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[Questioning] This axis guide is probably best described as ggplot2::annotation_logticks() but implemented as a guide instead of a geom. The tick marks probably best suit log10 transformations. The function is questioned due to a possible migration of guide functions after ggplot2 releases a new guide system.


  title = waiver(),
  check.overlap = FALSE,
  angle = NULL, = 1,
  order = 0,
  position = waiver(),
  prescaled = FALSE,
  trunc_lower = NULL,
  trunc_upper = NULL,
  colour = NULL,
  color = NULL,
  base = waiver()



A character string or expression indicating a title of guide. If NULL, the title is not shown. By default (waiver()), the name of the scale object or the name specified in labs() is used for the title.


silently remove overlapping labels, (recursively) prioritizing the first, last, and middle labels.


Compared to setting the angle in theme() / element_text(), this also uses some heuristics to automatically pick the hjust and vjust that you probably want.

The number of rows (for vertical axes) or columns (for horizontal axes) that should be used to render the labels. This is useful for displaying labels that would otherwise overlap.


Used to determine the order of the guides (left-to-right, top-to-bottom), if more than one guide must be drawn at the same location.


Where this guide should be drawn: one of top, bottom, left, or right.


A logical of length one, indicating whether the data has been manually rescaled (TRUE) or the scale takes care of the transformation (FALSE).

trunc_lower, trunc_upper

The lower and upper range of the truncated axis:

  • NULL to not perform any truncation.

  • A function that takes the break positions as input and returns the lower or upper boundary. Note that also for discrete scales, positions are the mapped positions as numeric.

  • A numeric value in data units for the lower and upper boundaries.

  • A unit object.

colour, color

A character(1) with a valid colour for colouring the axis text, axis ticks and axis line. Overrules the colour assigned by the theme.


When this is provided, the guide takes this as the base for the log transformation instead of trying to guess the base. It is recommended to use this argument if the base is not 10.


An axis_logticks guide class object.

Theme elements

This axis guide uses the following the theme elements:


An rel() object to set the size of minor ticks relative to the length of major ticks (axis.ticks.length). Defaults to rel(2/3).

An rel() object to set the size of smallest ticks, also relative to the length of major ticks (axis.ticks.length). Defaults to rel(1/3).


# The guide works well out of the box with log10 scales
p <- ggplot(pressure, aes(temperature, pressure)) +
p + scale_y_log10(guide = "axis_logticks")

# If the data is already transformed, you can set 'prescaled' to TRUE
ggplot(pressure, aes(temperature, log10(pressure))) +
  geom_line() +
  guides(y = guide_axis_logticks(prescaled = TRUE))

# The lenghts of the log-ticks are controlled by the theme relative to the
# major ticks.
p + scale_y_log10(guide = "axis_logticks") +
    axis.ticks.length.y = unit(1, "cm"),
    ggh4x.axis.ticks.length.minor = rel(0.55), = rel(0.1)