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I do know how to build easy flow charts with TikZ, but now I'm completely overextended with this one. I need to rebuild the following Flow Chart. It doesn't need to look exactly like it, but the structure should be the same. I would really appreciate every help!

My main questions are:

  1. I have my tikzpicture inside a figure environment and I would like to have my whole tikzpicture rotated by 90 degree (landscape). How do I do this?
  2. Can I build a Flow-Chart inside a node like you can see in the figure?
  3. Is it possible to create this nice looking headline boxes on top of the actual node-boxes?

FlowChart My Code so far:


\usepackage{tikz} %für Flow Charts
\usetikzlibrary{shapes.geometric, arrows, positioning, calc, matrix}


\tikzstyle{process} = [rectangle, minimum width=3cm, minimum height=1cm, text centered, draw=black, fill=orange!25]
\tikzstyle{block} = [rectangle, minimum width=3cm, minimum height=1cm, text centered, draw=black, fill=blue!25]
\tikzstyle{line} = [draw, very thick, color=black!80, -latex']

 \begin{tikzpicture}[scale=1.0, align=center, on grid, auto], 
% Place nodes
\node (A) [block] {header \\ formular \\ formular \\ text \\ formular };
\node (B) [process, right of=A, node distance=7.0cm] {text \\ formular};
\node (C) [process, right of=B, node distance=7.0cm] {header \\ formular \\ formular};
\node (D) [process, below of=A, node distance=5.0cm] {header \\ text \\ formular};
\node (E) [block, right of=D, node distance=14.0cm] {header \\ formular \\ formular \\ text \\ forular};

% Draw edges
\path [line] (A) -- (C);
\path [line,dashed] ($(A.east)+(0.2,0)$) |- (B);
\path [line,dashed] (B.east) -| ($(C.west)-(0.2,0)$);
\path [line] (C) -- (E);
\path [line,dashed] ($(E.west)-(0,1)$) -| (D.south);
\path [line,dashed] (D) -- (A);



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Welcome to TeX.SX. Questions about how to draw specific graphics that just post an image of the desired result are really not reasonable questions to ask on the site. Please post a minimal compilable document showing what you've tried to produce the image and then people will be happy to help you with any specific problems you may have. See minimal working example (MWE) for what needs to go into such a document. – Tobi Nov 6 '13 at 10:23
I'm sorry for that. My first try is probably quite embarrassing. – Simon Nov 6 '13 at 11:32
@Simon Quite the other way around. – percusse Nov 6 '13 at 12:06
okay :) I have edited my question and the code. – Simon Nov 6 '13 at 12:28
Maybe you can use background to mimic the actually node boxes. Looking forward to nice and elegant solutions. – hengxin Nov 6 '13 at 13:30

For my answer (and these are just examples on how one could do it), you need

  • my positioning-plus library (on TeX.sx),
  • my node-families library (on TeX.sx),
  • the fit library (loaded by positioning-plus),
  • the backgrounds library to draw stuff behind other stuff,
  • the calc library for some funny coordinate calculations and the
  • shapes.geometric library for the ellipse shape.


  basic box/.style={
    shape=rectangle, rounded corners, align=center,
    draw=#1, fill=#1!25},
  header node/.style={
    Minimum Width=header nodes,
    text depth=+0pt,
    fill=white, draw},
    inner ysep=+1.5em,
    append after command={
      node [header node] (header-\TikZlastnode) at (\TikZlastnode.north) {#1}
      node [span=(\TikZlastnode)(header-\TikZlastnode)] at (fit bounding box) (h-\TikZlastnode) {}
  hv/.style={to path={-|(\tikztotarget)\tikztonodes}},
  vh/.style={to path={|-(\tikztotarget)\tikztonodes}},
  fat blue line/.style={ultra thick, blue}
\begin{tikzpicture}[node distance=1cm, thick, nodes={align=center}, >=latex]
  \node[Minimum Width=loop, shape=ellipse, fill=red] (imp-sol)       {ellipsoid box};
  \node[Minimum Width=loop, fill=yellow, below=of imp-sol] (rec-box) {rectangular box, and very wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide\\2nd line};
  \node[shift=(left:.5*x_node_dist)] at ($(imp-sol.west|-imp-sol.south)!.5!(rec-box.north west)$) (for-1) {formula 1};
  \node[shift=(right:.5*x_node_dist)] at ($(imp-sol.east|-imp-sol.south)!.5!(rec-box.north east)$) (for-2) {formula 2};
  \begin{scope}[on background layer]
    \node[fit=(for-1)(for-2)(imp-sol)(rec-box), basic box=blue, header=DMFT loop] (dmft-l) {};
  \path[very thick, blue, hv] (rec-box) edge[->] (for-1) edge[<-] (for-2)
                              (imp-sol) edge[->] (for-2) edge[<-] (for-1);

  \node[east above=of dmft-l, basic box=green, header=DMFT prelude] (dmft-p)
    {Math and text math and text math and text\\ math and text math and text math and text};
  \node[north left=of dmft-l, basic box=green, header=$\rho$ update, shift=(down:y_node_dist)] (rho)
    {Much more text much more text\\much more text much more text};
  \node[basic box=blue, header=DFT part, anchor=north] at (dmft-p.north-|rho) (dft)
    {So much text so much text so much text\\I think I need \texttt{tikz-lipsum}\\or something like that.};
  \node[basic box=green, anchor=north] at ($(dft.north east)!.5!(dmft-p.north west)$) (upd) {update\\$math$};
  \path[fat blue line, <-, dashed, vh] (rho) edge ({$(rho.south)!.5!(dmft-l.south)$}-|dmft-l.south west);
  \path[fat blue line, ->] ({$(upd.south)!.5!(dmft-p.south)$}-|dmft-p.south west) coordinate (@)
    edge[<-, solid] coordinate[pos=.2] (@s) coordinate[pos=.8] (@e) (@-|dft.east)
    {[every edge/.append style=dashed, vh] (@s) edge[<-] (upd) (@e) edge (upd)}
    (h-rho) edge[dashed] (dft)
    ($(dmft-p.south)!.5!(dmft-p.south east)$) coordinate (@) edge (@|-dmft-l.north);


enter image description here

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wow. thank you very much for this! – Simon Nov 6 '13 at 17:03
Great solution, and clever packages! I added this example to the TeXample TikZ gallery. – Stefan Kottwitz Jul 29 '14 at 19:40

To answer the questions in order:

enter code here

(1) Rotating a figure is relatively easy. Add \usepackage{rotating} and change the figure environment to a sidewaysfigure one.

(2) You can add most things within a TikZ node. For your particular question, I would suggest something along the lines of:

\node[text width=5cm,rectangle,draw,rounded corners] (outerNode) {
        \node[text width=2cm,draw] (innerNode1) {$A$};

        \node[text width=2cm,draw,above of=innerNode1] (innerNode2) {$B$};

        \path[line] (innerNode1) -- (innerNode2);
        \path[line] (innerNode2) -- (innerNode1);

which will result in something along the lines of:

enter image description here

(3) Again, similar to the above answer, you can add a lot of different things to a node. In this case I would suggest \usepackage{tcolorbox}, and then having:

\node[text width=5cm] (node:1) {
        title={Node title},
        Box interior text.

which would result in something like:

enter image description here

There are lots of different skins, etc. you can alter the tcolorbox by to suit your styles.

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Thank you, was of much help! – Simon Nov 6 '13 at 17:14

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