How to save a Matplotlib plot in SVG format in Python

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The SVG format comes with a few benefits but also some disadvantages.

SVG is really good for high-resolution graphics. It can also be edited by a designer in an SVG editor such as Adobe Illustrator.

Here is how to save a Matplotlib plot in SVG format.

# For our example dataframe
import pandas as pd
# For our plot
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

# Generating sample data
df = pd.DataFrame({"col1":range(10)})

# Creating a figure and the axes for our plots
# We set the figsize to 12 inches wide and 6 inches tall 
fig, axes = plt.subplots(1,1, figsize=(6,4)) 

# We plot

# We make our canvas tidy and clean

# We save the graph in svg format

Here you are! You now know how to save a Matplotlib plot in SVG.

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