Plotting PyClaw results

PyClaw relies on the VisClaw package for easy plotting, although it is of course possible to load the output into other visualization packages. VisClaw supports 1D and 2D plotting; for 3D plotting, we recommend using the old Clawpack MATLAB routines for now.

This page gives some very basic information; for more detail, see Plotting with Visclaw in VisClaw’s documentation.


VisClaw includes routines for creating HTML and LaTex plot pages or plotting interactively. These require a file that defines the plotting parameters; see Plotting options in Python. for more information. Once you have an appropriate file, there are some convenience functions in $PYCLAW/src/petclaw/ for generating these plots. Assuming you have output files in ./_output (which is the default), you can generate HTML pages with plots from Python via

>>> from clawpack.pyclaw import plot
>>> plot.html_plot() 

This will generate HTML pages with plots and print out a message with the location of the HTML file. To launch an interactive plotting session from within Python, do

>>> from clawpack.pyclaw import plot
>>> plot.interactive_plot() 

To see a list of commands available in the resulting interactive environment, type “?” or see Interactive plotting with Iplotclaw.

Plotting result from parallel runs

By default, when running in parallel, PyClaw outputs data in a binary format. In order to plot from such files, just replace pyclaw with petclaw in the commands above; e.g.

>>> from clawpack.petclaw import plot
>>> plot.interactive_plot()