MATLAB Function Reference 
Syntax
axis([xmin xmax ymin ymax])
axis([xmin xmax ymin ymax zmin zmax cmin cmax])
v = axis
axis auto
axis manual
axis tight
axis fill
axis ij
axis xy
axis equal
axis image
axis square
axis vis3d
axis normal
axis off
axis on
Description
axis
manipulates commonly used axes properties. (See Algorithm section.)
axis([xmin xmax ymin ymax])
sets the limits for the x and yaxis of the current axes.
axis([xmin xmax ymin ymax zmin zmax cmin cmax])
sets the x, y, and zaxis limits and the color scaling limits (see caxis
) of the current axes.
v = axis
returns a row vector containing scaling factors for the x, y, and zaxis. v
has four or six components depending on whether the current axes is 2D or 3D, respectively. The returned values are the current axes' XLim
, Ylim
, and ZLim
properties.
axis auto
sets MATLAB to its default behavior of computing the current axes' limits automatically, based on the minimum and maximum values of x, y, and z data. You can restrict this automatic behavior to a specific axis. For example, axis
'auto
x'
computes only the xaxis limits automatically; axis
'auto yz'
computes the y and zaxis limits automatically.
axis manual and axis(axis)
freezes the scaling at the current limits, so that if hold
is on
, subsequent plots use the same limits. This sets the XLimMode
, YLimMode
, and ZLimMode
properties to manual
.
axis tight
sets the axis limits to the range of the data.
axis fill
sets the axis limits and PlotBoxAspectRatio
so that the axes fill the position rectangle. This option has an effect only if PlotBoxAspectRatioMode
or DataAspectRatioMode
are manual
.
axis ij
places the coordinate system origin in the upperleft corner. The iaxis is vertical, with values increasing from top to bottom. The jaxis is horizontal with values increasing from left to right.
axis xy
draws the graph in the default Cartesian axes format with the coordinate system origin in the lowerleft corner. The xaxis is horizontal with values increasing from left to right. The yaxis is vertical with values increasing from bottom to top.
axis equal
sets the aspect ratio so that the data units are the same in every direction. The aspect ratio of the x, y, and zaxis is adjusted automatically according to the range of data units in the x, y, and z directions.
axis image
is the same as axis equal
except that the plot box fits tightly around the data.
axis square
makes the current axes region square (or cubed when threedimensional). MATLAB adjusts the xaxis, yaxis, and zaxis so that they have equal lengths and adjusts the increments between data units accordingly.
axis vis3d
freezes aspect ratio properties to enable rotation of 3D objects and overrides stretchtofill.
axis normal
automatically adjusts the aspect ratio of the axes and the relative scaling of the data units so that the plot fits the figures shape as best as possible.
axis off
turns off all axis lines, tick marks, and labels.
axis on
turns on all axis lines, tick marks, and labels.
axis(
applies the axes_handles
,...)
axis
command to the specified axes. For example, the following statements
[mode,visibility,direction] = axis('state')
returns three strings indicating the current setting of axes properties:
Output Argument 
Strings Returned 






mode
is auto
if XLimMode
, YLimMode
, and ZLimMode
are all set to auto
. If XLimMode
, YLimMode
, or ZLimMode
is manual
, mode
is manual
.
Examples
use the automatic scaling of the yaxis based on ymax = tan(1.57)
, which is well over 1000:
The right figure shows a more satisfactory plot after typing
Algorithm
When you specify minimum and maximum values for the x, y, and zaxes, axis
sets the XLim
, Ylim
, and ZLim
properties for the current axes to the respective minimum and maximum values in the argument list. Additionally, the XLimMode
, YLimMode
, and ZLimMode
properties for the current axes are set to manual
.
axis auto
sets the current axes' XLimMode
, YLimMode
, and ZLimMode
properties to 'auto'
.
axis manual
sets the current axes' XLimMode
, YLimMode
, and ZLimMode
properties to 'manual'
.
The following table shows the values of the axes properties set by axis equal
, axis normal
, axis square
, and axis image
.
See Also
Properties of axes graphics objects
Axes Operations for related functions
Axes Properties  balance 