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Returns the position of a plotted axis region



This function returns the position of the plotted region of an axis, which may differ from the actual axis position, depending on the axis limits, data aspect ratio, and plot box aspect ratio. The position is returned in the same units as the those used to define the axis itself. This function can only be used for a 2D plot.

Comments and Ratings (28)

Mike Wilson

Is there any way to view the readme file for plotboxpos that does NOT require using GitHub?

Lilla Horvath

Rob Campbell

Rob Campbell (view profile)

Just what I needed. Neatly coded. Thanks.

Arnaud Laurent

Arnaud Laurent (view profile)


Fritz (view profile)

Pierre Morel

Pierre Morel (view profile)

Kelly Kearney

Kelly Kearney (view profile)


As noted in the help, this function is only intended for 2D plots. The math gets much messier for 3D; if someone else wants to figure those calculations out I'd be happy to incorporate them, but I don't really have the motivation to do so myself. I've updated the description on this page to reflect this limitation.


Dmitry (view profile)

Nice function, but it does not work for 3d plots with daspect([1 1 1]) !


J.R. (view profile)

Please ignore my previous comment. It DOES work with colorbar present.


J.R. (view profile)

This function does a great job. However, when the colorbar is present in the figure, the function returns the plotted axis region as if a colorbar doesn't exist. I was graphing a pcolor plot with the colorbar on when I discovered this.


maf (view profile)


Nice Tool!
Saves me lot of time, thanks!


Eoghan (view profile)

Brilliant little function. Cheers!

Chad Greene

Chad Greene (view profile)

Thank you Kelly for solving a problem I've had for months. This function is well written. You've saved me a world of headaches.

Jeremy Fyke

Works as advertised - thanks.


Ajay (view profile)


Thanks so much. That's awesome!

This is fantastic. Thanks.


Brian Emery

Finds the position of the axes after modifying the DataAspectRatio and PlotBoxAspectRatio. This is exactly what I need, thanks!

Very useful function, thanks.
It's missing only a little test like:

if nargin < 1
h = gca;

and your function becomes perfect !
Thanks again.


dk (view profile)


Jakob (view profile)

Kelly Kearney

Carlos, getInUnits.m is available in the File Exchange: ( Sorry for the confusion; I will update the documentation on this page to clarify this.

Carlos Moffat

Kelly, getInUnits does not exist, as far as I can tall, as a MATLAB function.



Updated description to match the one on GitHub.


Linked to GitHub repository


- verified for R2014b graphics


Now defaults to current axis if no input provided. Also updated example image to a simpler one.


Small rewrite to remove dependency on external functions

Clarified use of another File Exchange function (getInUnits.m).

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