# Interactive Spyder and Jupyter Matplotlib plots in separate window

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IPython console in Spyder IDE by default opens non-interactive Matplotlib plots in the same inline “notebook”.

### Fix

To open up separate windows for interactive figures in Spyder go to Spyder menu and set:

Tools → Preferences → Ipython Console → Graphics → Graphics Backend → Backend: “automatic”

Popout interactive figures are much more useful in general because one can

- probe the figure data
- zoom/pan the figure

unlike the static PNGs in the inline Jupyter notebook.

## Jupyter notebook

Jupyter notebooks can also have interactive plots. Instead of static inline notebook plots with

```
%matplotlib inline
```

for inline interactive plots in Jupyter:

```
%matplotlib notebook
```

Example code as below produces an interactive inline plot:

```
%matplotlib notebook
from matplotlib.pyplot import figure
ax = figure().gca()
ax.plot(range(5))
```

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jupyter,
matplotlib,
spyder

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python