Makie allows you to change almost every visual aspect of your plots via attributes. You can set attributes whenever you create an object, or you define a general style that is then used as the default by all following objects.

You can call set_theme!(theme; kwargs...) to change the current default theme to theme and override or add attributes given by kwargs. You can also reset your changes by calling set_theme!() without arguments.

Let's create a plot with the default theme:

using GLMakie

function example_plot()
    f = Figure(resolution = (1000, 800))
    for i in 1:2, j in 1:2
        lines(f[i, j], cumsum(randn(1000)))


Now we define a theme which changes the default fontsize, activate it, and plot.

fontsize_theme = Theme(fontsize = 10)


This theme will be active until we call set_theme!().


Because it can be tedious to remember to switch themes off which you need only temporarily, there's the function with_theme(f, theme) which handles the resetting for you automatically, even if you encounter an error while running f.

with_theme(fontsize_theme) do

You can also pass additional keywords to add or override attributes in your theme:

with_theme(fontsize_theme, fontsize = 25) do

Theming layoutable objects

Every Layoutable such as Axis, Legend, Colorbar, etc. can be themed by using its type name as a key in your theme.

Here is how you could define a simple ggplot-like style for your axes:

ggplot_theme = Theme(
    Axis = (
        backgroundcolor = :gray90,
        leftspinevisible = false,
        rightspinevisible = false,
        bottomspinevisible = false,
        topspinevisible = false,
        xgridcolor = :white,
        ygridcolor = :white,

with_theme(example_plot, ggplot_theme)

Special attributes

You can use the keys rowgap and colgap to change the default grid layout gaps.