plots the values y1, y2, in steps at points 1, 2, .


plots the values y1, y2, in steps at points x1, x2, .


plots data from all the datai.


plots using steps specified by step.


plots datai with features defined by the symbolic wrapper w.

Details and Options


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Basic Examples  (5)

Create a plot that stays level until the next point:

Draw the points in the middle of the steps:

Specify and coordinates:

Plot multiple curves with a legend:

Plot curves without the vertical segments:

Scope  (41)

General Data  (7)

Steps are drawn through the data points:

Use , pairs:

Show multiple sets of data:

Ranges where the data is nonreal are excluded:

Specify what values the data ranges over:

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:

Include different units for the and coordinates:

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:

Plot data in a SparseArray:

The weights in WeightedData are ignored:

Data Wrappers  (8)

Use wrappers on 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  (10)

Label data with Labeled:

Label data with PlotLabels:

Place the label near the points at an value:

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:

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:

Presentation  (10)

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:

Add labels:

Provide an interactive Tooltip for the data:

Create filled plots:

Use shapes to distinguish different datasets:

Use a theme with a dark background and vibrant colors:

Plot the data in a stacked layout:

Options  (74)

ClippingStyle  (3)

Omit clipped regions of the plot:

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

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

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:

DataRange  (5)

Lists of height values are displayed against the number of elements:

Rescale to the sampling space:

DataRange refers to the points, not the steps:

Specifying DataRange in this case has no effect, since values are part of the data:

By default, pairs of numbers are interpreted as and coordinates:

Force interpretation as multiple datasets:

Epilog  (1)

Add labels to each step:

Filling  (4)

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)

Use red color fill:

Fill with red below the axis and with blue above:

Fill with opacity 0.5 orange:

Use a variable filling style obtained from ColorFunction:

Frame  (1)

Draw a frame around a plot:

FrameLabel  (2)

Place labels on the left edge of the frame:

Place labels on the bottom and left frame edges:

GridLines  (2)

Put grids across a plot:

Draw grid lines at the specific positions:

GridLinesStyle  (1)

Use dotted grid lines:

Joined  (2)

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  (4)

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

Use different mesh specifications:

Use an explicit list of values for the mesh in the direction:

Specify style and mesh levels in the direction:

MeshFunctions  (1)

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

MeshShading  (2)

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

MeshShading can be used with PlotStyle:

MeshStyle  (1)

Use different mesh directives:

PlotLabel  (1)

Add an overall label to the plot:

PlotLabels  (4)

Specify text to label sets of points:

Place the labels above the points:

Use the keys from an Association as 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:

Plot the data as percentiles of the total of the values:

PlotLegends  (3)

Generate a legend using labels:

Legends use the same styles as the plot:

Place the legend inside the plot:

PlotMarkers  (3)

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

Automatically use colors and shapes to distinguish sets of data:

Use the same symbol for all the sets of data:

PlotRange  (3)

PlotRange is automatically calculated:

Show the whole dataset:

Choose the range to show:

PlotRangePadding  (1)

Include 5 coordinate units of padding on each side:

PlotStyle  (3)

Use different plot style directives:

By default, different styles are chosen for multiple plots:

Explicitly specify the style for different plots:

PlotTheme  (3)

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

Change the color scheme:

Use a theme with minimal styling:

Prolog  (1)

Draw an image behind the plot:

ScalingFunctions  (9)

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 different scales in the and directions:

Reverse the axis without changing the axis:

Use a scale defined by a function and its inverse:

Positions in Ticks and GridLines are automatically scaled:

PlotRange and AxesOrigin are automatically scaled:

Applications  (5)

Plot a digital signal:

Visualize the score in a soccer game:

Show the Fourier series approximation of a square wave:

Visualize the number of items in an inventory during a week:

Plot the atomic radius of the elements:

Wolfram Research (2015), ListStepPlot, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2019).


Wolfram Research (2015), ListStepPlot, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2019).


Wolfram Language. 2015. "ListStepPlot." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2019.


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


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