Hi all mailing listers:

I want to generate a flowchart like in the picture, which is created by Microsoft Visio. I am a newbie in compiling Tex code. I can generate simple flowchart while the attached one is really complex for me. I don't know how to realize the block shape with being filled texts of "Begin", "Framework A", "Framework B" and "End".

Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

PS: I need to fill many mathmatical formulas in this flowchart, so I need Tex coded flowchart. Otherwise, I will directly use Visio-generated one, saving a lot of time especially for a beginner.

Thank you! enter image description here

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    For the begin shape you can refer to TikZ picture shapes where a bunch of style for flow charts are defined. Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 8:20
  • Thanks for your reply. Your provided link is really help. By the way, can you help me draw the the shape of "Framework A"?
    – user22986
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 16:38

1 Answer 1


Here's one possibility using a chain (requires the chains library) and some styles; the "Begin" shape was produced using a signal shape (with signal to east and west) from the shapes.symbols library; the "Accept" shape is a diamond from the shapes.geometric library:




  text width=4cm,
  text depth=1.75ex,
  text height=3ex,
  on chain,
every join/.style={->},
  signal to=east and west},
  shape aspect=2,
  diamond,text width=1.5cm},
  rounded corners=12pt,
  text width=2cm}

\node[thick,draw=#4,rounded corners=#1,fit=(#2) (#3),inner xsep=40pt,inner ysep=8pt] (f\themyframe) {};
  ([yshift=-#1-5pt]f\themyframe.north west) -- 
  ([yshift=-#1]f\themyframe.north west) 
    arc[start angle=180, end angle=90,radius=#1] --
  ([xshift=#1]f\themyframe.north west) --
  ([xshift=-#1]f\themyframe.north east) 
    arc[start angle=90, end angle=0,radius=#1] -- 
  ([yshift=-#1]f\themyframe.north east) --  
  ([yshift=-#1-5pt]f\themyframe.north east) -- cycle;
\node at ([yshift=-0.5*#1-0.3ex]f\themyframe.north) {#5};


  start chain=going below,
  node distance = 0.7cm,
  yscale=0.9,transform shape
\node[begin] (begin) {Begin};

\begin{scope}[every join/.append style={myblue}]
\node[mynode=myblue,below=2cm of begin] (a1) {A1};
\coordinate (aux1) at ([yshift=40pt]a1);
\node[mynode=myblue] (a2) {A2};
\node[mynode=myblue] (a3) {A3};

\begin{scope}[every join/.append style={myred}]
\node[mynode=myred,yshift=-1.2cm] (b1) {B1};
\coordinate (aux2) at ([yshift=40pt]b1);
\node[mynode=myred] (b2) {B2};
\node[mynode=myred] (b3) {B3};
\node[draw=myred,accept,on chain,join] (acc) {Accept?};
\node[below=-10pt of acc,text width=4cm] (aux3) {};

\node[mynode=black,below=1.1cm of acc] (c1) {C1};
\node[end,on chain,join] (end) {End};

\node[label=above right:Yes] at (c1.north) {};

\TitleBox{aux1}{a3}{myblue}{Framework A}
\TitleBox{aux2}{aux3}{myred}{Framework B}

\draw[->,myblue] (begin) --  (a1.north);
\draw[->,myred] ([yshift=-12pt]aux2) -- (b1.north);
\draw[->,myred] (acc.east) -- node[above,black] {No} +(17pt,0) |- (b1);


enter image description here

The frame with a title around some nodes is produced with the command


that uses the fit library to produce a fitting shape for the coordinates <coordinate1> and <coordinate2> using the color specified by <color> and produces the title given in the fourth argument. The optional argument gives control over the rounded corners value used (default=15pt).

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    Thanks Gonzalo Medina. After I posted the question, I also keep trying to make it, but all failed. Thanks very much. I am so surprised by your amaing work! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!
    – user22986
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 21:18
  • @user22986 You're welcome! I made some improvements to the code in my updated answer. Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 1:33
  • @ Gonzalo Medina I confronted with another problem that the multiple-row texts filled the block of flowchart are still two double line space. This is because the whole document are doubleline space-typed, so how can I force content of flowchart follow singleline space. Thanks!
    – user22986
    Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 23:53
  • @user22986 That should be a follow-up question, since it's not directly related to the issue discussed here. Please, feel free to open a fresh new question with this new requirement and providing all relevant information (for example, hoe are you producing doublespacing in your document?). Commented Jun 12, 2013 at 0:35

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