plots the values yi in steps at a sequence of dates.


plots the values yi in steps with dates at equal intervals specified by datespec.


plots the time series tseries.


plots data from all the datai.


plots using steps specified by step.


plots data datai with features defined by the symbolic wrapper w.

Details and Options


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Basic Examples  (4)

Create a plot that stays level until the next date:

Draw the date points in the middle of the steps:

Plot monthly values, starting in August 2000:

Plot multiple curves with a legend:

Add labels for each data:

Plot curves without the vertical segments:

Scope  (44)

Data  (11)

Steps are drawn through the date points:

Plot time and event series:

Plot a series of data using an initial starting date or time:

Plot data spaced equally in time between a starting and ending date:

Plot data gathered on the 15^(th) day of each month, starting in January:

Dates given as DateString specifications:

Use AbsoluteTime specifications:

Show multiple time series:

The plot range is selected automatically:

Use PlotRange to focus in on areas of interest:

Use ScalingFunctions to scale the axes:

Special Data  (6)

Use Quantity to include units with the data:

Plot data in a QuantityArray:

Specify the units used with TargetUnits:

Numeric values in an Association are used as the coordinates:

Numeric keys and values in an Association are used as the and coordinates:

Plot TimeSeries directly:

The weights in WeightedData are ignored:

Use a sparse array to represent the values:

Wrappers  (8)

Use wrappers on individual data, datasets, or collections of datasets:

Wrappers can be nested:

Use the value of each point as a tooltip:

Use a specific label for all the points:

Use PopupWindow to provide additional drilldown information:

Button can be used to trigger any action:

Use Annotation for dynamic action when the mouse enters the plot:

Use Hyperlink to jump to the specified link when clicked:

Use StatusArea to display a string in the status area of the current notebook:

Labeling and Legending  (13)

Label data with Labeled:

Label data with PlotLabels:

Place the label near the points at an date:

Use a scaled position:

Specify the text position relative to the point:

Label points with automatically positioned text:

Place the labels relative to the points:

Specify the maximum size of labels:

Use the full label:

For dense sets of points, some labels may be turned into tooltips by default:

Increasing the size of the plot will show more labels:

Label data automatically with Callout:

Place a label with a specific location:

Include legends for each curve:

Use Legended to provide a legend for a specific dataset:

Use Placed to change the legend location:

Use association keys as labels:

Plots usually have interactive callouts showing the coordinates when you mouse over them:

Including specific wrappers or interactions, such as tooltips, turns off the interactive features:

Presentation  (6)

Multiple curves are automatically colored to be distinct:

Provide explicit styling to different curves:

Include legends for each curve:

Use Legended to provide a legend for a specific dataset:

Provide an interactive Tooltip for the curve:

Use tooltips for each point:

Create filled plots:

Use shapes to distinguish different datasets:

Use a theme with simple ticks in a bold color scheme:

Use a theme with bright colors on a dark background:

Plot the data in a stacked layout:

Options  (47)

ClippingStyle  (1)

Omit clipped regions of the plot:

Show clipped regions as red at the bottom and the top:

Use PlotRange->All to not clip:

ColorFunction  (4)

Color with a named color scheme:

Color by scaled and coordinates:

Fill with the color used for the curve:

ColorFunction has higher priority than PlotStyle for coloring the curve:

ColorFunctionScaling  (2)

Color the line based on scaled value:

Color the line based on unscaled value:

DateFunction  (1)

By default, numeric times correspond to AbsoluteTime:

Interpret them as UnixTime:

DateTicksFormat  (1)

Control how dates are formatted in labels:

Filling  (2)

Explicitly specify the filling style for different plots:

Fills that overlap combine using opacity by default:

Fill from the second curve to the first:

Fill the region between two curves with light gray:

FillingStyle  (3)

Fill with red to the axis:

Fill with red below the axis and with blue above:

Fill with 50% opaque orange:

Use a variable filling style obtained from ColorFunction:

GridLines  (1)

Put grids across a plot:

Draw grid lines at the specific positions:

GridLinesStyle  (1)

Use dotted grid lines:

Joined  (1)

By default, the horizontal steps are joined by vertical segments:

Use Joined->False to create a plot without the vertical segments:

LabelingSize  (4)

Textual labels are shown at their actual sizes:

Image labels are automatically resized:

Specify a maximum size for textual labels:

Specify a maximum size for image labels:

Show image labels at their natural sizes:

Mesh  (1)

Use Mesh->Full to show the point for each step:

Use different mesh specifications:

MeshFunctions  (1)

Show seven mesh levels in the direction (red) and 10 mesh levels in the direction (blue):

MeshShading  (1)

Alternate red and blue segments of equal width in the direction:

MeshShading can be used with PlotStyle:

MeshStyle  (1)

Use different mesh directives:

PlotHighlighting  (1)

Plots have interactive coordinate callouts with the default setting PlotHighlightingAutomatic:

PlotLabel  (1)

Add an overall label to the plot:

PlotLabels  (4)

Specify text to label curves:

Place the label above the data:

Place the label below the data at a specific date:

PlotLabels->Automatic uses keys of an association as data labels:

Use None to not add a label:

PlotLayout  (1)

By default, curves are overlaid on each other:

Plot the data in a stacked layout:

PlotLegends  (1)

Generate a legend using labels:

Legends use the same styles as the plot:

Place the legend inside the plot:

PlotMarkers  (2)

Use PlotMarkers->Automatic to show the point for each step:

Automatically use colors and shapes to distinguish sets of data:

Use text or typeset labels to distinguish datasets:

Use the same symbol for all the sets of data:

PlotRange  (1)

PlotRange is automatically calculated:

Show the whole dataset:

Choose the range to show:

PlotStyle  (2)

Use different plot style directives:

By default, different styles are chosen for multiple plots:

Explicitly specify the style for different plots:

PlotTheme  (1)

Use a theme with simple styling in a bright color scheme:

Change the color scheme:

Use a theme with minimal styling:

ScalingFunctions  (7)

By default, plots have linear scales in each direction:

Use a log scale in the direction:

Use a linear scale in the direction that shows smaller numbers at the top:

Use a reciprocal scale in the direction:

Use a scale defined by a function and its inverse:

Positions in FrameTicks and GridLines are automatically scaled:

PlotRange is automatically scaled:

TargetUnits  (1)

Units are automatically extracted from the data:

Specify the units:

Applications  (7)

Plot a digital signal:

Visualize the number of items in an inventory:

Show the total precipitation of Boston Logan International Airport from January 1, 2000, to December 31, 2005:

Plot stepwise the GDP of France from 1985 to 2005:

Show values averaged over monthly intervals:

Show the simulation of a Poisson process with :

Show the simulation of a M/M/1 queue where the state is the number of jobs in the system:

Properties & Relations  (4)

DateListStepPlot does not interpolate between values:

Use DateListPlot to linearly interpolate between values:

Use cubic interpolation:

ListStepPlot does not interpret the values as being dates or times:

DateListStepPlot plots values associated with dates:

Use DateHistogram to plot counts from a list of dates:

Use TradingChart for a chart showing prices and volume for each date :

Wolfram Research (2015), DateListStepPlot, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2023).


Wolfram Research (2015), DateListStepPlot, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2023).


Wolfram Language. 2015. "DateListStepPlot." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2023.


Wolfram Language. (2015). DateListStepPlot. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from


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