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The point path geom is used to make a scatterplot wherein the points are connected with lines in some order. This geom intends to mimic the type = 'b' style of base R line plots.


  mapping = NULL,
  data = NULL,
  stat = "identity",
  position = "identity",
  na.rm = FALSE,
  show.legend = NA,
  arrow = NULL,
  inherit.aes = TRUE



Set of aesthetic mappings created by aes(). If specified and inherit.aes = TRUE (the default), it is combined with the default mapping at the top level of the plot. You must supply mapping if there is no plot mapping.


The data to be displayed in this layer. There are three options:

If NULL, the default, the data is inherited from the plot data as specified in the call to ggplot().

A data.frame, or other object, will override the plot data. All objects will be fortified to produce a data frame. See fortify() for which variables will be created.

A function will be called with a single argument, the plot data. The return value must be a data.frame, and will be used as the layer data. A function can be created from a formula (e.g. ~ head(.x, 10)).


The statistical transformation to use on the data for this layer, either as a ggproto Geom subclass or as a string naming the stat stripped of the stat_ prefix (e.g. "count" rather than "stat_count")


Position adjustment, either as a string naming the adjustment (e.g. "jitter" to use position_jitter), or the result of a call to a position adjustment function. Use the latter if you need to change the settings of the adjustment.


Other arguments passed on to layer(). These are often aesthetics, used to set an aesthetic to a fixed value, like colour = "red" or size = 3. They may also be parameters to the paired geom/stat.


If FALSE, the default, missing values are removed with a warning. If TRUE, missing values are silently removed.


logical. Should this layer be included in the legends? NA, the default, includes if any aesthetics are mapped. FALSE never includes, and TRUE always includes. It can also be a named logical vector to finely select the aesthetics to display.


Arrow specification as created by grid::arrow().


If FALSE, overrides the default aesthetics, rather than combining with them. This is most useful for helper functions that define both data and aesthetics and shouldn't inherit behaviour from the default plot specification, e.g. borders().


A Layer ggproto object.


The mult is a numeric value to scale the proportion of gaps in the line around points.

While the need for this geom is not very apparent, since it can be approximated in a variety of ways, the trick up its sleeve is that it dynamically adapts the inter-point segments so these don't deform under different aspect ratios or device sizes.


geom_pointpath() understands the following aesthetics (required aesthetics are in bold):

  • y

  • alpha

  • colour

  • group

  • shape

  • size

  • stroke

  • linewidth

  • linetype

  • mult


ggplot(pressure, aes(temperature, pressure)) +

# Using geom_pointpath as annotation
ggplot() +
    x = c(1, 0.32, 0.31, -0.12, -0.81, -0.4, -0.81, -0.12, 0.31, 0.32, 1),
    y = c(0, 0.24, 0.95, 0.38, 0.59, 0, -0.59, -0.38, -0.95, -0.24, 0)