shows graphics with the specified options added.


shows several graphics combined.


  • Show can be used with Graphics and Graphics3D.
  • Show allows any option that can be applied to graphics to be given.
  • Options explicitly specified in Show override those included in the graphics expression.
  • Show[g1,g2,] or Show[{g1,g2,}] concatenates the graphics primitives in the gi, effectively overlaying the graphics.
  • The lists of nondefault options in the gi are concatenated.
  • Show applies the function defined as the setting for DisplayFunction, and returns the result. For ordinary notebook operation, this function is just Identity.


open allclose all

Basic Examples  (3)

Combine the plot of a curve with the plot of a list:

Combine the density plot with the contour plot:

Change options for existing graphics:

Options  (2)

DisplayFunction  (2)

Display a graphic in PopupWindow when clicked:

Display a graphic in a new notebook:

Applications  (1)

Import an elevation map and take a part of it:

Draw a relief-shaded map:

Draw contour lines:

Combine two plots:

Possible Issues  (1)

Show uses the options from the first graphic:

To see the entire graphic, use PlotRange->All:

Wolfram Research (1988), Show, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2007).


Wolfram Research (1988), Show, Wolfram Language function, (updated 2007).


@misc{reference.wolfram_2020_show, author="Wolfram Research", title="{Show}", year="2007", howpublished="\url{}", note=[Accessed: 22-January-2021 ]}


@online{reference.wolfram_2020_show, organization={Wolfram Research}, title={Show}, year={2007}, url={}, note=[Accessed: 22-January-2021 ]}


Wolfram Language. 1988. "Show." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2007.


Wolfram Language. (1988). Show. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from