# Is it possible to multiply the x coordinates of a plot by a certain factor using pgfplots

I have a pgf plot. Now the scale on the x-axis is at the moment frequency, hz, but it should be rad/s to save myself time exporting the file again is it possible to multiply the x-coordinate of every data point with a certain factor easily in pgf plots? In this case 2*pi?

use x expr as in

\addplot table[x expr=\thisrowno{0}*2*pi, y index=1] {\table};


assuming that your abscissas are stored in the first column of a table loaded in the macro \table and your ordinates in the second.

More details are given on page 29 of the pgfplots manual.

• How'd you do that with coordinates ? \addplot [...] coordinates { (0, 1) (1, 4) (2, 14) }; ? Apr 13 '15 at 12:46

Yes it is! From the pgfplots manual:

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{axis}[
xtick={0,1.5708,...,10},
domain=0:2*pi,
scaled x ticks={real:3.1415},
xtick scale label code/.code={$\cdot \pi$}]
\end{axis}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document} The option of interest is the scaled x ticks={real:3.1415}, which tells pgfplots to scale the x values by a factor of 3.1415. You can switch off the "times PI" part below the axis by removing the xtick scale label code/.code={$\cdot \pi$} code.

• the OP wants to multiply the domain by a certain factor (2\pi), not to change the tick labels appearance. See Alfred M. answer (or x filter key from the manual). Oct 6 '12 at 14:17
• But in the outcome, this should be the same, whether I scale the axis to show the "wrong" data points at the "right" x value or whether I multiply the values to get them to the right value, shouldn't it? Oct 6 '12 at 14:22
• Yes you are correct Benedikt, but that is not what I wanted. But thanks for your answer aswell :)
– WG-
Oct 6 '12 at 14:26
• As far as I can see, the real:<num> scales the axis by dividing all the axis points by <num>´´. So if you want to end up with {2\pi}^2, you would have to scale the axis with 1/(2\pi)... Oct 6 '12 at 14:45
• I think this answer should be more upvoted than the accepted answer because it is applicable to multiple \addplot within the same axis environment and also allows scaling if you have additional features (e.g. error bars). Feb 20 '20 at 15:04