Line Plot Styles in MATLAB

By Jim Sizemore, John Paul Mueller

Part of MATLAB For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Whenever you create a plot in MATLAB, you need to identify the sources of information using more than just the lines. Creating a plot that uses differing line types and data point symbols makes the plot much easier for other people to use. The following table contains a listing of the line plot styles.

           Color                         Marker                              Style
Code Line Color Code Marker Style Code Line Style
b blue . point Solid
g green o circle : Dotted
r red x x-mark -. dash dot
c cyan + plus Dashed
m magenta * star (none) no line
y yellow s square
k black d diamond
w white v down triangle
^ up triangle
< left triangle
> right triangle
p 5-point star
h 6-point star

Remember that you can also use these styles with other kinds of plots. For example, a scatter plot can use these styles to define each of the data points. When in doubt, try the styles to see whether they work with your particular plot.