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Rotating custom tick labels in Matplotlib

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Text, Label and Annotations Cookbook
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To rotate custom tick labels in Matplotlib we can leverage the set_xticklabels(~) method:

x = [1,2,3,4]
y = [3,4,5,6]

#Specifying our custom tick labels
x_labels = ["My tick label %i" % i for i in range(len(y))]
plt.plot(x,y, 'o-')

ax = plt.gca()
ax.set_xticks(x)

#Rotating our custom tick labels
ax.set_xticklabels(x_labels, rotation=40, ha="right")
plt.show()

The ha parameter, which stands for horizontal alignment, ensures that the tick labels are right-aligned to the ticks.

The output is as follows:

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