# How to make IPython notebook matplotlib plot inline

###### Posted By: Anonymous

I am trying to use IPython notebook on MacOS X with Python 2.7.2 and IPython 1.1.0.

I cannot get matplotlib graphics to show up inline.

```
import matplotlib
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
%matplotlib inline
```

I have also tried `%pylab inline`

and the ipython command line arguments `--pylab=inline`

but this makes no difference.

```
x = np.linspace(0, 3*np.pi, 500)
plt.plot(x, np.sin(x**2))
plt.title('A simple chirp')
plt.show()
```

Instead of inline graphics, I get this:

```
<matplotlib.figure.Figure at 0x110b9c450>
```

And `matplotlib.get_backend()`

shows that I have the `'module://IPython.kernel.zmq.pylab.backend_inline'`

backend.

## Solution

I used `%matplotlib inline`

in the first cell of the notebook and it works. I think you should try:

```
%matplotlib inline
import matplotlib
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
```

You can also always start all your IPython kernels in inline mode by default by setting the following config options in your config files:

```
c.IPKernelApp.matplotlib=<CaselessStrEnum>
Default: None
Choices: ['auto', 'gtk', 'gtk3', 'inline', 'nbagg', 'notebook', 'osx', 'qt', 'qt4', 'qt5', 'tk', 'wx']
Configure matplotlib for interactive use with the default matplotlib backend.
```

###### Answered By: Anonymous

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