I have to draw a diagram and would like to fit it on a page, thus i have not much space. Therefore I have to "stack" some gates, however it would be beneficial if I could put the outputs of the logic gate on the left and the inputs on the right side. Is there a way to flip a nodes shape (the label & still needs to be readable the right way round)?

Sketch of the issue (left what I would like, right alternative for the time beeing): sketch of the issue, left optimal, right current solution

(I did not put much time into the simplified doodle, but I think it illustrates the issue, how to get the upper and gate)

edit: in my case a 3 input and will do, however I am curious about solutions and not "workarrounds".

MWE: Simply an and gate. Question, how do i turn the input and output sides arround (the order of input n anchors can be upside down)



\begin{tikzpicture} [circuit logic IEC,
every circuit symbol/.style={
logic gate IEC symbol color=black,
fill=blue!20,draw=blue,very thick}]

    \node (and)[and gate]{};
    \draw (and.output) -- ++ (1,0);
    \draw (and.input 1) -- ++ (-1,0);
    \draw (and.input 2) -- ++ (-1,0);


  • Can you add a minimal working example? – Qrrbrbirlbel Jun 19 '13 at 12:51
  • @Qrrbrbirlbel: done, see above for mwe – ted Jun 19 '13 at 13:19
  • Alright, rotate=180 and its clone point left also rotate the &. My fix would be to remove that & and simply put a label where it usually would be. – Qrrbrbirlbel Jun 19 '13 at 13:29

Alright, this is the idea of a solution. As the label option is only a wrapper for append after command we can use \tikzlastnode and extract the proper dimensions and place the & (or whatever symbol is used) appropriately.




% from: http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/106796/16595
%\tikzset{anchor/.append code=\let\tikz@auto@anchor\relax}
  point left/.append style={
    label/.expanded={[inside, very thick, inner sep=2\pgflinewidth]south:\pgfkeysvalueof{/pgf/and gate IEC symbol}},
    and gate IEC symbol=,


  circuit logic IEC,
  every circuit symbol/.style={
    logic gate IEC symbol color=black,
    very thick

  \node[and gate, point left] (and)[]{};
  \draw (and.output) -- ++ (-1,0);
  \draw (and.input 1) -- ++ (1,0);
  \draw (and.input 2) -- ++ (1,0);


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  • thanks for the awnser. I have a hard time searching preto .Since I have no latex guide yet, could you either explain what preto does or where I can read about it/recommend a tex guide explaining it (preferebly available online). – ted Jun 19 '13 at 14:29
  • found out that pretois part of the etoolbox to prepend code, however I am still wondering, why you changed the place where you supply the arguments to the \node command from after the nameto before, is there a reason? – ted Jun 19 '13 at 14:48
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    @ted The inside solution comes from the linked question. — No special reason but my own style. There is no difference where you place the options for a node as long as they are between node (or \node) and the node text {}. I like to gather them directly behind the node/\node text as I find the code more readable that way. – Qrrbrbirlbel Jun 19 '13 at 14:53

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