# Draw arrows between nodes with tikz

I have drawn 4 nodes with

\documentclass[tikz,border=5pt]{standalone}

\usetikzlibrary{positioning}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}[node distance=2cm]

% nodes
\node [draw] (A) {A};
\node [draw, right=of A] (B) {B};
\node [draw, right=of B] (C) {C};
\node [draw, right=of C] (D) {D};

% arrows
\draw [->] (A) -- (B) -- (C) -- (D);

\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}


I am trying to draw an arrow between each node.

If I use

\draw [->] (A) -- (B) -- (C) -- (D);


I get lines between each node but only an arrow from C to D.

Can I, in one line, draw arrows between all of the nodes?

edge can be used to put the arrows in one \draw command:

\draw [->] (A) edge (B) (B) edge (C) (C) edge (D);


The usage of -| as path for edge is also possible via option to path:

\documentclass[tikz,border=5pt]{standalone}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}[node distance=2cm]

% nodes
\node (A) at (0, 0) {A};
\node (B) at (1, 1) {B};
\node (C) at (2, 1.5) {C};
\node (D) at (3, 0) {D};

% arrows
\draw[->, to path={-| (\tikztotarget)}]
(A) edge (B) (B) edge (C) (C) edge (D);

\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}


• @Raphael Yes, see updated answer. – Heiko Oberdiek Oct 7 '15 at 16:11
• Thank you! (Nota bene: more complicated paths can be given, but then nodes specified like edge[...] node {...} (target) won't appear.) – Raphael Oct 7 '15 at 19:10
• @HeikoOberdiek, how to add names to edge? For example (A) edge node[pos=0.75,right] {a} (B) doesn't show node a. – Zarko Oct 20 '15 at 2:05
• @Zarko The edges are set at a later time, thus node does not see the path of the edge. A workaround is to add the node to a non-drawn path: \path (A) -| node[pos=0.75,right] {a} (B); – Heiko Oberdiek Oct 20 '15 at 4:49
• @HeikoOberdiek, yes, on such a way this works, however, with your solution \draw[->, to path={-| (\tikztotarget)}] .... this is not possible anymore (because edge target is already incorporated into edge, I think so). Meanwhile i figured out an complicated solution ... if you interested, how I do this, see my upgrade of my answer on question tex.stackexchange.com/questions/273928/orthogonal-edges-style. And, thank you very much! – Zarko Oct 20 '15 at 14:19