I am trying to generate an interactive plot that depends on widgets.
The problem I have is that when I change parameters using the slider, a new plot is done after the previous one, instead I would expect only one plot changing according to the parameters.


from ipywidgets import interact, interactive, fixed, interact_manual
import ipywidgets as widgets

import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
%matplotlib inline

import numpy as np

def plot_func(freq):
    x = np.linspace(0, 2*np.pi)
    y = np.sin(x * freq)
    plt.plot(x, y)

interact(plot_func, freq = widgets.FloatSlider(value=7.5,

After moving the slider to 4.0, I have:

enter image description here

while I just want one figure to change as I move the slider.
How can I achieve this?

(I am using Python 2.7, matplotlib 2.0 and I have just updated notebook and jupyter to the latest version. let me know if further info is needed.)

As you want to change the figure, instead of creating a new one, may I suggest the following way:

  1. Use an interactive backend; %matplotlib notebook
  2. Update the line in the plot, instead of drawing new ones.

So the code could look something like this:

%matplotlib notebook
from ipywidgets import *
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

x = np.linspace(0, 2 * np.pi)
fig = plt.figure()
ax = fig.add_subplot(1, 1, 1)
line, = ax.plot(x, np.sin(x))

def update(w = 1.0):
    line.set_ydata(np.sin(w * x))


enter image description here

Alternatively you may use plt.show() as in this answer.

This is an issue (?) introduced in the last version of jupyter and/or ipywidgets. One workaround I found was to add the line plt.show() at the end of plot_func.