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Line Graphs in Plotly 2.0

Creating a graph that compares two variables

Step 1

Try an Example

A line graph is a quick and simple way to connect each data point together.

After selecting 'Line plot' under 'Chart Type', you can check out an example before adding your own data. Clicking the 'try an example' button will show what a sample chart looks like after adding data and playing with the style. You'll also see what labels and style attributes were selected for this specific chart, as well as the end result.

Example after

You can also use the data featured in this tutorial by clicking on 'Open This Data in Plotly' on the left-hand side. It'll open in your workspace.

Open data

Step 2

Add Your Data to Plotly

Head to Plotly’s new online workspace and add your data. You have the option of typing directly in the grid, uploading your file, or entering a URL of an online dataset. Plotly accepts .xls, .xlsx, or .csv files. For more information on how to enter your data, see this tutorial.

Import data main

Step 3

Create Your Chart

After adding your own data, go to GRAPH on the left-hand side, then 'Create'. Choose 'Line plot' under 'Chart type'.

Choose chart main

Click on GRAPH on the left-hand side to add your x-axis and y-axis to your line plot. After selecting ‘Line plot', you should then fill out the X and Y dropdown to create the plot.

Adding x and y axis

This will create a raw line plot, as seen below.

Raw chart

Step 4

Style a Chart

You can choose your colors, text position, or typeface. Click on STYLE on the left-hand side to play around with the style of your chart.

To change the colors, click on ‘Traces’ under the same STYLE tab. Note that certain colors and typeface are only available with a PRO subscription. Click here to upgrade!

Colour main

To add a title to your plot, you can type it directly on the title by double-clicking it.

Type directly title

The same can be done for the axis labels, and legend.

Type directly axis

Another option is to visit the 'Layout' section under STYLE, click on 'Text' and enter your title in the box, as shown below.

Type in layout panel

Step 5

Save and Share

Your chart is now done! Click SAVE on the left-hand side.

Save main

Give your PLOT and DATA a filename and select them as 'Public' or 'Private'. For more information on how sharing works, including the difference between private, public, and secret sharing, visit this page.

Save pop-up

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