# arrows

**—**

__MakieCore.arrows__*Function*.

```
arrows(points, directions; kwargs...)
arrows(x, y, u, v)
arrows(x::AbstractVector, y::AbstractVector, u::AbstractMatrix, v::AbstractMatrix)
arrows(x, y, z, u, v, w)
arrows(x, y, [z], f::Function)
```

Plots arrows at the specified points with the specified components. `u`

and `v`

are interpreted as vector components (`u`

being the x and `v`

being the y), and the vectors are plotted with the tails at `x`

, `y`

.

If `x, y, u, v`

are `<: AbstractVector`

, then each 'row' is plotted as a single vector.

If `u, v`

are `<: AbstractMatrix`

, then `x`

and `y`

are interpreted as specifications for a grid, and `u, v`

are plotted as arrows along the grid.

`arrows`

can also work in three dimensions.

If a `Function`

is provided in place of `u, v, [w]`

, then it must accept a `Point`

as input, and return an appropriately dimensioned `Point`

, `Vec`

, or other array-like output.

**Plot type**

The plot type alias for the `arrows`

function is `Arrows`

.

## Examples

```
using CairoMakie
f = Figure(size = (800, 800))
Axis(f[1, 1], backgroundcolor = "black")
xs = LinRange(0, 2pi, 20)
ys = LinRange(0, 3pi, 20)
us = [sin(x) * cos(y) for x in xs, y in ys]
vs = [-cos(x) * sin(y) for x in xs, y in ys]
strength = vec(sqrt.(us .^ 2 .+ vs .^ 2))
arrows!(xs, ys, us, vs, arrowsize = 10, lengthscale = 0.3,
arrowcolor = strength, linecolor = strength)
f
```

```
using GLMakie
ps = [Point3f(x, y, z) for x in -5:2:5 for y in -5:2:5 for z in -5:2:5]
ns = map(p -> 0.1 * Vec3f(p[2], p[3], p[1]), ps)
arrows(
ps, ns, fxaa=true, # turn on anti-aliasing
linecolor = :gray, arrowcolor = :black,
linewidth = 0.1, arrowsize = Vec3f(0.3, 0.3, 0.4),
align = :center, axis=(type=Axis3,)
)
```

```
using GLMakie
using LinearAlgebra
ps = [Point3f(x, y, z) for x in -5:2:5 for y in -5:2:5 for z in -5:2:5]
ns = map(p -> 0.1 * Vec3f(p[2], p[3], p[1]), ps)
lengths = norm.(ns)
arrows(
ps, ns, fxaa=true, # turn on anti-aliasing
color=lengths,
linewidth = 0.1, arrowsize = Vec3f(0.3, 0.3, 0.4),
align = :center, axis=(type=Axis3,)
)
```

`arrows`

can also take a function `f(x::Point{N})::Point{N}`

which returns the arrow vector when given the arrow's origin.

```
using CairoMakie
fig = Figure(size = (800, 800))
ax = Axis(fig[1, 1], backgroundcolor = "black")
xs = LinRange(0, 2pi, 20)
ys = LinRange(0, 3pi, 20)
# explicit method
us = [sin(x) * cos(y) for x in xs, y in ys]
vs = [-cos(x) * sin(y) for x in xs, y in ys]
strength = vec(sqrt.(us .^ 2 .+ vs .^ 2))
# function method
arrow_fun(x) = Point2f(sin(x[1])*cos(x[2]), -cos(x[1])*sin(x[2]))
arrows!(ax, xs, ys, arrow_fun, arrowsize = 10, lengthscale = 0.3,
arrowcolor = strength, linecolor = strength)
fig
```

## Attributes

### align

Defaults to `:origin`

Sets how arrows are positioned. By default arrows start at the given positions and extend along the given directions. If this attribute is set to `:head`

, `:lineend`

, `:tailend`

, `:headstart`

or `:center`

the given positions will be between the head and tail of each arrow instead.

### alpha

Defaults to `1.0`

The alpha value of the colormap or color attribute. Multiple alphas like in `plot(alpha=0.2, color=(:red, 0.5)`

, will get multiplied.

### arrowcolor

Defaults to `automatic`

Sets the color of the arrow head. Will copy `color`

if set to `automatic`

.

### arrowhead

Defaults to `automatic`

Defines the marker (2D) or mesh (3D) that is used as the arrow head. The default for is `'▲'`

in 2D and a cone mesh in 3D. For the latter the mesh should start at `Point3f(0)`

and point in positive z-direction.

### arrowsize

Defaults to `automatic`

Scales the size of the arrow head. This defaults to `0.3`

in the 2D case and `Vec3f(0.2, 0.2, 0.3)`

in the 3D case. For the latter the first two components scale the radius (in x/y direction) and the last scales the length of the cone. If the arrowsize is set to 1, the cone will have a diameter and length of 1.

### arrowtail

Defaults to `automatic`

Defines the mesh used to draw the arrow tail in 3D. It should start at `Point3f(0)`

and extend in negative z-direction. The default is a cylinder. This has no effect on the 2D plot.

### backlight

Defaults to `0.0`

Sets a weight for secondary light calculation with inverted normals.

### color

Defaults to `:black`

Sets the color of arrowheads and lines. Can be overridden separately using `linecolor`

and `arrowcolor`

.

### colormap

Defaults to `@inherit colormap :viridis`

Sets the colormap that is sampled for numeric `color`

s. `PlotUtils.cgrad(...)`

, `Makie.Reverse(any_colormap)`

can be used as well, or any symbol from ColorBrewer or PlotUtils. To see all available color gradients, you can call `Makie.available_gradients()`

.

### colorrange

Defaults to `automatic`

The values representing the start and end points of `colormap`

.

### colorscale

Defaults to `identity`

The color transform function. Can be any function, but only works well together with `Colorbar`

for `identity`

, `log`

, `log2`

, `log10`

, `sqrt`

, `logit`

, `Makie.pseudolog10`

and `Makie.Symlog10`

.

### depth_shift

Defaults to `0.0`

adjusts the depth value of a plot after all other transformations, i.e. in clip space, where `0 <= depth <= 1`

. This only applies to GLMakie and WGLMakie and can be used to adjust render order (like a tunable overdraw).

### diffuse

Defaults to `1.0`

Sets how strongly the red, green and blue channel react to diffuse (scattered) light.

### fxaa

Defaults to `automatic`

adjusts whether the plot is rendered with fxaa (anti-aliasing, GLMakie only).

### highclip

Defaults to `automatic`

The color for any value above the colorrange.

### inspectable

Defaults to `true`

sets whether this plot should be seen by `DataInspector`

.

### inspector_clear

Defaults to `automatic`

Sets a callback function `(inspector, plot) -> ...`

for cleaning up custom indicators in DataInspector.

### inspector_hover

Defaults to `automatic`

Sets a callback function `(inspector, plot, index) -> ...`

which replaces the default `show_data`

methods.

### inspector_label

Defaults to `automatic`

Sets a callback function `(plot, index, position) -> string`

which replaces the default label generated by DataInspector.

### lengthscale

Defaults to `1.0`

Scales the length of the arrow tail.

### linecolor

Defaults to `automatic`

Sets the color used for the arrow tail which is represented by a line in 2D. Will copy `color`

if set to `automatic`

.

### linestyle

Defaults to `nothing`

Sets the linestyle used in 2D. Does not apply to 3D plots.

### linewidth

Defaults to `automatic`

Scales the width/diameter of the arrow tail. Defaults to `1`

for 2D and `0.05`

for the 3D case.

### lowclip

Defaults to `automatic`

The color for any value below the colorrange.

### markerspace

Defaults to `:pixel`

No docs available.

### material

Defaults to `nothing`

RPRMakie only attribute to set complex RadeonProRender materials. *Warning*, how to set an RPR material may change and other backends will ignore this attribute

### model

Defaults to `automatic`

Sets a model matrix for the plot. This overrides adjustments made with `translate!`

, `rotate!`

and `scale!`

.

### nan_color

Defaults to `:transparent`

The color for NaN values.

### normalize

Defaults to `false`

By default the lengths of the directions given to `arrows`

are used to scale the length of the arrow tails. If this attribute is set to true the directions are normalized, skipping this scaling.

### overdraw

Defaults to `false`

Controls if the plot will draw over other plots. This specifically means ignoring depth checks in GL backends

### quality

Defaults to `32`

Defines the number of angle subdivisions used when generating the arrow head and tail meshes. Consider lowering this if you have performance issues. Only applies to 3D plots.

### shading

Defaults to `automatic`

Sets the lighting algorithm used. Options are `NoShading`

(no lighting), `FastShading`

(AmbientLight + PointLight) or `MultiLightShading`

(Multiple lights, GLMakie only). Note that this does not affect RPRMakie.

### shininess

Defaults to `32.0`

Sets how sharp the reflection is.

### space

Defaults to `:data`

sets the transformation space for box encompassing the plot. See `Makie.spaces()`

for possible inputs.

### specular

Defaults to `0.2`

Sets how strongly the object reflects light in the red, green and blue channels.

### ssao

Defaults to `false`

Adjusts whether the plot is rendered with ssao (screen space ambient occlusion). Note that this only makes sense in 3D plots and is only applicable with `fxaa = true`

.

### transformation

Defaults to `automatic`

No docs available.

### transparency

Defaults to `false`

Adjusts how the plot deals with transparency. In GLMakie `transparency = true`

results in using Order Independent Transparency.

### visible

Defaults to `true`

Controls whether the plot will be rendered or not.