If possible, can someone help me to animated this figure with Tikz in Beamer?

I updated starting by

1 : ( Yamada-watanab )
2: (Existence faible)
3: (unicite trajectorielle)
4: Tow edges frome  (Existence faible)  (unicite trajectorielle)
5: one Edge from  ( Yamada-watanab ) To (Existence Forte)
6: one Edge from (Existence Forte) to (Defintion) (left one )
7: one Edge from (defintion) (left one) To (Existence faible)
8: One Edge from (unicité trajectorielle) To (Defintion) ( right one)
8: One Edge from (Defintion) ( right one) To (unicité en loi)
9: (unicité en loi)
10: (Engelbert-Cherny) 
11: Tow Edge from (Existence Forte) and (Unicité en loi) To (Engelbert-Cherny)
12: One Edge from (Engelbert-Cherny) To (Unicté trajectorielle)

I tries to use package animated but failed:


                \matrix (magic) [matrix of nodes,ampersand replacement=\&, column sep=7mm, row sep=5mm]{
                    \node (se) [draw,shape=rectangle] {Existence Forte}; \&
                    \node (yw) [draw,shape=circle] {Yamada-watanab}; \&
                    \node (ul) [draw,shape=rectangle] {Unicité en Loi}; \\
                    \node (d1) [draw,shape=circle] {Définition}; \& 
                    \node (d2) [draw, shape=circle] {Définition}; \\
                    \node (we) [draw, shape=rectangle] {Existence Faible}; \&
                    \node (ec) [draw, shape=circle] {Engelbert-Cherny}; \& 
                    \node (pu) [draw, shape=rectangle] {Unicité Trajectorielle}; \\
                \draw[->, thick] (se) -- (d1); \draw[->, thick] (d1) -- (we);
                \draw[->, thick] (we) -- (yw); \draw[->, thick] (yw) -- (se);
                \draw[->, thick] (se) -- (ec); \draw[->, thick] (ul) -- (ec);
                \draw[->, thick] (ec) -- (pu); \draw[->, thick] (pu) -- (yw);
                \draw[->, thick] (pu) -- (d2); \draw[->, thick] (d2) -- (ul);
    \end{frame} \end{document}

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    I am not sure I understand your specifications. Shall each number be a consecutive animation step? Shall the objects from previous animation steps be hidden again? What exactly does "to give" mean?
    – Daniel
    Oct 2, 2013 at 20:13
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    Furthermore: What should happen to the edges. Shall they appear only if both, starting and ending node, are visible?
    – Daniel
    Oct 2, 2013 at 20:17
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    To get yourself started: Take a look at the visible on style defined in this answer
    – Daniel
    Oct 2, 2013 at 20:21
  • @Daniel thanks for ur time so I'll redefine specifications this time with edges
    – Educ
    Oct 2, 2013 at 21:18

1 Answer 1


If by "animated" you mean creating overlays, then a straight application of Daniel's visible on key would solve the problem.

Step 1. Put the following in the preamble:

  visible on/.style={alt={#1{}{invisible}}},
  alt/.code args={<#1>#2#3}{%
    \alt<#1>{\pgfkeysalso{#2}}{\pgfkeysalso{#3}} % \pgfkeysalso doesn't change the path

Step 2. Use the [visible on=<num->] to control the part of drawing you want to show on a particular slide. For example,

\node (se) [draw,shape=rectangle,visible on=<5->] {Existence Forte};

means node (se) will be shown from the fifth slide onwards.

The following should produce an overlay effect you wanted:

    \matrix (magic) [matrix of nodes,ampersand replacement=\&, column sep=7mm, row sep=5mm]{
        \node (se) [draw,shape=rectangle,visible on=<5->] {Existence Forte}; \&
        \node (yw) [draw,shape=circle,visible on=<1->] {Yamada-watanab}; \&
        \node (ul) [draw,shape=rectangle,visible on=<9->] {Unicité en Loi}; \\
        \node (d1) [draw,shape=circle,visible on=<6->] {Définition}; \& 
        \node (d2) [draw, shape=circle,visible on=<8->] {Définition}; \\
        \node (we) [draw, shape=rectangle,visible on=<2->] {Existence Faible}; \&
        \node (ec) [draw, shape=circle,visible on=<10->] {Engelbert-Cherny}; \& 
        \node (pu) [draw, shape=rectangle,visible on=<3->] {Unicité Trajectorielle}; \\
    \draw[->, thick,visible on=<6->] (se) -- (d1); \draw[->, thick,visible on=<7->]  -- (we);
    \draw[->, thick,visible on=<4->] (we) -- (yw); \draw[->, thick,visible on=<5->] (yw) -- (se);
    \draw[->, thick,visible on=<11->] (se) -- (ec); \draw[->, thick,visible on=<11->] (ul) -- (ec);
    \draw[->, thick,visible on=<12->] (ec) -- (pu); \draw[->, thick,visible on=<4->] (pu) -- (yw);
    \draw[->, thick,visible on=<8->] (pu) -- (d2); \draw[->, thick,visible on=<9->] (d2) -- (ul);

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  • Would you please post the full MWE on pastebin? additionally, how can I export the beamer presentation to gif? Thanks in advance
    – Diaa
    Oct 4, 2019 at 23:17
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    Daniel code is here: tex.stackexchange.com/a/55849/138900
    – AndréC
    Oct 30, 2019 at 21:32
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    If the nodes in the animation have labels, one maybe include prefix after command={\pgfextra{\tikzset{every label/.style={opacity=0}}}} in the definition of invisible to have the text hidden as well.
    – kmundnic
    Jan 3, 2020 at 19:35
  • How can I make sure that the tikzpicture has the full size of the final picture from beginning on? Jun 27, 2020 at 13:42
  • @kmundnic your comment would have the next that I'd ask. But where exactly do I need to put this? Jun 27, 2020 at 14:18

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