Slider Bar Widget#

The slider widget can be enabled and disabled by the pyvista.Plotter.add_slider_widget() and pyvista.Plotter.clear_slider_widgets() methods respectively. This is one of the most versatile widgets as it can control a value that can be used for just about anything.

One helper method we’ve added is the pyvista.Plotter.add_mesh_threshold() method which leverages the slider widget to control a thresholding value.

import pyvista as pv
from pyvista import examples

mesh = examples.download_knee_full()

p = pv.Plotter()
slider bar widget

After interacting with the scene, the threshold mesh is available as:

[UnstructuredGrid (0x7f7d25f595a0)
  N Cells:    295424
  N Points:   394455
  X Bounds:   3.615e+01, 1.178e+02
  Y Bounds:   1.085e+01, 1.345e+02
  Z Bounds:   0.000e+00, 2.000e+02
  N Arrays:   1]

And here is a screen capture of a user interacting with this


Custom Callback#

Or you could leverage a custom callback function that takes a single value from the slider as its argument to do something like control the resolution of a mesh. Again note the use of the name argument in add_mesh:

p = pv.Plotter()

def create_mesh(value):
    res = int(value)
    sphere = pv.Sphere(phi_resolution=res, theta_resolution=res)
    p.add_mesh(sphere, name='sphere', show_edges=True)

p.add_slider_widget(create_mesh, [5, 100], title='Resolution')
slider bar widget

And here is a screen capture of a user interacting with this


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