setting up matplotbib

Hi Nathanael,

Are you sure that you've actually installed the Matplotlib package for Python? You don't mention it in your e-mail.

What happens when you type:

import matplotlib

at the Python prompt (i.e. in Ipython)?

You can download a windows installer from


"Nathanael Berestycki" <nberestycki@...287...> 04/09/08 1:28 AM >>>

Hi all,

I am trying to setup matplotbib on my computer (which is unfortunately
running on windows) and for some reason, it doesn't seem to be working. I
believe I have downloaded everything I should have downloaded (Python 2.5,
numpy, ipython, lpng1226, zlib, gtk, and I'm probably forgetting a few other
things that I did download), yet when I open Ipython and plot the
recommended example


all I get is the error "NameError: name 'plot' is not defined".
Possibly, the things I downloaded did not go to the right directories. Does
anybody know if this matters, and if yes, where should the files be located?
Part of the problem also is that my computer skills are low, so I don't
understand many of the terms used (such as "backends", for instance - what
is it?).

I would really appreciate it if somebody could tell me what I should try to
do or point me to a step-by-step guide ! (I would really, really love to be
able to plot data I generate on Python...)

Many thanks in advance for your help,

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