## Question

Asked By – Jason Sundram

Based on this question about heatmaps in matplotlib, I wanted to move the x-axis titles to the top of the plot.

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
column_labels = list('ABCD')
row_labels = list('WXYZ')
data = np.random.rand(4,4)
fig, ax = plt.subplots()
heatmap = ax.pcolor(data, cmap=plt.cm.Blues)
# put the major ticks at the middle of each cell
ax.set_xticks(np.arange(data.shape[0])+0.5, minor=False)
ax.set_yticks(np.arange(data.shape[1])+0.5, minor=False)
# want a more natural, table-like display
ax.invert_yaxis()
ax.xaxis.set_label_position('top') # <-- This doesn't work!
ax.set_xticklabels(row_labels, minor=False)
ax.set_yticklabels(column_labels, minor=False)
plt.show()
```

However, calling matplotlib’s set_label_position (as notated above) doesn’t seem to have the desired effect. Here’s my output:

What am I doing wrong?

**Now we will see solution for issue: Moving x-axis to the top of a plot in matplotlib **

## Answer

Use

```
ax.xaxis.tick_top()
```

to place the tick marks at the top of the image. The command

```
ax.set_xlabel('X LABEL')
ax.xaxis.set_label_position('top')
```

affects the label, not the tick marks.

```
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import numpy as np
column_labels = list('ABCD')
row_labels = list('WXYZ')
data = np.random.rand(4, 4)
fig, ax = plt.subplots()
heatmap = ax.pcolor(data, cmap=plt.cm.Blues)
# put the major ticks at the middle of each cell
ax.set_xticks(np.arange(data.shape[1]) + 0.5, minor=False)
ax.set_yticks(np.arange(data.shape[0]) + 0.5, minor=False)
# want a more natural, table-like display
ax.invert_yaxis()
ax.xaxis.tick_top()
ax.set_xticklabels(column_labels, minor=False)
ax.set_yticklabels(row_labels, minor=False)
plt.show()
```

This question is answered By – unutbu

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