Getting started with networkx
Remarks#
This section provides an overview of what networkx is, and why a developer might want to use it.
It should also mention any large subjects within networkx, and link out to the related topics. Since the Documentation for networkx is new, you may need to create initial versions of those related topics.
Installation or Setup
Welcome to the world of Graphs. If you have connected data then you might need one of the types of graphs to model those patterns. There are several things that can be done with Graphs like mapping traffic patterns, managing water distribution networks, social media analysis, etc… At it’s heart we need to be able to create Nodes and Edges with data associated about each.
NetworkX is a library dealing with Graph Database creation/import/export/manipulation/algorithms/plotting. You can start using several types of network graphs. For example: Facebook might put their users in a plain Graph()
import networkx as nx
facebook = nx.Graph()
facebook.add_node('you')
facebook.add_node('me')
if both_agree_to_be_friends('you','me'):
facebook.add_edge('you','me') #order isn't important here.
Facebook would use a regular Graph() because there isn’t anything special about the edge between nodes. This Facebook example can only have one edge (friendship) between nodes.
Another type of Graph would be a Directed Graph. Twitter would use a Directed Graph because the nodes have a direction. In Twitter I can follow you but you don’t have to follow me. So we could represent that with this code:
import networkx as nx
twitter = nx.DiGraph()
twitter.add_node('you')
twitter.add_node('me')
twitter.add_edge('me','you') #order is important here.
This is how Twitter might set up ‘me’ to follow ‘you’, but not the other way around.
There are MultiGraphs() and MultiDiGraphs() as well just in case you want more than one edge between two nodes. These four types cover a wide variety of problems that can be represented with Graphs. If you want you can add a dictionary of data to both nodes and edges. The documentation on this module is incredible. Every algorithm is well researched and well implemented. I hope you enjoy working with it.
Installation instructions: The detailed instructions on installing NetworkX is available here.
As with any other python package, NetworkX can be installed using pip, Miniconda/Anaconda and from source code.
Installing with pip
pip install networkx
An attempt will be made to find and install an appropriate version of NetworkX that matches your operating system and Python version.
To use pip, you need to have setuptools installed.
If you want to install the development version from GitHub, use the command
pip install git://github.com/networkx/networkx.git#egg=networkx
Miniconda and Anaconda use conda
for software installation/updates.
NetworkX is currently installed with Anaconda. Miniconda doesn’t come with NetworkX by default.
You can update/install NetworkX to the latest version with:
conda install networkx
or if you want to update NetworkX installation then
conda update networkx
Installing from source
Source file archive
 Download the source from https://pypi.python.org/pypi/networkx/ or get the latest version.
 Unpack and change directory to the source directory (it should have the files README.txt and setup.py).
 Run
python setup.py install
to build and install  (Optional) Run nosetests to execute the tests if you have nose installed.
Installing from GitHub

Clone the NetworkX repository (see https://github.com/networkx/networkx/ for options)
git clone https://github.com/networkx/networkx.git

Change directory to NetworkX

Run
python setup.py install
to build and install 
(Optional) Run nosetests to execute the tests if you have nose installed.
If you don’t have permission to install software on your system, you can install into another directory using the user
, prefix
, or home
flags to setup.py.
Requirements To use NetworkX you need Python 2.7, 3.3 or later
Optional Packages
 NumPy: Provides matrix representation of graphs and is used in some graph algorithms for highperformance matrix computations. (https://scipy.org/Download)
 SciPy: Provides sparse matrix representation of graphs and many numerical scientific tools. (https://scipy.org/Download)
 Matplotlib: Provides flexible drawing of graphs. (https://matplotlib.sourceforge.net/)
 GraphViz in conjunction with either PyGraphviz (https://pygraphviz.github.io) or pydotplus (https://github.com/carlosjenkins/pydotplus): provides graph drawing and graph layout algorithms. (https://graphviz.org)
 PyYAML: Required for YAML format reading and writing. (https://pyyaml.org)
3: https://conda.pydata.org/miniconda.html 2: https://networkx.github.io/documentation/development/install.html
Basic program for displaying nodes in matplotlib using networkx
import networkx as nx # importing networkx package
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt # importing matplotlib package and pyplot is for displaying the graph on canvas
b=nx.Graph()
b.add_node('helloworld')
b.add_node(1)
b.add_node(2)
'''Node can be called by any pythonhashable obj like string,number etc'''
nx.draw(b) #draws the networkx graph containing nodes which are declared till before
plt.show() # displays the networkx graph on matplotlib canvas
Additional clarification:
nx.draw(b,nodelist=[1,'helloworld']) #displays the particular nodes which are given by nodelist only
nx.draw_networkx(b,nodelist=[1,'helloworld']) #displays the node along with its name given by us i.e 1, hello respectively