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How to change legend title in ggplot (6)

I am using a facet_wrap in my ggplot and none of the suggested solutions worked for me except ArnaudA's solution:

qplot(…) + guides(color=guide_legend(title="sale year")) 

I have the following plot like below. It was created with this command:

library(ggplot2)

df <- data.frame(cond = factor(rep(c("A", "B"), each = 200)), 
                 rating = c(rnorm(200), rnorm(200, mean=.8)))

ggplot(df, aes(x=rating, fill=cond)) + 
geom_density(alpha = .3) +
xlab("NEW RATING TITLE") +
ylab("NEW DENSITY TITLE")

Now next thing I want to do is to modify the legend title from cond into NEW LEGEND TITLE.

So what I did is to just add the following line add the end of the above code:

+labs(colour="NEW LEGEND TITLE")

But it doesn't work. What's the right way to do it?


I didn't dig in much into this but because you used fill=cond in ggplot(),

 + labs(color='NEW LEGEND TITLE') 

might not have worked. However it you replace color by fill, it works!

+ labs(fill='NEW LEGEND TITLE') 

This worked for me in ggplot2_2.1.0

P.S. I would have commented but my reputation is not enough to comment.


Since in your code you used ggplot(data, fill= cond) to create the histogram you need to add the legend title by also using "fill" in the label section i.e. +labs(fill="Title name"). If you were using a different type of plot where the code was ggplot(data, colour= cond), then you could use +labs(colour= "Title Name"). In summary, the lab argument has to match the aes argument.

I have used + guides(fill=guide_legend("my awesome title")) to change the legend title on geom_bar plots but it did not seem to work for geom_point.


Since you have two densitys I imagine you may be wanting to set your own colours with scale_fill_manual.

If so you can do:

df <- data.frame(x=1:10,group=c(rep("a",5),rep("b",5)))

legend_title <- "OMG My Title"

ggplot(df, aes(x=x, fill=group)) + geom_density(alpha=.3) +   
    scale_fill_manual(legend_title,values=c("orange","red"))


This should work:

p <- ggplot(df, aes(x=rating, fill=cond)) + 
           geom_density(alpha=.3) + 
           xlab("NEW RATING TITLE") + 
           ylab("NEW DENSITY TITLE")
p <- p + guides(fill=guide_legend(title="New Legend Title"))

(or alternatively)

p + scale_fill_discrete(name = "New Legend Title")

You can also add a single line (last line):

ggplot(df, aes(x=rating, fill=cond)) + 
  geom_density(alpha = .3) +
  xlab("NEW RATING TITLE") +
  ylab("NEW DENSITY TITLE") +
  labs(fill = "Your Title")




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