A specification like this


works perfectly giving something like |-->--------.

I would like to use the sep option to shift the arrow in the same way but without the need for an arrow tip at the beginning. If I write


I obtain a shifted arrow tip but the line supporting it starts with the arrow tip. Adding . at the beginning does not help.

The question is: is there an arrow tip name indicating "no tip"? If such tip name existed I could use it to mark the start of the arrow line.

Alternatively: is there a better way to shift the arrow tip using tip specifications?


  • by defining a new arrow tip you can control the extent of the tip.
  • by drawing the arrow in two steps you can draw a -> arrow 10pt long and then the rest; very unsatisfactory.
  • by using decorations one can position items, including an arrow tip, in any position. I would prefer to have an arrow tip specification.

Given TikZ 3 offer such powerful ways to modify the style of the tip (color, scale, slant, line style, bending etc) the absence of a shifting option / null-tip feels like an important omission.

  • Can you try arrows={->[sep=10pt]-}?
    – Jake
    Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 11:10
  • @Jake I should have mentioned I tried that as well but - is not an arrow tip kind and TikZ would throw an error
    – Bordaigorl
    Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 11:14

1 Answer 1


I think I got it by defining my own "no-tip" arrow tip specification:




  every node/.style={circle,draw,outer sep=0},
  \node(A) at (0,0){A};
  \node(B) at (2,0){B};


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