Is there a way to add a specific color to each group in a grouped bar plot (like hue in seaborns barplot)?

This is my code for plotting, where df is my pandas data frame with month, amount and type column labels. I would like to color by the “Type” column which in seaborn would be as simple as adding hue=“Type”. Is there a way to do this in hvplot?
    legend = True,

I am not sure what to add to cmap or color as the documentation is sparse.

Hi @sudo_reboot

Welcome to the community. That is a great question.

You can use the color attribute as I do below.

import pandas as pd
import hvplot.pandas

df = pd.DataFrame({
    "Month": ["Jan", "Feb", "Mar", "Jan", "Feb", "Mar"],
    "Amount": [100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150],
    "Group": ["A", "A", "A", "B", "B", "B"],
    "Type": ["green", "blue", "green", "red", "orange", "yellow"],

plot =
    legend = True,

import panel as pn




Regarding navigating the documentation - we really want to improve this. But there is actually already a lot of it right at your fingertips :slight_smile:

For example after defining the plot you can write print( to get the below help string.

That is where I found the documentation for the color attribute.

A vertical bar plot

A `bar` plot represents categorical data with rectangular bars
with heights proportional to the values that they represent. The x-axis
plots categories and the y axis represents the value scale.
The bars are of equal width which allows for instant comparison of data.

`bar` can be used on dataframes with regular Index or MultiIndex.


x : string, optional
    Field name to draw x-positions from. If not specified, the index is used.
y : string, optional
    Field name to draw y-positions from. If not specified, all numerical
    fields are used.
stacked : bool, optional
    If True, creates a stacked bar plot. Default is False.
color : str or array-like, optional.
    The color for each of the series. Possible values are:

    A single color string referred to by name, RGB or RGBA code, for instance 'red' or

    A sequence of color strings referred to by name, RGB or RGBA code, which will be used
    for each series recursively. For instance ['green','yellow'] each field’s line will be
    filled in green or yellow, alternatively. If there is only a single series to be
    plotted, then only the first color from the color list will be used.
**kwds : optional
    Additional keywords arguments are documented in `'bar')`.

A Holoviews object. You can `print` the object to study its composition and run

.. code-block::

    import holoviews as hv

to learn more about its parameters and options.


.. code-block::

    import hvplot.pandas
    import pandas as pd

    df = pd.DataFrame(
            "actual": [100, 150, 125, 140, 145, 135, 123],
            "forecast": [90, 160, 125, 150, 141, 141, 120],
            "numerical": [1.1, 1.9, 3.2, 3.8, 4.3, 5.0, 5.5],
            "date": pd.date_range("2022-01-03", "2022-01-09"),
            "string": ["Mon", "Tue", "Wed", "Thu", "Fri", "Sat", "Sun"],
    bar ="string", y="actual", color="#f16a6f", legend="bottom", xlabel="day", ylabel="value")

You can overlay for example a line plot via

.. code-block::

    forecast_line = df.hvplot.line(x="string", y="forecast", color="#1e85f7", line_width=5, legend="bottom")
    forecast_markers = df.hvplot.scatter(x="string", y="forecast", color="#1e85f7", size=100, legend="bottom")
    bar * forecast_line * forecast_markers

.. code-block::, rot=90, color=["#457278", "#615078"])


- Bokeh:
- HoloViews:
- Matplotlib:
- Pandas:
- Plotly:
- Wiki:

Generic options
clim: tuple
    Lower and upper bound of the color scale
cnorm (default='linear'): str
    Color scaling which must be one of 'linear', 'log' or 'eq_hist'
colorbar (default=False): boolean
    Enables a colorbar
fontscale: number
    Scales the size of all fonts by the same amount, e.g. fontscale=1.5
    enlarges all fonts (title, xticks, labels etc.) by 50%
fontsize: number or dict
    Set title, label and legend text to the same fontsize. Finer control
    by using a dict: {'title': '15pt', 'ylabel': '5px', 'ticks': 20}
flip_xaxis/flip_yaxis: boolean
    Whether to flip the axis left to right or up and down respectively
grid (default=False): boolean
    Whether to show a grid
hover : boolean
    Whether to show hover tooltips, default is True unless datashade is
    True in which case hover is False by default
hover_cols (default=[]): list or str
    Additional columns to add to the hover tool or 'all' which will
    includes all columns (including indexes if use_index is True).
invert (default=False): boolean
    Swaps x- and y-axis
frame_width/frame_height: int
    The width and height of the data area of the plot
legend (default=True): boolean or str
    Whether to show a legend, or a legend position
    ('top', 'bottom', 'left', 'right')
logx/logy (default=False): boolean
    Enables logarithmic x- and y-axis respectively
logz (default=False): boolean
    Enables logarithmic colormapping
loglog (default=False): boolean
    Enables logarithmic x- and y-axis
max_width/max_height: int
    The maximum width and height of the plot for responsive modes
min_width/min_height: int
    The minimum width and height of the plot for responsive modes
padding: number or tuple
    Fraction by which to increase auto-ranged extents to make
    datapoints more visible around borders. Supports tuples to
    specify different amount of padding for x- and y-axis and
    tuples of tuples to specify different amounts of padding for
    upper and lower bounds.
rescale_discrete_levels (default=True): boolean
    If `cnorm='eq_hist'` and there are only a few discrete values,
    then `rescale_discrete_levels=True` (the default) decreases
    the lower limit of the autoranged span so that the values are
    rendering towards the (more visible) top of the `cmap` range,
    thus avoiding washout of the lower values.  Has no effect if
responsive: boolean
    Whether the plot should responsively resize depending on the
    size of the browser. Responsive mode will only work if at
    least one dimension of the plot is left undefined, e.g. when
    width and height or width and aspect are set the plot is set
    to a fixed size, ignoring any responsive option.
rot: number
    Rotates the axis ticks along the x-axis by the specified
    number of degrees.
shared_axes (default=True): boolean
    Whether to link axes between plots
transforms (default={}): dict
    A dictionary of HoloViews dim transforms to apply before plotting
title (default=''): str
    Title for the plot
tools (default=[]): list
    List of tool instances or strings (e.g. ['tap', 'box_select'])
xaxis/yaxis: str or None
    Whether to show the x/y-axis and whether to place it at the
    'top'/'bottom' and 'left'/'right' respectively.
xformatter/yformatter (default=None): str or TickFormatter
    Formatter for the x-axis and y-axis (accepts printf formatter,
    e.g. '%.3f', and bokeh TickFormatter)
xlabel/ylabel/clabel (default=None): str
    Axis labels for the x-axis, y-axis, and colorbar
xlim/ylim (default=None): tuple or list
    Plot limits of the x- and y-axis
xticks/yticks (default=None): int or list
    Ticks along x- and y-axis specified as an integer, list of
    ticks positions, or list of tuples of the tick positions and labels
width (default=700)/height (default=300): int
    The width and height of the plot in pixels
attr_labels (default=None): bool
    Whether to use an xarray object's attributes as labels, defaults to
    None to allow best effort without throwing a warning. Set to True
    to see warning if the attrs can't be found, set to False to disable
    the behavior.
sort_date (default=True): bool
    Whether to sort the x-axis by date before plotting
symmetric (default=None): bool
    Whether the data are symmetric around zero. If left unset, the data
    will be checked for symmetry as long as the size is less than
check_symmetric_max (default=1000000):
    Size above which to stop checking for symmetry by default on the data.

Datashader options
aggregator (default=None):
    Aggregator to use when applying rasterize or datashade operation
    (valid options include 'mean', 'count', 'min', 'max' and more, and
    datashader reduction objects)
dynamic (default=True):
    Whether to return a dynamic plot which sends updates on widget and
    zoom/pan events or whether all the data should be embedded
    (warning: for large groupby operations embedded data can become
    very large if dynamic=False)
datashade (default=False):
    Whether to apply rasterization and shading (colormapping) using
    the Datashader library, returning an RGB object instead of
    individual points
dynspread (default=False):
    For plots generated with datashade=True or rasterize=True,
    automatically increase the point size when the data is sparse
    so that individual points become more visible
rasterize (default=False):
    Whether to apply rasterization using the Datashader library,
    returning an aggregated Image (to be colormapped by the
    plotting backend) instead of individual points
x_sampling/y_sampling (default=None):
    Specifies the smallest allowed sampling interval along the x/y axis.

Geographic options
coastline (default=False):
    Whether to display a coastline on top of the plot, setting
    coastline='10m'/'50m'/'110m' specifies a specific scale.
crs (default=None):
    Coordinate reference system of the data specified as Cartopy
    CRS object, proj.4 string or EPSG code.
features (default=None): dict or list
    A list of features or a dictionary of features and the scale
    at which to render it. Available features include 'borders',
    'coastline', 'lakes', 'land', 'ocean', 'rivers' and 'states'.
    Available scales include '10m'/'50m'/'110m'.
geo (default=False):
    Whether the plot should be treated as geographic (and assume
    PlateCarree, i.e. lat/lon coordinates).
global_extent (default=False):
    Whether to expand the plot extent to span the whole globe.
project (default=False):
    Whether to project the data before plotting (adds initial
    overhead but avoids projecting data when plot is dynamically
tiles (default=False):
    Whether to overlay the plot on a tile source. Tiles sources
    can be selected by name or a tiles object or class can be passed,
    the default is 'Wikipedia'.

Style options


Motivated by your question @sudo_reboot, I made a PR to improve the documentation of bar - especially for colors.

Feel free to take a look at the notebook in the PR and add your comments and suggestions to the PR.

Pull Request #1032

I think there is actually a bug in that the color order is incorrectly applied alphabetically to the grouping (not in the order specified). For example, this code is supposed to assign green and blue for each grouping but it doesn’t. Here the color should be green for group A and blue for group B, but it doesn’t come out that way.

df = pd.DataFrame({
    "Month": ["Jan", "Jan", "Feb", "Feb", "Mar", "Mar"],
    "Amount": [100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150],
    "Group": ["A", "B", "A", "B", "A", "B", ],
    "Type": ["green", "blue", "green", "blue", "green", "blue"],
    legend = True,


Oh and one more thing, I think if you sort by Group before running the hvplot command it works, so something might be wrong with the color matching.