labeling edges in tikz

I have the following graph, where I want to label the edges. Is there a way I can integrate this in to the draw command?

{
\begin{figure}
\begin{center}
\begin{tikzpicture}[every node/.style={circle, draw, scale=.8, fill=gray!50}, scale=1.0, rotate = 180, xscale = -1]

\node (1) at ( 2.55, 3.0) {1};
\node (2) at ( 3.87, 0.92) {2};
\node (3) at ( 6.85, 0.92) {3};
\node (4) at ( 8.17, 3.0) {4};
\node (5) at ( 6.85, 5.0) {5};
\node (6) at ( 3.87, 5.0) {6};
\node (7) at ( 10.2, 3.0) {7};
\node (8) at ( 12.2, 3.0) {8};

\draw (2) -- (1);
\draw (3) -- (2);
\draw (4) -- (3);
\draw (7) -- (4);
\draw (8) -- (7);
\draw (6) -- (1);
\draw (5) -- (6);
\draw (4) -- (5);

\end{tikzpicture}
\caption{Weight 2}
\label{fig:wt2}
\end{center}
\end{figure}
}

• There are several examples on the site; for instance, see Package for drawing RDF graphs – Claudio Fiandrino Apr 10 '14 at 9:50
• This may be more to the point: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/96846/… – Torbjørn T. Apr 10 '14 at 10:03
• This isn't at all a duplicate. It may be that the answer appears somewhere in the answer to the overly broad linked question, but I came here with this specific question of how to change edge label positions, and for that purpose the linked "duplicate" is about as useful as any other overly complex example, which is to say, highly suboptimal. I've flagged for mod attention - no idea if that will result in it being reopened. – Nathaniel Mar 28 '18 at 13:16
• On the other hand, it seems it is a duplicate of this question: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/159461/tikz-edge-label-position. Linking to that question instead would be vastly more useful to future visitors coming in from Google searches. – Nathaniel Mar 28 '18 at 13:21

you can add a new node to your draw command to create a label:

\draw (Point1) -- (Point2) node [<position>, fill=white] {Label Text};


The position Parameter can be one of:

• midway
• near end
• near start

Also you can set the label above or below the connector created by the draw command. Herefore you can use

• above
• above=10pt
• below
• below=10pt
• ...

If you want to create many labels in your drawing i recommend to create a label style you assign to each label node.

If you want to play around with labels and their positions and placing them also on curved lines, use the following code:

\documentclass[border=6mm]{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\foreach \x [count=\i] in {midway, at start, near start, very near start, at end, near end, very near end} {
\draw (0,-\i) .. controls ++(1,1) and ++(-1,1) .. ++(4,0) node [\x, sloped, fill=white] () {\x};
}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


The information can also be found in the pgfmanual on page 195

• Don't forget there's also xshift and yshift. – voices Jul 26 '19 at 15:06