Python - Draw candlestick_ohlc using the new mplfinance

By xngo on March 1, 2020

Good news!
The mpl-finance package of matplotlib has been unmaintained for quite some time now. Luckily, in November 2019, Daniel Goldfarb picked up the project and became the maintainer. The project is forked into the new project at The new API is even easier to use than before. Here is how to install and use it.


pip install --upgrade mplfinance

Draw candlestick chart

import pandas as pd
import mplfinance as mpf
# Load data file.
df = pd.read_csv('SP500_NOV2019_Hist.csv', index_col=0, parse_dates=True)
# Plot candlestick.
# Add volume.
# Add moving averages: 3,6,9.
# Save graph to *.png.
mpf.plot(df, type='candle', style='charles',
            title='S&P 500, Nov 2019',
            ylabel='Price ($)',
            ylabel_lower='Shares \nTraded',

Output chart

mplfiance - Candlestick with moving averages and volume

Test data


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Xuan Ngo is the founder of He currently lives in Montreal, Canada. He loves to write about programming and open source subjects.