I know how to change the color for all axis in pgfplots:


This makes all four edges of the plot blue. Another example is there: PGFPlots: Change the color of axis lines

Question: How do I only change the color on one of the axis, for example the left y-axis?

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    Half an answer: separate axis lines,y axis line style={blue}. Changes only the y-axis lines, but both of them. Feb 5, 2013 at 16:21

2 Answers 2


There's no option to draw the individual lines using different styles at the moment. It's not too hard to add, though. If you copy the following code chunk into your preamble, you can set the axis line styles individually, so you could say

    separate axis lines,
    first x axis line style=red,
    second x axis line style={ultra thick, dashed},
    first y axis line style=blue
  \addplot {rnd};

to get

Here's the code chunk:

    every first x axis line/.style={},
    every first y axis line/.style={},
    every first z axis line/.style={},
    every second x axis line/.style={},
    every second y axis line/.style={},
    every second z axis line/.style={},
    first x axis line style/.style={/pgfplots/every first x axis line/.append style={#1}},
    first y axis line style/.style={/pgfplots/every first y axis line/.append style={#1}},
    first z axis line style/.style={/pgfplots/every first z axis line/.append style={#1}},
    second x axis line style/.style={/pgfplots/every second x axis line/.append style={#1}},
    second y axis line style/.style={/pgfplots/every second y axis line/.append style={#1}},
    second z axis line style/.style={/pgfplots/every second z axis line/.append style={#1}}

    \if2\csname pgfplots@#1axislinesnum\endcsname
        % centered axis lines handled elsewhere.
    \scope[/pgfplots/every outer #1 axis line,
        #1discont,decoration={pre length=\csname #1disstart\endcsname, post length=\csname #1disend\endcsname}]
            \draw [/pgfplots/every first #1 axis line] decorate {
                % exchange roles of A <-> B axes:
                \pgfplots@drawgridlines@onorientedsurf@fromto{\csname pgfplots@#2min\endcsname}%
            \draw [/pgfplots/every second #1 axis line] decorate {
                % exchange roles of A <-> B axes:
                \pgfplots@drawgridlines@onorientedsurf@fromto{\csname pgfplots@#2max\endcsname}%

Well, I use following trick to color the line as required.

To the color x-axis.

\addplot+[red, thick, mark=none] coordinates {(0, 0) (x-max, 0)};

To the color y-axis.

\addplot+[red, thick, mark=none] coordinates {(0, 0) (0, y-max)};

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