I am trying model a network and is new to tikz. Please let me know how to can I draw node with some outgoing edges to somewhere as given in the image below.Image that I want in my writing

Any help is appreciated.

  • you can draw from nowhere to somewhere \draw[<-]
    – percusse
    Oct 26, 2016 at 15:09

1 Answer 1


You can define the coordinates, in absolute or relative terms, from/to where the arrows should go. Moreover, you can define coordinates in the same way as nodes, by using \coordinate instead of \node, and use their names in \draw commands. One solution:

  \node[circle,draw] (N) {N};
  \draw[<-] (N) -- node[swap,sloped]         {$\mathrm{in}_1$}  +(150:1);
  \draw[<-] (N) -- node[swap]                {$\mathrm{in}_2$}  +(180:1);
  \draw[<-] (N) -- node[sloped]              {$\mathrm{in}_3$}  +(210:1);
  \draw[->] (N) -- node[sloped]              {$\mathrm{out}_1$} +( 30:1);
  \draw[->] (N) -- node[sloped,pos=0.8]      {$\mathrm{out}_2$} +( 10:1);
  \draw[->] (N) -- node[sloped,pos=0.8,swap] {$\mathrm{out}_3$} +(-10:1);
  \draw[->] (N) -- node[sloped,swap]         {$\mathrm{out}_3$} +(-30:1);

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  • 1
    Also note that instead of drawing the line in the direction of the arrow (which is annoying for the incoming arrows) you can just put the arrow on the other end of the line: `\draw[<-] (N) -- node {$\mathrm{in}_2$} +(180:1) ;'
    – Emma
    Oct 26, 2016 at 15:53
  • @Emma Ah, yes, that's nice, I will change it.
    – gernot
    Oct 26, 2016 at 15:54

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