Plot arbitrary values from topic message paths, specified using message path syntax.
When playing back a pre-recorded data source (e.g. a local or remote
.bag file), this panel will preload the data belonging to the specified topic message paths for the whole playback timeline.
Current playback time will be indicated by a vertical gray bar.
The plot panel can be configured via the panel settings sidebar. Series can be added or removed
via the action buttons in the
Series section of the panel settings.
Using message path syntax, specify the path to the y-axis data you want to plot. Alternatively, enter a number to add a horizontal line at that value.
If you enter a message path that points to multiple values (e.g.
/some_topic/some_array[:].x), the plot will display a scatter plot of points at each x-axis tick.
Each series can be configured to display a descriptive label via the
Label field in settings.
There are 3 possible values for the x-axis:
- Incoming message timestamp
- Y-axis value indices
- Data at a user-specified message path
All Plot panels with a time-based x-axis will automatically be synced with each other – when a user pans or zooms in one time-based Plot panel, all other time-based Plot panels will pan or zoom accordingly to maintain the same viewport.
By default, the panel plots y-values against incoming messages' timestamp. It is possible to specify whether the timestamp is taken from a message's receive time or header stamp in each series' details menu. All Plot panels with timestamp x-axes in a given layout will be kept in sync for easy comparison.
In this mode, adding message path
/some_topic.some_array as a new line in the plot will chart that array's values against their respective indices. For example, if
/some_topic.some_array contained the values
[5, 10, 15], the resulting points on the chart would be
[1, 10], and
This plots just the data from the latest tick, and should always point to an array of values.
Using message path syntax, specify the path to the x-axis data you want to plot, e.g.
/some_topic.position.x. You can choose to plot data from just the most recent tick (
"msg path (current)") or from all matching messages throughout playback (
"msg path (accumulated)").
Click into the details menu for each data series in the legend to configure that series' line color and timestamp ordering method.
Scroll to zoom, and drag to pan. By default, scrolling will zoom horizontally only. To zoom vertically, hold
v while scrolling. To zoom horizontally and vertically at the same time, hold
b while scrolling. Click the
"reset view" button or double-click the panel to reset to the original viewport.
Hover over any point on the plot to see its details in a tooltip. You'll see a vertical yellow bar appear, as well as a corresponding yellow marker at the same on the playback timeline. Click to seek playback to the yellow marker on the timeline.
Click the download icon in the top left to download the plotted data as a
Math functions are available to append to your Plot panel's message paths:
.@derivative will not work with scatter plots (i.e. message paths that point to an array of values for each x-axis tick).
|Sync with other plots||Sync to other Plot panels with a timestamp-based x-axis|
|Position||Position of the legend in relation to the chart (Floating, Left, Top)|
|Show legend||Display the legend|
|Show values||Show the corresponding y value next to each series in the legend (either at the current playback time or at a point on user hover)|
|Show labels||Display label for the y-axis|
|Min||Fixed minimum value for y-axis|
|Max||Fixed maximum value for y-axis|
|Value||Value plotted on x-axis; a timestamp, an index or a message path|
|Show labels||Display label for the x-axis|
|Min||Fixed minimum value for x-axis|
|Max||Fixed maximum value for x-axis|
|Range (seconds)||Width of the plot's viewport as it follows playback (in seconds); time series only|
|Message path||Message path containing Y values for the series|
|Label||Label displayed in the legend for the series|
|Color||Color used to plot the series|
|Timestamp||Timestamp used for message ordering (|
- Scroll – Zoom in and out horizontally
v+ Scroll – Zoom in and out vertically
b+ Scroll – Zoom in and out both horizontally and vertically