQt4.
Here is a sample python snippet that you can try and test matplotlib.
import matplotlib matplotlib.use('TkAgg') import matplotlib.pyplot as plt plt.plot([1, 2, 3], [0, 3, 7]) plt.show()
I had similar problem when I used pip to install matplotlib. By default, it installed the latest version which was 1.5.0. However, I had another virtual environment with Python 3.4 and matplotlib 1.4.3 and this environment worked fine when I imported matplotlib.pyplot. Therefore, I installed the earlier version of matplotlib using the following:
cd path_to_virtual_environment # assume directory is called env3 env3/bin/pip install matplotlib==1.4.3
I know this is only a work-around, but it worked for me as a short-term fix.
If you do not want to set a
.matplotib/matplotlibrc configuration file, you can circumvent this issue by setting the
'Agg' backend at runtime right after importing
matplotlib and before importing
In : import matplotlib In : matplotlib.use('Agg') In : import matplotlib.pyplot as plt In : fig, ax = plt.subplots(1, 1) In : import numpy as np In : x = np.linspace(-1., 1.) In : y = np.sin(x) In : ax.plot(x, y) Out: [<matplotlib.lines.Line2D at 0x1057ecf10>] In [9=]: fig.savefig('myplot.png')
You can fix this issue by using the backend
User/yourname/.matplotlib and open/create
matplotlibrc and add the following line
backend : Agg and it should work for you.
Although most answers seem to point towards patching the
activate script to use the system python, I was having trouble getting that to work and an easy solution for me – though a little cringey – was to install matplotlib to the global environment and use that instead of a virtualenv instance. You can do this either by creating your virtualenv with the –system-site-packages flag like
virtualenv --system-site-packages foo, or to use the universal flag when pip installing like
pip install -U matplotlib.
A clean and easy solution is to create a kernel that sets
VIRTUAL_ENV and then uses the system Python executable (instead of the one in the virtualenv).
If you want to automate the creation of such a kernel, you can use the jupyter-virtualenv-osx script.