User Guide

This user guide is intended to walk you through many common tasks that you might want to accomplish using Bokeh. The guide is arranged by topic:


Get set up and running quickly.

Defining Key Concepts

Learn important foundational concepts about how Bokeh is organized.

Plotting with Basic Glyphs

Make different kinds of plots using the simple but flexible glyph methods from the bokeh.plotting interface.

Providing Data

Provide data or subsets of data for plots and tables and share data between plots.

Creating Layouts

Combine multiple plots and widgets into specified layouts.

Handling Categorical Data

Handle categorical data with a variety of different techniques such as bar charts, categorical heatmaps, visual dodging, and jitter.

Visualizing Network Graphs

Create network graph visualizations with configurable node and edge interactions.

Mapping Geo Data

Working with geographical data—Google Maps, GeoJSON, Tile Rendering.

Configuring Plot Tools

Make interactive tools (like pan, zoom, select, and others) available on your plots.

Styling Visual Attributes

Customize every visual aspect of Bokeh plots—axes, grids, labels, glyphs, and more.

Adding Annotations

Add informational annotations, such as labels, arrows, and legends to plots.

Making Interactions

Create more sophisticated interactions including widgets or linked panning and selection.

Running a Bokeh Server

Deploy the Bokeh Server to build and publish sophisticated data applications.

Using with Jupyter

Integrate with the Jupyter ecosystem.

Exporting Plots

Learn how to export Bokeh layouts as PNGs and SVGs.

Embedding Bokeh Content

Embed static or server-based Bokeh plots and widgets into HTML documents in a variety of ways.

Using the Command Line

Use Bokeh’s capabilities from the command line with the bokeh command.

Extending Bokeh

Add new capability to Bokeh with custom user extensions.

Accelerating with WebGL

Improve performance for large datasets by using WebGL.

Exploring Other Tools

Use Bokeh together with libraries such as Datashader and HoloViews.

Developing with JavaScript

Create plots in JavaScript by using BokehJS directly.

The examples in the user guide are written to be as minimal as possible, while illustrating how to accomplish a single task within Bokeh. With a handful of exceptions, no outside libraries, such as NumPy or Pandas, are required to run the examples as written. However, Bokeh works well with NumPy, Pandas, or almost any array or table-like data structure.