The matplotlib basemap toolkit is a library for plotting 2D data on maps in Python. Basemap does not do any plotting on it’s own, but provides the facilities to transform coordinates to one of 25 different map projections (using the PROJ.4 C library). Matplotlib is then used to plot contours, images, vectors, lines or points in the transformed coordinates. Shoreline, river and political boundary datasets (from Generic Mapping Tools) are provided, along with methods for plotting them.

Status: Actively developed

Depends on: Matplotlib, Numpy

Optional extensions: PIL

Python versions: 2.4+, 3



pip install basemap

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