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Dash how to use imshow or Image?


I’d like to use the newly introduced imshow/Image in a dash application.

In jupyter lab this renders nicely

import plotly.graph_objects as go
img_rgb = [[[255, 0, 0], [0, 255, 0], [0, 0, 255]],
           [[0, 255, 0], [0, 0, 255], [255, 0, 0]]]
fig = go.Figure(go.Image(z=img_rgb))


whereas in dash I only see the empty graph component.

%%writefile app.py

import plotly
import plotly.graph_objects as go
import dash
import dash_html_components as html
import dash_core_components as dcc
from dash.dependencies import Input, Output

print('plotly=', plotly.__version__)
print('dash=', dash.__version__)
print('dash_html_components=', html.__version__)
print('dash_core_components=', dcc.__version__)

app = dash.Dash(
    __name__, external_stylesheets=["https://codepen.io/chriddyp/pen/bWLwgP.css"]

img_rgb = [[[255, 0, 0], [0, 255, 0], [0, 0, 255]],
           [[0, 255, 0], [0, 0, 255], [255, 0, 0]]]

app.layout = html.Div(
        dcc.Graph(id="graph", figure = go.Figure(go.Image(z=img_rgb)), style={"width": "75%", "display": "inline-block"}),


plotly= 4.3.0
dash= 1.4.1
dash_html_components= 1.0.1
dash_core_components= 1.3.1


I get the same behaviour when I’m trying to pass the plotly.express imshow to dcc.Graph figure. What am I missing?

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WOW this is weird. I could actually reproduce the issue as well, but on a fresh environment the problem disappeared. Maybe a problem with conflicting versions of dash and dcc? Could you please try to uninstall dash, dash_html_components and dash_core_components, and then install only dash (which installs automatically compatible versions of html and dcc)? Or of course do this first in a fresh environment to debug.

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In a fresh env it worked using the newer dash version. Thanks for looking into it

plotly= 4.3.0
dash= 1.7.0
dash_html_components= 1.0.2
dash_core_components= 1.6.0


Cool, glad it worked out!

I had the identical problem still 6 months later… my conda environment had very stale packages. For some reason the “plotly” source on anaconda has VERY stale versions of dash and dash_*_components. I wound up having to burn down anaconda (complete removal), then I installed miniconda and picked up to date versions of the packages from alternative sources.