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Graph layouts


This is a generic function to apply a layout function to a graph.


layout_(graph, layout, ...)

## S3 method for class 'igraph_layout_spec'
print(x, ...)

## S3 method for class 'igraph_layout_modifier'
print(x, ...)



The input graph.


The layout specification. It must be a call to a layout specification function.


Further modifiers, see a complete list below. For the print methods, it is ignored.


The layout specification


There are two ways to calculate graph layouts in igraph. The first way is to call a layout function (they all have prefix layout_ on a graph, to get the vertex coordinates.

The second way (new in igraph 0.8.0), has two steps, and it is more flexible. First you call a layout specification function (the one without the layout_ prefix, and then layout_ (or add_layout_) to perform the layouting.

The second way is preferred, as it is more flexible. It allows operations before and after the layouting. E.g. using the component_wise argument, the layout can be calculated separately for each component, and then merged to get the final results.


The return value of the layout function, usually a two column matrix. For 3D layouts a three column matrix.


Modifiers modify how a layout calculation is performed. Currently implemented modifiers:

  • component_wise calculates the layout separately for each component of the graph, and then merges them.

  • normalize scales the layout to a square.

See Also

add_layout_ to add the layout to the graph as an attribute.

Other graph layouts: add_layout_(), component_wise(), layout_as_bipartite(), layout_as_star(), layout_as_tree(), layout_in_circle(), layout_nicely(), layout_on_grid(), layout_on_sphere(), layout_randomly(), layout_with_dh(), layout_with_fr(), layout_with_gem(), layout_with_graphopt(), layout_with_kk(), layout_with_lgl(), layout_with_mds(), layout_with_sugiyama(), merge_coords(), norm_coords(), normalize()


g <- make_ring(10) + make_full_graph(5)
coords <- layout_(g, as_star())
plot(g, layout = coords)

[Package igraph version 1.3.0 Index]