Installing and Using the PLplot Library

The installation procedure is by necessity system specific; installation notes for each system are provided in Chapter 26. The procedure requires that all of the routines be compiled and they are then usually placed in a linkable library.

After the library has been created, you can write your main program to make the desired PLplot calls. Example programs in C, C++, Fortran77, Fortran95 and Java are included as a guide. Plots generated from the example programs are shown here.

You will then need to compile your program and link it with the PLplot library(s). See Chapter 26 for more details).

You can also use Tcl/Tk, Perl and Python scripts to generate plots using the PLplot libraries. Examples of these possibilities are also included as a guide.