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Python Examples

Please see this page to learn how to setup your environment to use VTK in Python.

It would be appreciated if there are any Python VTK experts who could convert any of the c++ examples to Python!

VTK Classes Summary

This Python script, SelectExamples, will let you select examples based on a VTK Class and language. It requires Python 3.7 or later. The following tables will produce similar information.


If you are new to VTK then these tutorials will help to get you started.

Hello World

Example Name Description Image
A hello world example Cylinder example from the VTK Textbook and source code. A hello world example.

Simple Operations

Example Name Description Image

Input and Output

Graph Formats

3D File Formats

Standard Formats

Example Name Description Image
CSVReadEdit Read and edit a CSV file using pandas and numpy.
CSVReadEdit1 Read and edit a CSV file using pandas and vtkDelimitedTextReader.
PolyDataToImageDataConverter Converts PolyData to binary LabelImage.
ReadExodusData A simple script for reading and viewing ExodusII data interactively.
ReadPLOT3D Read CFD (computational fluid dynamics) data produced by PLOT3D.
ReadSLC Read an SLC file.
ReadSTL Read an STL file.
ReadUnstructuredGrid Using vtkUnstructuredGridReader to read a (legacy) *.vtk file
ReadVTP Read a VTK XML PolyData file.
TransientHDFReader Read transient data written inside a vtkhdf file.
Example Name Description Image
3DSImporter Import a 3D Studio scene that includes multiple actors.
Example Name Description Image

VTK Formats

Example Name Description Image
ReadImageData Read an image data (.vti) file
ReadPolyData Read a polygonal data (.vtp) file

Legacy VTK Formats

Example Name Description Image
ReadLegacyUnstructuredGrid Read an unstructured grid that contains 11 linear cells.
WriteLegacyLinearCells Write each linear cell into a legacy UnstructuredGrid file.
WriteXMLLinearCells Write each linear cell into an XML UnstructuredGrid file (.vtu).

Image Format


Example Name Description Image
HDRReader Read a high-dynamic-range imaging file.
ReadDICOM Read DICOM file.
ReadDICOMSeries This example demonstrates how to read a series of DICOM images and scroll through slices


Example Name Description Image
ImageWriter Write an imagefile based on the file extension.

Geometric Objects

Example Name Description Image
Circle A disk is shown however this can be modified to show a circle.
Dodecahedron Create a dodecahedron using vtkPolyhedron.
EllipticalCylinder Create an elliptical cylinder using extrusion.
EllipticalCylinderDemo Show the base and extrusion vector.
Planes We create a convex hull of the planes for display purposes.
PolygonIntersection IntersectWithLine()
SourceObjectsDemo Examples of source objects that procedurally generate polygonal models. These nine images represent just some of the capability of VTK. From upper left in reading order: sphere, cone, cylinder, cube, plane, text, random point cloud, disk (with or without hole), and line source. Other polygonal source objects are available; check subclasses of vtkPolyDataAlgorithm.


Example Name Description Image
Cell3DDemonstration Sample objects are generated from the classes derived from vtkCell3D and displayed.
CellTypeSource Generate tessellated cells.
ConvexPointSet Generate a ConvexPointSet cell.
LinearCellDemo Linear cell types found in VTK. Numbers define ordering of the defining points.
LongLine Manually create a polyline.
Polyhedron Create an unstructured grid representation of a polyhedron (cube) and write it out to a file.


Example Name Description Image
Cube Manually build a polygonal cube.
Cube1 A nice simple example that demonstrates the operation of the VTK pipeline.
Disk A circle with a hole in it.
EarthSource Create the Earth.
OrientedArrow Orient an arrow along an arbitrary vector.
OrientedCylinder Orient a cylinder along an arbitrary vector.
PlatonicSolids All five platonic solids are displayed.
PolyLine1 This example demonstrates how to create a polygon through several ordered points.
ShrinkCube Applying shrink filter to an object.
TessellatedBoxSource Generate a box with tessellated sides.
TextActor 2D "HUD-type" text

Non Linear

Example Name Description Image
IsoparametricCellsDemo Nonlinear isoparametric cell types in VTK.
QuadraticHexahedron Create and tessellate a nonlinear cell.
QuadraticHexahedronDemo Interactively adjust chord error.
QuadraticTetra Create and tessellate a nonlinear cell.
QuadraticTetraDemo Interactively adjust chord error.

Parametric Objects

Example Name Description Image
ParametricKuenDemo Interactively change the parameters for a Kuen Surface.
ParametricObjectsDemo Demonstrates the Parametric classes added by Andrew Maclean and additional classes added by Tim Meehan. The parametric spline is also included. Options are provided to display single objects, add backface, add normals and print out an image.
ParametricSuperEllipsoidDemo Interactively change the parameters for a SuperEllipsoid Surface.
ParametricSuperToroidDemo Interactively change the parameters for a SuperToroid Surface.

Implicit Functions and Iso-surfaces

Example Name Description Image
BooleanOperationImplicitFunctions Demonstrate booleans of two different implicit functions
ContourTriangulator Create a contour from a structured point set (image) and triangulate it.
CutWithScalars Cut a surface with scalars.
DiscreteMarchingCubes Generate surfaces from labeled data.
ExtractData Implicit functions used to select data: Two ellipsoids are combined using the union operation used to select voxels from a volume. Voxels are shrunk 50 percent.
ExtractLargestIsosurface Extract largest isosurface.
Hello Implicit modelling used to thicken a stroked font.
IceCream How to use boolean combinations of implicit functions to create a model of an ice cream cone.
ImplicitQuadric Create an ellipsoid using an implicit quadric
ImplicitSphere Demonstrate sampling of a sphere implicit function
ImplicitSphere1 Demonstrate sampling of a sphere implicit function
Lorenz Visualizing a Lorenz strange attractor by integrating the Lorenz equations in a volume.
MarchingCases Explore the Marching Cubes cases.
MarchingCasesA The 256 possible cases have been reduced to 15 cases using symmetry.
MarchingCasesB Marching cubes complementary cases. Cases 3c, 6c, 7c, 10c, 12c and 13c are displayed.
MarchingCasesC Marching cubes, case 3 is rotated 90 degrees about the y-axis with no label.
MarchingCasesD Marching cubes, case 7 is rotated 180 degrees about the y-axis with no label.
MarchingCubes Create a voxelized sphere.
SampleFunction Sample and visualize an implicit function.
SmoothDiscreteMarchingCubes Generate smooth surfaces from labeled data.

Working with 3D Data

Example Name Description Image
AlignTwoPolyDatas Align two vtkPolyData's.
AppendFilter Append different types of data,
BooleanOperationPolyDataFilter This example performs a boolean operation (Intersection, Union, Difference) of two PolyData
Bottle Rotationally symmetric objects.
CappedSphere Rotate an arc to create a capped sphere.
CellsInsideObject Extract cells inside a closed surface.
ColoredTriangle Creates a file TriangleColored.vtp.
CombinePolyData This example combines Polydata objects, and displays the result to the screen.
ConnectivityFilter Color any dataset type based on connectivity.
Curvatures Compute Gaussian, and Mean Curvatures.
CurvaturesAdjustEdges Get the Gaussian and Mean curvatures of a surface with adjustments for edge effects.
CurvaturesDemo Demonstrates how to get the Gaussian and Mean curvatures of a surface.
ExtractPolyLinesFromPolyData Extract polylines from polydata.
ExtractSelection Extract selected points.
ExtractSelectionCells Extract cell, select cell.
Finance Visualization of multidimensional financial data. The gray/wireframe surface represents the total data population. The red surface represents data points delinquent on loan payment.
FinanceFieldData Visualization of multidimensional financial data. The yellow surface represents the total data population. The red surface represents data points delinquent on loan payment.
IterateOverLines Iterate through the lines of a PolyData.
SolidColoredTriangle Writes out a file TriangleSolidColor.vtp.
Spring Rotation in combination with linear displacement and radius variation.
TransformPolyData Apply a Transformation to a PolyData.
TriangulateTerrainMap Generate heights (z values) on a 10x10 grid (a terrain map) and then triangulate the points to form a surface.
TubeFilter Give lines a thickness (produce a cylinder around lines).
VertexGlyphFilter Add a vertex to each point.
WarpTo Deform geometry by warping towards a point.
WarpVector This example warps/deflects a line.

Data Types

Example Name Description Image
MultiBlockDataSet Demonstrates how to make and use VTK's MultiBlock type data
OverlappingAMR Demonstrates how to create and populate a VTK's Overlapping AMR Grid type Data

Data Type Conversions

Point Cloud Operations

Example Name Description Image
PointSource Generate a random point cloud.

Working with Meshes

This section includes examples of manipulating meshes.

Example Name Description Image
BoundaryEdges Find the edges that are used by only one face.
ClosedSurface Check if a surface is closed.
ColoredElevationMap Color a mesh by height.
Decimation Reduce the number of triangles in a mesh.
DeformPointSet Use the vtkDeformPointSet filter to deform a vtkSphereSource with arbitrary polydata.
DelaunayMesh Two-dimensional Delaunay triangulation of a random set of points. Points and edges are shown highlighted with sphere glyphs and tubes.
PointInterpolator Plot a scalar field of points onto a PolyData surface.


Example Name Description Image
CapClip Cap a clipped polydata with a polygon.
ClipDataSetWithPolyData Clip a vtkRectilinearGrid with arbitrary polydata. In this example, use a vtkConeSource to generate polydata to slice the grid, resulting in an unstructured grid.
ClipDataSetWithPolyData1 Clip a vtkRectilinearGrid with arbitrary polydata. In this example, use a vtkConeSource to generate polydata to slice the grid, resulting in an unstructured grid.
SolidClip Create a "solid" clip. The "ghost" of the part clipped away is also shown.

Working with Structured 3D Data

This section includes vtkImageData, vtkExplicitStructuredGrid, vtkStructuredGrid, vtkStructuredPoints and vtkRectilinearGrid.

"ImageData" is not the traditional "flat, 2D image" you are used to. It is a special VTK data structure in the collection of 3D data structures provided by VTK. Image data can represent at typical 2D image, but also, a 3D volume.


Example Name Description Image
ImageWeightedSum Add two or more images.


Example Name Description Image
CreateESGrid Create an explicit structured grid and convert this to an unstructured grid or vice versa.
LoadESGrid Load a VTU file and convert the dataset to an explicit structured grid.


Example Name Description Image
BlankPoint Blank a point of a vtkStructuredGrid.
SGrid Creating a structured grid dataset of a semi-cylinder. Vectors are created whose magnitude is proportional to radius and oriented in tangential direction.


Example Name Description Image
Vol Creating a image data dataset. Scalar data is generated from the equation for a sphere. Volume dimensions are 26 x 26 x 26.


Example Name Description Image
RGrid Creating a rectilinear grid dataset. The coordinates along each axis are defined using an instance of vtkDataArray.
RectilinearGrid Create a rectilinear grid.
VisualizeRectilinearGrid Visualize the cells of a rectilinear grid.

Working with Unstructured 3D Data

This section includes vtkUnstructuredGrid.


Example Name Description Image
ClipUnstructuredGridWithPlane Clip a UGrid with a plane.
ClipUnstructuredGridWithPlane2 Clip a UGrid with a plane.
UGrid Creation of an unstructured grid.



Example Name Description Image
GenerateCubesFromLabels Create cubes from labeled volume data.
GenerateModelsFromLabels Create models from labeled volume data.
MedicalDemo1 Create a skin surface from volume data.
MedicalDemo2 Create a skin and bone surface from volume data.
MedicalDemo3 Create skin, bone and slices from volume data.
MedicalDemo4 Create a volume rendering.
TissueLens Cut a volume with a sphere.

Surface reconstruction

Example Name Description Image
GaussianSplat Create a surface from Unorganized Points (Gaussian Splat).


Example Name Description Image
CheckVTKVersion Check the VTK version and provide alternatives for different VTK versions.
JSONColorMapToLUT Take a JSON description of a colormap and convert it to a VTK colormap.
ColorMapToLUT Use vtkDiscretizableColorTransferFunction to generate a VTK colormap.
ConstrainedDelaunay2D Perform a 2D Delaunay triangulation on a point set respecting a specified boundary.
LUTUtilities A utility class for vtkLookupTable allowing you to output the table contents or to compare tables.
MultipleRenderWindows Multiple Render Windows.
MultipleViewports Multiple Viewports.
RescaleReverseLUT Demonstrate how to adjust a colormap so that the colormap scalar range matches the scalar range on the object. You can optionally reverse the colors.
ResetCameraOrientation Reset camera orientation to a previously saved orientation.
SaveSceneToFieldData Save a vtkCamera's state in a vtkDataSet's vtkFieldData and restore it.
SaveSceneToFile Save a vtkCamera's state in a file and restore it.
SelectExamples Given a VTK Class and a language, select the matching examples.
ShareCamera Share a camera between multiple renderers.
VTKImportsForPython Generate import statements for the VTK classes in your Python code.
VTKModulesForCxx Generate a find_package(VTK COMPONENTS ...) command for CMake.
XMLColorMapToLUT Take an XML description of a
colormap and convert it to a VTK colormap.


Example Name Description Image


Math Operations


Example Name Description Image
ColorEdges Color edges.
ColorVertexLabels Set the color of vertex labels.
ColorVerticesLookupTable Color vertices.
ConstructGraph Construct a graph.
ConstructTree Construct a tree.
CreateTree Create a tree and label the vertices and edges.
GraphToPolyData Convert a graph to a PolyData.
LabelVerticesAndEdges Label vertices and edges.
RandomGraphSource Create a random graph.
ScaleVertices Size/scale vertices based on a data array.
SideBySideGraphs Display two graphs side by side.
VisualizeDirectedGraph Visualize a directed graph.

Graph Conversions

Data Structures

Timing Demonstrations


Oriented Bounding Box (OBB) Tree


Modified BSP Tree


Example Name Description Image
HyperTreeGridSource Create a vtkHyperTreeGrid.

VTK Concepts


Example Name Description Image
AmbientSpheres Demonstrates the effect of ambient lighting on spheres.
CameraBlur Example of a scene rendered with focal depth.
ColoredSphere A simple sphere.
Cone3 Four frames of output, based on the VTK example
Cone4 Modifying properties and transformation matrix based on the VTK example
DiffuseSpheres Demonstrates the effect of diffuse lighting on spheres.
FlatVersusGouraud Flat and Gouraud shading. Different shading methods can dramatically improve the look of an object represented with polygons. On the top, flat shading uses a constant surface normal across each polygon. On the bottom, Gouraud shading interpolates normals from polygon vertices to give a smoother look.
GradientBackground Demonstrates the background shading options.
LayeredActors Demonstrates the use of two linked renderers. The orientation of objects in the non active layer is linked to those in the active layer.
Mace An example of multiple inputs and outputs.
Model Illustrative diagram of graphics objects.
MotionBlur Example of motion blur.
OutlineGlowPass Demonstrates how to render a object in a scene with a glowing outline.
PBR_Anisotropy Render spheres with different anisotropy values.
PBR_Clear_Coat Render a cube with custom texture mapping and a coat normal texture.
PBR_Edge_Tint Render spheres with different edge colors using a skybox as image based lighting.
PBR_HDR_Environment Renders spheres with different materials using a skybox as image based lighting.
PBR_Mapping Render a cube with custom texture mapping.
PBR_Materials Renders spheres with different materials using a skybox as image based lighting.
PBR_Materials_Coat Render spheres with different coat materials using a skybox as image based lighting.
PBR_Skybox Demonstrates physically based rendering, a skybox and image based lighting.
PBR_Skybox_Texturing Demonstrates physically based rendering, a skybox, image based lighting and texturing.
PBR_Skybox_Anisotropy Demonstrates physically based rendering, a skybox, image based lighting, and anisotropic texturing.
Rainbow Use and manipulation of vtkLookupTables.
Rotations Rotations of a cow about her axes.
RotationsA Perform six rotations of a cow about her x-axis (Figure 3-31a).
RotationsB Perform six rotations of a cow about her y-axis (Figure 3-31b).
RotationsC Perform six rotations of a cow about her z-axis (Figure 3-31c).
RotationsD First a rotation of a cow about her x-axis, then six rotations about her y-axis (Figure 3-31d).
Shadows Draw model with shadows.
SpecularSpheres Demonstrates the effect of specular lighting on spheres.
StippledLine Draw a stippled line.
StripFran Triangle strip examples. (a) Structured triangle mesh consisting of 134 strips each of 390 triangles. (b) Unstructured triangle mesh consisting of 2227 strips of average length 3.94, longest strip 101 triangles. Images are generated by displaying every other triangle strip.
TransformSphere The addition of a transform filter to ColoredSphere.
TransparentBackground Demonstrates the use of two renderers. Notice that the second (and subsequent) renderers will have a transparent background.
WalkCow This generates Figs. 3-32, 3-33 found in VTKTextbook.pdf.
WalkCowA This generates Fig. 3-33a found in VTKTextbook.pdf.
WalkCowB This generates Fig. 3-33b found in VTKTextbook.pdf.


Example Name Description Image
ShadowsLightsDemo Show lights casting shadows.

Texture Mapping

Example Name Description Image
AnimateVectors One frame from a vector field animation using texture maps.
TextureCutQuadric Cut a quadric with boolean textures.
TextureCutSphere Examples of texture thresholding. (b) Boolean combination of two planes to cut nested spheres.
TexturePlane Example of texture mapping.
TextureThreshold Demonstrate the use of scalar thresholds to show values of flow density on three planes.


If you are new to VTK then these tutorials will help to get you started.

Tutorial Description Image
Step 1 Create a cone, render it and rotate it through 360°.
Step 2 Adding an observer.
Step 3 Using multiple renderers within a render window.
Step 4 The creation of multiple actors and the manipulation of their properties and transformations.
Step 5 Introducing the concept of interaction.
Step 6 Using a 3D widget.


See this tutorial for a brief explanation of the VTK terminology of mappers, actors, etc.

Example Name Description Image
AlphaFrequency Linearly extrude fonts to show letter frequencies in text.
AnatomicalOrientation Show a labelled set of anatomical planes transecting a human figure.
AnnotatedCubeActor Annotated cube.
AssignCellColorsFromLUT Demonstrates how to assign colors to cells in a vtkPolyData structure using lookup tables.
BillboardTextActor3D Label points with billboards.
BlobbyLogo A logo created with vtkImplicitModeller.
Blow Ten frames from a blow molding finite element analysis.
BluntStreamlines Demonstrates airflow around a blunt fin using streamlines.
Camera Positioning and aiming the camera.
CameraModel1 Illustrate camera movement around the focal point.
CameraModel2 camera movement centered at the camera position.
CarotidFlow Visualizing blood flow in the human carotid arteries. Streamtubes of flow velocity are generated.
CarotidFlowGlyphs Visualizing blood flow in human carotid arteries. Cone glyphs indicate flow direction and magnitude.
ClampGlyphSizes Use vtkGlyph3D with ClampingOn to limit glyph sizes
ClipSphereCylinder A plane clipped with a sphere and an ellipse. The two transforms place each implicit function into the appropriate position. Two outputs are generated by the clipper.
CollisionDetection Collison between two spheres.
ColorAnActor Colour the actor.
ColorSeriesPatches Creates a HTML file called VTKColorSeriesPatches
ColoredAnnotatedCube How to color the individual faces of an annotated cube.
CombustorIsosurface Generate an isosurface of constant flow density.
ComplexV ComplexV from the VTK Textbook.
ContourQuadric Contouring a quadric function.
CreateBFont A scanned image clipped with a scalar value of 1/2 its maximum intensity produces a mixture of quadrilaterals and triangles.
CreateColorSeriesDemo Create a custom vtkColorSeries.
CubeAxesActor Display three orthogonal axes with labels.
CurvatureBandsWithGlyphs Demonstrates the coloring of a surface by partitioning the gaussian curvature of a surface into bands and using arrows to display the normals on the surface.
CutStructuredGrid Cut through structured grid with plane. The cut plane is shown solid shaded. A computational plane of constant k value is shown in wireframe for comparison. The colors correspond to flow density. Cutting surfaces are not necessarily planes: implicit functions such as spheres, cylinders, and quadrics can also be used.
Cutter How to use vtkCutter by cutting through a cube.
DataSetSurface Cutting a hexahedron with a plane. The red line on the surface shows the cut.
DecimateFran Examples of decimation algorithm. (a) Decimation of laser digitizer data.
DecimateHawaii Examples of decimation algorithm. (b) Decimation of terrain data.
DisplacementPlot Show modal lines for a vibrating beam.
DisplayCoordinateAxes Display coordinate axes.
DisplayQuadricSurfaces Create and display a quadratic surface.
ElevationBandsWithGlyphs Demonstrates the coloring of a surface by partitioning the elevation into bands and using arrows to display the normals on the surface.
ExponentialCosine Carpet plots. Visualization of an exponential cosine function. Function values are indicated by surface displacement. Colors indicate derivative values.
FlyingHeadSlice Flying edges used to generate contour lines.
FrogBrain The frog's brain. Model extracted without smoothing (left) and with smoothing (right).
FroggieSurface Construct surfaces from a segmented frog dataset. Up to fifteen different surfaces may be extracted. You can turn on and off surfaces and control the camera position.
FroggieView View surfaces of a segmented frog dataset using preprocessed *.vtk tissue files. You can turn on and off surfaces, control their opacity through the use of sliders and control the camera position.
FrogSlice Photographic slice of frog (upper left), segmented frog (upper right) and composite of photo and segmentation (bottom). The purple color represents the stomach and the kidneys are yellow.
GlyphTable Vary the shapes of glyphed points using a glyph table
Hanoi Towers of Hanoi.
HanoiInitial Towers of Hanoi - Initial configuration.
HanoiIntermediate Towers of Hanoi - Intermediate configuration.
Hawaii Visualize elevations by coloring the scalar values with a lookup table.
HeadBone Marching cubes surface of human bone.
HeadSlice Marching squares used to generate contour lines.
HyperStreamline Example of hyperstreamlines, the four hyperstreamlines shown are integrated along the minor principle stress axis. A plane (colored with a different lookup table) is also shown.
IronIsoSurface Marching cubes surface of iron-protein.
IsosurfaceSampling Demonstrates how to create point data on an isosurface.
Kitchen Demonstrates stream tracing in a kitchen.
KochSnowflake This example draws a Koch snowflake fractal using recursive functions and some of the convenient tools in the toolkit.
LOx Streamtubes created by using the computational grid just in front of the post as a source for seeds.
LOxGrid Portion of computational grid for the LOx post.
LOxSeeds Streamlines seeded with spherical cloud of points. Four separate cloud positions are shown.
LoopShrink A network with a loop. VTK 5.0 does not allow you to execute a looping visualization network; this was possible in previous versions of VTK.
Motor Texture cut used to reveal internal structure of a motor. Two cut planes are used in combination with transparent texture.
NamedColorPatches Creates a HTML file called VTKNamedColorPatches
NamedColors Demonstrates how to use the vtkNamedColors class.
NormalsDemo Demo different options to generate normals.
Office Using random point seeds to create streamlines.
OfficeA Corresponds to Fig 9-47(a) in the VTK textbook.
OfficeTube The stream polygon. Sweeping a polygon to form a tube.
OrientedGlyphs Create oriented glyphs from vector data.
PineRootConnectivity Applying the connectivity filter to remove noisy isosurfaces.
PineRootConnectivityA The isosurface, with no connectivity filter applied.
PineRootDecimation Applying the decimation and connectivity filters to remove noisy isosurfaces and reduce data size.
PlateVibration Demonstrates the motion of a vibrating beam.
PointDataSubdivision Demonstrates the use of the vtkLinearSubdivisionFilter and vtkButterflySubdivisionFilter.
ProbeCombustor Probing data in a combustor. Probes are regular arrays of 50 by 50 points that are then passed through a contouring filter.
ProgrammableGlyphFilter Generate a custom glyph at each point.
ProgrammableGlyphs Generate programmable glyphs.
PseudoVolumeRendering Here we use 20 cut planes, each with an opacity of of 0.25. They are then rendered back-to-front to simulate volume rendering.
QuadricVisualization Visualizing a quadric function.
SingleSplat Elliptical splatting. (a) Single elliptical splat with eccentricity E=10. Cone shows orientation of vector.
SphereTexture Apply an ImageData texture to an sphere
SpikeFran Glyphs indicate surface normals on model of human face. Glyph positions are randomly selected.
SplatFace Elliptical splatting. (b) Surface reconstructed using elliptical splats into 100^3 volume followed by isosurface extraction. Points regularly subsampled and overlaid on original mesh.
Stocks Two views from the stock visualization script. The top shows closing price over time; the bottom shows volume over time.
StreamLines Seed streamlines with vectors from a structured grid.
StreamlinesWithLineWidget Using the vtkLineWidget to produce streamlines in the combustor dataset. The StartInteractionEvent turns the visibility of the streamlines on; the InteractionEvent causes the streamlines to regenerate themselves.
TensorAxes Display the scaled and oriented principal axes of the stress tensor.
TensorEllipsoids Display the scaled and oriented principal axes as tensor ellipsoids representing the stress tensor.
VectorText Display high resolution text.
VelocityProfile Warping the geometry of three planes to show flow momentum.
WarpCombustor Carpet plots of combustor flow energy in a structured grid. Colors and plane displacement represent energy values.

Working with vtkImageData

Example Name Description Image
ImageDataGeometryFilter Convert a vtkImageData to a vtkPolyData.
ImageNormalize Normalize an image.
SumVTKImages A function to simplify the summing of images, where you can pass a list of images and weights.
WriteReadVtkImageData Generate, edit and read out vtk image data.

Volume Rendering

Example Name Description Image
SimpleRayCast Volume rendering of a high potential iron protein.

User Interaction

Example Name Description Image
CallBack Setting up a callback with client data. Two different methods are demonstrated.
CellPicking Cell Picking.
HighlightPickedActor Pick and highlight an actor based on mouse clicks.
HighlightWithSilhouette Highlight a picked actor by adding a silhouette.
MouseEvents Subclass the interactor style.
MouseEventsObserver Use an observer.

Working with Images

Example Name Description Image
Actor2D 2D actor and mapper.
BackgroundImage Display an image as the "background" of a scene, and render a superquadric in front of it.
Cast Cast an image to a different type.

Image Processing

Example Name Description Image
Attenuation This MRI image illustrates attenuation that can occur due to sensor position. The artifact is removed by dividing by the attenuation profile determined manually.
EnhanceEdges High-pass filters can extract and enhance edges in an image. Subtraction of the Laplacian (middle) from the original image (left) results in edge enhancement or a sharpening operation (right).
GaussianSmooth Low-pass filters can be implemented as convolution with a Gaussian kernel.
HybridMedianComparison Comparison of median and hybrid-median filters. The hybrid filter preserves corners and thin lines, better than the median filter.
IdealHighPass This figure shows two high-pass filters in the frequency domain. The Butterworth high-pass filter has a gradual attenuation that avoids ringing produced by the ideal high-pass filter with an abrupt transition.
ImageGradient Create an imaging pipeline to visualize gradient information.
ImageWarp Combine the imaging and visualization pipelines to deform an image in the z-direction. The vtkMergeFilter is used to combine the warped surface with the original color data.
IsoSubsample This figure demonstrates aliasing that occurs when a high-frequency signal is subsampled. High frequencies appear as low frequency artifacts. The left image is an isosurface of a skull after subsampling. The right image used a low-pass filter before subsampling to reduce aliasing.
MedianComparison Comparison of Gaussian and Median smoothing for reducing low-probability high-amplitude noise.
MorphologyComparison This figure demonstrates various binary filters that can alter the shape of segmented regions.
Pad Convolution in frequency space treats the image as a periodic function. A large kernel can pick up features from both sides of the image. The lower-left image has been padded with a constant to eliminate wraparound during convolution. On the right, mirror padding has been used to remove artificial edges introduced by borders.
VTKSpectrum The discrete Fourier transform changes an image from the spatial domain into the frequency domain, where each pixel represents a sinusoidal function. This figure shows an image and its power spectrum displayed using a logarithmic transfer function.


Example Name Description Image
BalloonWidget Uses a vtkBalloonWidget to draw labels when the mouse stays above an actor.
BoxWidget This 3D widget defines a region of interest that is represented by an arbitrarily oriented hexahedron with interior face angles of 90 degrees (orthogonal faces). The object creates 7 handles that can be moused on and manipulated.
CameraOrientationWidget Demonstrates a 3D camera orientation widget.
CompassWidget Draws an interactive compass.
ContourWidget Draw a contour (line) which can be deformed by the user
ImplicitPlaneWidget2 Clip polydata with an implicit plane.
OrientationMarkerWidget Draws two cubes. One of them can be clicked to be rotated, and will rotate the second one. The second one has annotations on it, and can also be moved.
OrientationMarkerWidget1 Display a polydata as an orientation icon.
ScalarBarWidget The ScalarBarWidget displays a scalar bar that is movable and changes orientation automatically when close to the borders of the image. It needs a ScalarBarActor
SphereWidget This 3D widget defines a sphere that can be interactively placed in a scene.
SplineWidget This example shows how to use vtkSplineWidget with a callback being used to get the length of the spline widget.
TextWidget Annotate a VTK image with movable text


Example Name Description Image
MultiplePlots Display multiple plots by using viewports in a single render window.
ScatterPlot Scatter plot.
SpiderPlot Spider plot.
SurfacePlot Surface plot.


Example Name Description Image
Animation Move a sphere across a scene.


Example Name Description Image
MultiLineText Display multiline text.
TextOrigin This example demonstrates the use of vtkVectorText and vtkFollower. vtkVectorText is used to create 3D annotation.


Example Name Description Image
ParallelCoordinatesExtraction Extract data based on a selection in a Parallel Coordinates View.
ParallelCoordinatesView How to use Parallel Coordinates View to plot and compare data set attributes.
SelectedGraphIDs Callback on vtkAnnotationLink in a Graph Layout View when selection is changed.


Example Name Description Image
EmbedInPyQt Shows how to easily embed VTK in PyQt with QVTKRenderWindowInteractor, first example
EmbedInPyQt2 Shows how to embed VTK in PyQt with QVTKRenderWindowInteractor, second example