# How to Place the Legend Outside of a Matplotlib Plot

Often you may want to place the legend of a Matplotlib plot outside of the actual plot. Fortunately this is easy to do using the matplotlib.pyplot.legend() function combined with the bbox_to_anchor argument.

This tutorial shows several examples of how to use this function in practice.

### Example 1: Place Legend in Top Right Corner

The following code shows how to place the legend in the top right corner outside of a Matplotlib plot:

```import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

#create plot
plt.subplot(211)
plt.plot([2, 4, 6], label="First Data")
plt.plot([6, 4, 2], label="Second Data")

#place legend in top right corner
plt.legend(bbox_to_anchor=(1,1), loc="upper left")

#show plot
plt.show()
``` Note that the loc argument tells Matplotlib to place the upper left corner of the legend line at the (x,y) coordinates of (1,1) in the plot.

### Example 2: Place Legend in Bottom Right Corner

The following code shows how to place the legend in the bottom right corner outside of a Matplotlib plot:

```import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

#create plot
plt.subplot(211)
plt.plot([2, 4, 6], label="First Data")
plt.plot([6, 4, 2], label="Second Data")

#place legend in top right corner
plt.legend(bbox_to_anchor=(1,0), loc="lower left")

#show plot
plt.show()``` Note that the loc argument tells Matplotlib to place the lower left corner of the legend line at the (x,y) coordinates of (1,0) in the plot.

### Example 3: Place Legend Above Plot

The following code shows how to place the legend above the Matplotlib plot:

```import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

#create plot
plt.subplot(211)
plt.plot([2, 4, 6], label="First Data")
plt.plot([6, 4, 2], label="Second Data")

#place legend above plot
plt.legend(bbox_to_anchor=(0, 1, 1, 0), loc="lower left", mode="expand", ncol=2)

#show plot
plt.show()``` Note that the mode argument tells Matplotlib to expand the legend to the length of the plot and the ncol argument tells Matplotlib to place the legend labels in 2 columns.

We could also leave out the mode and ncol arguments if we simply want to place the legend in the top left corner above the plot: 