How to change DPI in Matplotlib

Matplotlib can be used to output plot to PNG image files. To render for this bitmap format, Matplotlib uses a default DPI of 100. This is a surprisingly low DPI for plots. Thankfully, the DPI can be changed easily.

  • You can specify the DPI when you save a plot to a file:
using matplotlib.pyplot as mplot
mplot.savefig("foo.png", dpi=300)
  • If you want this DPI to be used for all output by Matplotlib, then set this line in your matplotlibrc file:
savefig.dpi: 300

Tried with: Matplotlib 1.4.3, Python 2.7.6 and Ubuntu 14.04

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