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How can i change the colours of segmentation on a chart pie?

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I have plotted a pie chart, but the colours of the segmentation does not appeal to there any way I can alter the colours?
Thank you.

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Adam Danz
Adam Danz on 6 Apr 2020
Edited: Adam Danz on 22 Jun 2020
Unforunately the pie() function does not allow you to directly specify the face color of each wedge as inputs.
Here are two ways to change the wedge colors after producing the pie plot.
Produce a demo pie chart & define colors
ax = gca();
pieData = [.3 .4 .3];
h = pie(ax, pieData);
% Define 3 colors, one for each of the 3 wedges
newColors = [...
1, 0.41016, 0.70313; %hot pink
0, 1, 0.49609; %spring green
0.59766, 0.19531, 0.79688]; %dark orchid
Option 1 : change the axes colormap
You can use on of Matlab's many pre-defined colormaps or you can create your own has we've done above. This works with pie() and pie3() objects.
% ax is the handle to the pie chart axes
% newColors is a nx3 matrix for n pie-wedges
ax.Colormap = newColors;
% to use a pre-defined colormap (in this example, 'Spring')
% h is the output to pie()
ax.Colormap = spring(numel(h)/2);
Option 2: Change the FaceColor of the wedges
For pie() objects
% h=pie() output is a vector of alternating patch and text handles.
% Isolate the patch handles
patchHand = findobj(h, 'Type', 'Patch');
% Set the color of all patches using the nx3 newColors matrix
set(patchHand, {'FaceColor'}, mat2cell(newColors, ones(size(newColors,1),1), 3))
% Or set the color of a single wedge
patchHand(2).FaceColor = 'r';
For pie3() objects
% Extract the surface and patch handles from the output to pie3()
surfaceHand = findobj(h, 'Type', 'Surface'); % edges
patchHand = findobj(h, 'Type', 'Patch'); % tops & bottoms
% Set the color all patches (tops & bottoms) and surfaces (edges) using the nx3 newColors matrix
set(surfaceHand, {'FaceColor'}, mat2cell(newColors, ones(size(newColors,1),1), 3));
set(patchHand, {'FaceColor'}, mat2cell(repelem(newColors,2,1), ones(size(newColors,1)*2,1), 3));

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Dave B
Dave B on 20 Sep 2023
Starting in R2023b we have a new piechart which is a little easier to change colors for. Here are some demos with our built in color palettes, and then one with a custom palette. You can use the colororder function to change them or set the ColorOrder property on the PieChart object.
vals = [1 1 2 3 5];
% use validatecolor as an easy way to turn hex values into RGBs
mypalette = validatecolor(["#3BA8ED" "#ED4747" "#2FEDD1" "#ED9418" "#24ED5D"], "multiple");


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