Getting Started

Why PyVista?

Learn more about why we created PyVista as an interface to the Visualization Toolkit (VTK).

Why PyVista?

Authors & Citation

Using PyVista in your research? Please consider citing or acknowledging us. We have a publication!

Authors & Citation

See PyVista in External Efforts

Take a look at third party projects using PyVista

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Working with conda?

PyVista is available on conda-forge

Prefer pip?

PyVista can be installed via pip from PyPI.

In-depth instructions?

Installing a specific version? Installing from source? Check the advanced installation page.

Installing PyVista


For general questions about the project, its applications, or about software usage, please create a discussion in pyvista/discussions where the community can collectively address your questions. You are also welcome to join us on Slack or send one of the developers an email. The project support team can be reached at


PyVista is a powerful tool that researchers can harness to create compelling, integrated visualizations of large datasets in an intuitive, Pythonic manner. Here are a few open-source projects that leverage PyVista:

  • PVGeo: Python package of VTK-based algorithms to analyze geoscientific data and models. PyVista is used to make the inputs and outputs of PVGeo’s algorithms more accessible.

  • discretize: Discretization tools for finite volume and inverse problems. discretize provides toVTK methods that return PyVista versions of their data types for creating compelling visualizations.

  • gemgis: Spatial data processing for geomodeling.

  • gimly: Geophysical inversion and modeling library.

  • itkwidgets: Interactive Jupyter widgets to visualize images, point sets, and meshes in 2D and 3D. Supports all PyVista mesh types.

  • mne-python: MNE: Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and Electroencephalography (EEG) in Python.

  • omfvista: 3D visualization for the Open Mining Format (omf). PyVista provides the foundation for this library’s visualization.

  • pyleecan: Electrical engineering open-source software providing a user-friendly, unified, flexible simulation framework for the multiphysic design and optimization of electrical machines and drives

  • pymapdl: Pythonic interface to Ansys MAPDL.

  • pymeshfix: Python/Cython wrapper of Marco Attene’s wonderful, award-winning MeshFix software.

  • pyprocar: A Python library for electronic structure pre/post-processing.

  • tetgen: Python Interface to Hang Si’s C++ TetGen Library

Citing PyVista

There is a paper about PyVista!

If you are using PyVista in your scientific research, please help our scientific visibility by citing our work! Head over to Citing PyVista to learn more about citing PyVista.