Creating an Axis

The Axis is a 2D axis that works well with automatic layouts. Here's how you create one

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()

ax = Axis(f[1, 1], xlabel = "x label", ylabel = "y label",
    title = "Title")


Plotting into an Axis

You can use all the normal mutating 2D plotting functions with an Axis. These functions return the created plot object. Omitting the ax argument plots into the current_axis(), which is usually the axis that was last created.

lineobject = lines!(ax, 0..10, sin, color = :red)
scatobject = scatter!(0:0.5:10, cos, color = :orange)


Deleting plots

You can delete a plot object directly via delete!(ax, plotobj). You can also remove all plots with empty!(ax).

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()

axs = [Axis(f[1, i]) for i in 1:3]

scatters = map(axs) do ax
    [scatter!(ax, 0:0.1:10, x -> sin(x) + i) for i in 1:3]

delete!(axs[2], scatters[2][2])


Setting Axis limits and reversing axes

You can set axis limits with the functions xlims!, ylims! or limits!. The numbers are meant in the order left right for xlims!, and bottom top for ylims!. Therefore, if the second number is smaller than the first, the respective axis will reverse. You can manually reverse an axis by setting ax.xreversed = true or ax.yreversed = true.

Note that if you enforce an aspect ratio between x-axis and y-axis using autolimitaspect, the values you set with these functions will probably not be exactly what you get, but they will be changed to fit the chosen ratio.

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()

axes = [Axis(f[i, j]) for j in 1:3, i in 1:2]

for (i, ax) in enumerate(axes)
    ax.title = "Axis $i"
    poly!(ax, Point2f[(9, 9), (3, 1), (1, 3)],
        color = cgrad(:inferno, 6, categorical = true)[i])

xlims!(axes[1], [0, 10]) # as vector
xlims!(axes[2], 10, 0) # separate, reversed
ylims!(axes[3], 0, 10) # separate
ylims!(axes[4], (10, 0)) # as tuple, reversed
limits!(axes[5], 0, 10, 0, 10) # x1, x2, y1, y2
limits!(axes[6], BBox(0, 10, 0, 10)) # as rectangle


Setting half-automatic limits

You can set half limits by either giving one argument as nothing or by using the keyword syntax where only low or high is given.

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()

data = rand(100, 2) .* 0.7 .+ 0.15

Axis(f[1, 1], title = "xlims!(nothing, 1)")
xlims!(nothing, 1)

Axis(f[1, 2], title = "xlims!(low = 0)")
xlims!(low = 0)

Axis(f[2, 1], title = "ylims!(0, nothing)")
ylims!(0, nothing)

Axis(f[2, 2], title = "ylims!(high = 1)")
ylims!(high = 1)


This also works when specifying limits directly, such as Axis(..., limits = (nothing, 1, 2, nothing)).

Auto-reset behavior

When you create a new plot in an axis, reset_limits!(ax) is called, which adjusts the limits to the new bounds. If you have previously set limits with limits!, xlims! or ylims!, these limits are not overridden by the new plot. If you want to override the manually set limits, call autolimits!(ax) to compute completely new limits from the axis content.

The user-defined limits are stored in ax.limits. This can either be a tuple with two entries, where each entry can be either nothing or a tuple with numbers (low, high).It can also be a tuple with four numbers (xlow, xhigh, ylow, yhigh). You can pass this directly when creating a new axis. The same observable limits is also set using limits!, xlims! and ylims!, or reset to (nothing, nothing) using autolimits!.

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()

lines(f[1, 1], 0..10, sin)
lines(f[1, 2], 0..10, sin, axis = (limits = (0, 10, -1, 1),))


Titles and subtitles

You can change titles and subtitles with the title and subtitle attributes. You can set subtitlefont, subtitlefontsize and subtitlecolor separately. The alignment of the subtitle follows that of the title.

The gap between title and subtitle is set with subtitlegap and the gap between Axis and title or subtitle with titlegap.

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()

    f[1, 1],
    title = "First Title",
    subtitle = "This is a longer subtitle"
    f[1, 2],
    title = "Second Title",
    subtitle = "This is a longer subtitle",
    titlealign = :left,
    subtitlecolor = :gray50,
    titlegap = 10,
    titlesize = 20,
    subtitlesize = 15,
    f[2, 1],
    title = "Third Title",
    titlecolor = :gray50,
    titlefont = :bold_italic,
    titlealign = :right,
    titlesize = 25,
    f[2, 2],
    title = "Fourth Title\nWith Line Break",
    subtitle = "This is an even longer subtitle,\nthat also has a line break.",
    titlealign = :left,
    subtitlegap = 2,
    titlegap = 5,
    subtitlefont = :italic,
    subtitlelineheight = 0.9,
    titlelineheight = 0.9,


Major and minor ticks

To control major ticks, you can set the axis attributes xticks and yticks as well as xtickformat and ytickformat. By default, tick locator and tick format are set to automatic and depend on the axis scale. For a normal linear scale, WilkinsonTicks are used and for log scales a variant that additionally formats the labels with exponents.

Predefined tick locators


Here is an example how different numbers affect the ticks chosen by the default tick locator, WilkinsonTicks. Note that the number is only a target, the actual number of ticks can be higher or lower depending on how the algorithm evaluates the options.

using CairoMakie

fig = Figure()
for (i, n) in enumerate([2, 4, 6])
    Axis(fig[i, 1],
        xticks = WilkinsonTicks(n),
        title = "WilkinsonTicks($n)",
        yticksvisible = false,
        yticklabelsvisible = false,


MultiplesTicks can be used when an axis should be marked at multiples of a certain number. A common scenario is plotting a trigonometric function which should be marked at pi intervals.

using CairoMakie

lines(0..20, sin, axis = (xticks = MultiplesTicks(4, pi, "π"),))

AbstractVector of numbers

using CairoMakie

lines(0..20, sin, axis = (xticks = 0:3:18,))

Tuple of tick values and tick labels

using CairoMakie

values = [0, 5, 10, 15, 20]
labels = ["zero", "five", "ten", "fifteen", "twenty"]

lines(0..20, sin, axis = (xticks = (values, labels),))



Wraps any other tick object. Used to apply a linear tick searching algorithm on a log-transformed interval.

For example, you could combine LogTicks with a custom tick locator that just returns all integers between the limits. This can be useful for log plots where all powers of 10 should be shown.

using CairoMakie

struct IntegerTicks end

Makie.get_tickvalues(::IntegerTicks, vmin, vmax) = ceil(Int, vmin) : floor(Int, vmax)

lines(10 .^ (0:0.01:10), axis = (yscale = log10, yticks = LogTicks(IntegerTicks())))

Predefined tick formatters

By default, Makie uses Showoff.showoff to display the vector of tick values. There are other options you can use to define the format of your ticks.


You can use any function as tick formatter that receives a vector of ticks and returns a vector of labels.

For example, you could append "k" for numbers larger than one thousand:

using CairoMakie

function k_suffix(values)
    map(values) do v
        if v >= 1000

f = Figure()
Axis(f[1, 1], xtickformat = k_suffix, limits = ((450, 1550), nothing))

Mirrored ticks

To display minor and major ticks on both sides of the axis, set xticksmirrored or yticksmirrored to true. Color, size and alignment of the mirrored ticks are the same as for the normal ticks.

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()
Axis(f[1, 1],
    xticks = 0:10,
    yticks = 0:10,
    xticksmirrored = true,
    yticksmirrored = true,
    xminorticksvisible = true,
    yminorticksvisible = true,
    xminortickalign = 1,
    yminortickalign = 1,
    xtickalign = 1,
    ytickalign = 1,

Format strings

You can use a format string which is passed to Formatting.format from Formatting.jl, where you can mix the formatted numbers with other text like in "{:.2f}ms".

Here are the same ticks with different format strings:

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()
for (i, str) in enumerate(["{:.1f}", "{:.2f}", "t = {:.4f}ms"])
    Axis(f[i, 1],
        xticks = 2:2:8,
        xtickformat = str,
        title = str,
        yticklabelsvisible = false,
        yticksvisible = false

Custom tick locators and formatters

The general logic to find ticks and tick labels is this: First, it's checked if tickvalues, ticklabels = Makie.get_ticks(ticklocator, scale, formatter, vmin, vmax) has a specific method for the current tick locator, axis scale, tick formatter, and axis limits vmin and vmax. If so, use the resulting tick values and tick labels directly. If not, run tickvalues = Makie.get_tickvalues(ticklocator, scale, vmin, vmax) and then ticklabels = Makie.get_ticklabels(formatter, tickvalues).

Therefore, you can overload one or more of these functions to implement custom tick locators and / or formatters.

Example: Time ticks

In this example we define a very simple tick locator for time values that has its own formatting logic. Therefore, we define only Makie.get_ticks for the case where the formatter is set to automatic.

Let's say that we're plotting data in a resolution of seconds, and want to switch between seconds, minutes and hours. The idea is to not actually implement new tick finding, just to rescale the values to use with the default tick locator and append the appropriate unit suffix.

using CairoMakie

struct TimeTicks end

function Makie.get_ticks(::TimeTicks, any_scale, ::Makie.Automatic, vmin, vmax)
    if vmax >= 3600
        # divide limits by 3600 before finding standard ticks
        vals_h = Makie.get_tickvalues(
            Makie.automatic, any_scale, vmin/3600, vmax/3600)
        labels = string.(vals_h, "h")
        # rescale tick values to seconds
        vals_s = vals_h .* 3600
    elseif vmax >= 60
        vals_min = Makie.get_tickvalues(
            Makie.automatic, any_scale, vmin/60, vmax/60)
        labels = string.(vals_min, "min")
        vals_s = vals_min .* 60
        vals_s = Makie.get_tickvalues(
            Makie.automatic, any_scale, vmin, vmax)
        labels = string.(vals_s, "s")
    vals_s, labels

f = Figure()
for (i, limits) in enumerate([(1, 55), (1, 350), (1, 8000)])
    Axis(f[i, 1],
        xticks = TimeTicks(),
        title = "$limits",
        yticklabelsvisible = false,
        yticksvisible = false,
        limits = (limits, nothing)

Minor ticks and grids

You can show minor ticks and grids by setting x/yminorticksvisible = true and x/yminorgridvisible = true which are off by default. You can set size, color, width, align etc. like for the normal ticks, but there are no labels. The x/yminorticks attributes control how minor ticks are computed given major ticks and axis limits. For that purpose you can create your own minortick type and overload Makie.get_minor_tickvalues(minorticks, tickvalues, vmin, vmax).

The default minor tick type is IntervalsBetween(n, mirror = true) where n gives the number of intervals each gap between major ticks is divided into with minor ticks, and mirror decides if outside of the major ticks there are more minor ticks with the same intervals as the adjacent gaps.

using CairoMakie

theme = Attributes(
    Axis = (
        xminorticksvisible = true,
        yminorticksvisible = true,
        xminorgridvisible = true,
        yminorgridvisible = true,

fig = with_theme(theme) do
    fig = Figure()
    axs = [Axis(fig[fldmod1(n, 2)...],
        title = "IntervalsBetween($(n+1))",
        xminorticks = IntervalsBetween(n+1),
        yminorticks = IntervalsBetween(n+1)) for n in 1:4]


Minor ticks can also be given as an AbstractVector of real numbers.

using CairoMakie

lines(1..10, sin, axis = (
    yminorgridvisible = true,
    yminorticksvisible = true,
    yminorticks = -0.9:0.1:0.9,
    yticks = [-1, 1],

Hiding Axis spines and decorations

You can hide all axis elements manually, by setting their specific visibility attributes to false, like xticklabelsvisible, but that can be tedious. There are a couple of convenience functions for this.

To hide spines, you can use hidespines!.

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()

ax1 = Axis(f[1, 1], title = "Axis 1")
ax2 = Axis(f[1, 2], title = "Axis 2")

hidespines!(ax2, :t, :r) # only top and right


To hide decorations, you can use hidedecorations!, or the specific hidexdecorations! and hideydecorations!. When hiding, you can set label = false, ticklabels = false, ticks = false, grid = false, minorgrid = false or minorticks = false as keyword arguments if you want to keep those elements. It's common, e.g., to hide everything but the grid lines in facet plots.

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()

ax1 = Axis(f[1, 1], title = "Axis 1")
ax2 = Axis(f[1, 2], title = "Axis 2")
ax3 = Axis(f[1, 3], title = "Axis 3")

hidexdecorations!(ax2, grid = false)
hideydecorations!(ax3, ticks = false)


Trimmed spines

The attributes xtrimspine and ytrimspine can be used to limit the respective spines to the range of the outermost major ticks. A tuple of Boolean values can be given to trim only one end of the spine.

using CairoMakie

hist(randn(100) ./ 4 .+ 5,
    strokewidth = 1,
    strokecolor = :black,
    axis = (
        xtrimspine = true,
        ytrimspine = (false, true),
        topspinevisible = false,
        rightspinevisible = false,
        title = "Trimmed spines",
        xgridvisible = false,
        ygridvisible = false,

Log scales and other axis scales

The two attributes xscale and yscale, which by default are set to identity, can be used to project the data in a nonlinear way, in addition to the linear zoom that the limits provide.

Take care that the axis limits always stay inside the limits appropriate for the chosen scaling function, for example, log functions fail for values x <= 0, sqrt for x < 0, etc.

using CairoMakie

data = LinRange(0.01, 0.99, 200)

f = Figure(resolution = (800, 800))

for (i, scale) in enumerate([identity, log10, log2, log, sqrt, Makie.logit])

    row, col = fldmod1(i, 2)
    Axis(f[row, col], yscale = scale, title = string(scale),
        yminorticksvisible = true, yminorgridvisible = true,
        yminorticks = IntervalsBetween(8))

    lines!(data, color = :blue)


Pseudolog and symlog scales

Some plotting functions, like barplots or density plots, have offset parameters which are usually zero, which you have to set to some non-zero value explicitly so they work in log axes.

using CairoMakie

processors = ["VAX-11/780", "Sun-4/260", "PowerPC 604",
    "Alpha 21164", "Intel Pentium III", "Intel Xeon"]
relative_speeds = [1, 9, 117, 280, 1779, 6505]

barplot(relative_speeds, fillto = 0.5,
    axis = (yscale = log10, ylabel ="relative speed",
        xticks = (1:6, processors), xticklabelrotation = pi/8))

ylims!(0.5, 10000)

Another option are pseudolog and symlog scales. Pseudolog is similar to log, but modified in order to work for zero and for negative values. The pseudolog10 function is defined as sign(x) * log10(abs(x) + 1).

Another option for symmetric log scales including zero is the symmetric log scale Symlog10, which combines a normal log scale with a linear scale between two boundary values around zero.

using CairoMakie

f = Figure(resolution = (800, 700))

lines(f[1, 1], -100:0.1:100, axis = (
    yscale = Makie.pseudolog10,
    title = "Pseudolog scale",
    yticks = [-100, -10, -1, 0, 1, 10, 100]))

lines(f[2, 1], -100:0.1:100, axis = (
    yscale = Makie.Symlog10(10.0),
    title = "Symlog10 with linear scaling between -10 and 10",
    yticks = [-100, -10, 0, 10, 100]))


Controlling Axis aspect ratios

If you're plotting images, you might want to force a specific aspect ratio of an axis, so that the images are not stretched. The default is that an axis uses all of the available space in the layout. You can use AxisAspect and DataAspect to control the aspect ratio. For example, AxisAspect(1) forces a square axis and AxisAspect(2) results in a rectangle with a width of two times the height. DataAspect uses the currently chosen axis limits and brings the axes into the same aspect ratio. This is the easiest to use with images. A different aspect ratio can only reduce the axis space that is being used, also it necessarily has to break the layout a little bit.

using CairoMakie
using FileIO

f = Figure()

axes = [Axis(f[i, j]) for i in 1:2, j in 1:3]

img = rotr90(load(assetpath("cow.png")))

for ax in axes
    image!(ax, img)

axes[1, 1].title = "Default"

axes[1, 2].title = "DataAspect"
axes[1, 2].aspect = DataAspect()

axes[1, 3].title = "AxisAspect(418/348)"
axes[1, 3].aspect = AxisAspect(418/348)

axes[2, 1].title = "AxisAspect(1)"
axes[2, 1].aspect = AxisAspect(1)

axes[2, 2].title = "AxisAspect(2)"
axes[2, 2].aspect = AxisAspect(2)

axes[2, 3].title = "AxisAspect(2/3)"
axes[2, 3].aspect = AxisAspect(2/3)


Controlling data aspect ratios

If you want the content of an axis to adhere to a certain data aspect ratio, there is another way than forcing the aspect ratio of the whole axis to be the same, and possibly breaking the layout. This works via the axis attribute autolimitaspect. It can either be set to nothing which means the data limits can have any arbitrary aspect ratio. Or it can be set to a number, in which case the targeted limits of the axis (that are computed by autolimits!) are enlarged to have the correct aspect ratio.

You can see the different ways to get a plot with an unstretched circle, using different ways of setting aspect ratios, in the following example.

using CairoMakie
using Animations

# scene setup for animation

container_scene = Scene(camera = campixel!, resolution = (1200, 1200))

t = Observable(0.0)

a_width = Animation([1, 7], [1200.0, 800], sineio(n=2, yoyo=true, postwait=0.5))
a_height = Animation([2.5, 8.5], [1200.0, 800], sineio(n=2, yoyo=true, postwait=0.5))

scene_area = lift(t) do t
    Recti(0, 0, round(Int, a_width(t)), round(Int, a_height(t)))

scene = Scene(container_scene, scene_area, camera = campixel!)

rect = poly!(scene, scene_area, color=RGBf(0.97, 0.97, 0.97), strokecolor=:transparent, strokewidth=0)

outer_layout = GridLayout(scene, alignmode = Outside(30))

# example begins here

layout = outer_layout[1, 1] = GridLayout()

titles = ["aspect enforced\nvia layout", "axis aspect\nset directly", "no aspect enforced", "data aspect conforms\nto axis size"]
axs = layout[1:2, 1:2] = [Axis(scene, title = t) for t in titles]

for a in axs
    lines!(a, Circle(Point2f(0, 0), 100f0))

rowsize!(layout, 1, Fixed(400))
# force the layout cell [1, 1] to be square
colsize!(layout, 1, Aspect(1, 1))

axs[2].aspect = 1
axs[4].autolimitaspect = 1

rects = layout[1:2, 1:2] = [Box(scene, color = (:black, 0.05),
    strokecolor = :transparent) for _ in 1:4]

record(container_scene, "example_circle_aspect_ratios.mp4", 0:1/30:9; framerate=30) do ti
    t[] = ti

Linking axes

You can link axes to each other. Every axis simply keeps track of a list of other axes which it updates when it is changed itself. You can link x and y dimensions separately.

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()

ax1 = Axis(f[1, 1])
ax2 = Axis(f[1, 2])
ax3 = Axis(f[2, 2])

linkyaxes!(ax1, ax2)
linkxaxes!(ax2, ax3)

ax1.title = "y linked"
ax2.title = "x & y linked"
ax3.title = "x linked"

for (i, ax) in enumerate([ax1, ax2, ax3])
    lines!(ax, 1:10, 1:10, color = "green")
    if i != 1
        lines!(ax, 11:20, 1:10, color = "red")
    if i != 3
        lines!(ax, 1:10, 11:20, color = "blue")


Aligning neighboring axis labels

When placing axes with different ticks next to each other it can be desirable to visually align the labels of these axes. By default, the space allocated for the ticklabels is minimized. This value can be fixed by using the functions tight_xticklabel_spacing!, tight_yticklabel_spacing! or tight_ticklabel_spacing! for both.

Note how x and y labels are misaligned in this figure due to different tick label lengths.

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()

ax1 = Axis(f[1, 1], title = "Axis 1", ylabel = "y label", ytickformat = "{:.3f}")
ax2 = Axis(f[2, 1], title = "Axis 2", ylabel = "y label", xlabel = "x label")
ax3 = Axis(f[2, 2], title = "Axis 3", xlabel = "x label", xtickformat = "{:.3f}", xticklabelrotation = pi/4)


To align the labels, we can set the xticklabelspace or yticklabelspace attributes of the linked axes to the maximum space.

yspace = maximum(tight_yticklabel_spacing!, [ax1, ax2])
xspace = maximum(tight_xticklabel_spacing!, [ax2, ax3])

ax1.yticklabelspace = yspace
ax2.yticklabelspace = yspace

ax2.xticklabelspace = xspace
ax3.xticklabelspace = xspace


Changing x and y axis position

By default, the x axis is at the bottom, and the y axis at the left side. You can change this with the attributes xaxisposition = :top and yaxisposition = :right.

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()

for i in 1:2, j in 1:2
        f[i, j],
        limits = (0, 5, 0, 5),
        xaxisposition = (i == 1 ? :top : :bottom),
        yaxisposition = (j == 1 ? :left : :right))


Creating a twin axis

There is currently no dedicated function to do this, but you can simply add an Axis on top of another, then hide everything but the second axis.

Here's an example how to do this with a second y axis on the right.

using CairoMakie

f = Figure()

ax1 = Axis(f[1, 1], yticklabelcolor = :blue)
ax2 = Axis(f[1, 1], yticklabelcolor = :red, yaxisposition = :right)

lines!(ax1, 0..10, sin, color = :blue)
lines!(ax2, 0..10, x -> 100 * cos(x), color = :red)


Axis interaction

An Axis has a couple of predefined interactions enabled.

Scroll zoom

You can zoom in an axis by scrolling in and out. If you press x or y while scrolling, the zoom movement is restricted to that dimension. These keys can be changed with the attributes xzoomkey and yzoomkey. You can also restrict the zoom dimensions all the time by setting the axis attributes xzoomlock or yzoomlock to true.

Drag pan

You can pan around the axis by right-clicking and dragging. If you press x or y while panning, the pan movement is restricted to that dimension. These keys can be changed with the attributes xpankey and ypankey. You can also restrict the pan dimensions all the time by setting the axis attributes xpanlock or ypanlock to true.

Limit reset

You can reset the limits with ctrl + leftclick. This is the same as doing reset_limits!(ax). This sets the limits back to the values stored in ax.limits, and if they are nothing, computes them automatically. If you have previously called limits!, xlims! or ylims!, these settings therefore stay intact when doing a limit reset.

You can alternatively press ctrl + shift + leftclick, which is the same as calling autolimits!(ax). This function ignores previously set limits and computes them all anew given the axis content.

Rectangle selection zoom

Left-click and drag zooms into the selected rectangular area. If you press x or y while panning, only the respective dimension is affected. You can also restrict the selection zoom dimensions all the time by setting the axis attributes xrectzoom or yrectzoom to true.

Custom interactions

The interaction system is an additional abstraction upon Makie's low-level event system to make it easier to quickly create your own interaction patterns.

Registering and deregistering interactions

To register a new interaction, call register_interaction!(ax, name::Symbol, interaction). The interaction argument can be of any type.

To remove an existing interaction completely, call deregister_interaction!(ax, name::Symbol). You can check which interactions are currently active by calling interactions(ax).

Activating and deactivating interactions

Often, you don't want to remove an interaction entirely but only disable it for a moment, then reenable it again. You can use the functions activate_interaction!(ax, name::Symbol) and deactivate_interaction!(ax, name::Symbol) for that.

Function interaction

If interaction is a Function, it should accept two arguments, which correspond to an event and the axis. This function will then be called whenever the axis generates an event.

Here's an example of such a function. Note that we use the special dispatch signature for Functions that allows to use the do-syntax:

register_interaction!(ax, :my_interaction) do event::MouseEvent, axis
    if event.type === MouseEventTypes.leftclick
        println("You clicked on the axis!")

As you can see, it's possible to restrict the type parameter of the event argument. Choices are one of MouseEvent, KeysEvent or ScrollEvent if you only want to handle a specific class. Your function can also have multiple methods dealing with each type.

Custom object interaction

The function option is most suitable for interactions that don't involve much state. A more verbose but flexible option is available. For this, you define a new type which typically holds all the state variables you're interested in.

Whenever the axis generates an event, it calls process_interaction(interaction, event, axis) on all stored interactions. By defining process_interaction for specific types of interaction and event, you can create more complex interaction patterns.

Here's an example with simple state handling where we allow left clicks while l is pressed, and right clicks while r is pressed:

mutable struct MyInteraction

function Makie.process_interaction(interaction::MyInteraction, event::MouseEvent, axis)
    if interaction.use_left_click && event.type === MouseEventTypes.leftclick
        println("Left click in correct mode")
    if interaction.allow_right_click && event.type === MouseEventTypes.rightclick
        println("Right click in correct mode")

function Makie.process_interaction(interaction::MyInteraction, event::KeysEvent, axis)
    interaction.allow_left_click = Keyboard.l in event.keys
    interaction.allow_right_click = Keyboard.r in event.keys

register_interaction!(ax, :left_and_right, MyInteraction(false, false))

Setup and cleanup

Some interactions might have more complex state involving plot objects that need to be setup or removed. For those purposes, you can overload the methods registration_setup!(parent, interaction) and deregistration_cleanup!(parent, interaction) which are called during registration and deregistration, respectively.