ggplot2 Quick Reference: coord

The coordinate system of a plot, together with the x and y position scale, determines the location of geoms.

  • coord_cartesian - (default) cartesian coordinate system (x horizontal from left to right, y vertical from bottom to top)
  • coord_flip - flipped cartesian coordinate system (x vertical from bottom to top, y horizontal from left to right)
  • coord_trans
  • coord_equal
  • coord_polar - polar coordinate system; the x (or y) scale is mapped to the angle (theta)
  • coord_map - various map projections


Assume the following data frame:

d=data.frame(height=c(1,2,2,3,4), weight=c(1,3,4,4,2))

And assume the following plot:

p = ggplot() +
geom_line(data=d, mapping=aes(x=height, y=weight)) +
geom_point(data=d, mapping=aes(x=height, y=weight), size=8, fill="white", shape=21) +
geom_text(data=d,mapping=aes(x=height, y=weight, label=seq(1,nrow(d))))


p + coord_cartesian()


p + coord_flip()


p + coord_trans(xtrans="log10", ytrans="log10")


p + coord_equal()


p + coord_polar(theta="x")

p + coord_polar(theta="y")

Example with coord_map

Load the "maps" package and create a data frame containing the latitudes and longitudes of the map of Italy.

d = data.frame(map(database="italy", plot=F)[c("x", "y")])

Create a plot using coord_map with its default (mercator) projection:

ggplot() +
coord_map() +
geom_polygon(data=d, mapping=aes(x=x, y=y), fill=hsv(0, 1, 0.7), color=hsv(0, 1, 0.5), size=0.2)