I want to make a half circle border, as an arrow head in a tikz diagram.

Does anyone have an idea how to make this style?


Using the arrows library and a dash of PGF code, you can do the following (adapted from an example in the manual, see section 74.2).



% Code for the new arrow tip, called halfcirc.
\advance\arrowsize by .5\pgflinewidth
\advance\arrowsize by .5\pgflinewidth
\pgfsetdash{}{0pt} % do not dash
\pgfsetroundjoin % fix join
\pgfsetroundcap % fix cap

% Declare a reversed version called revhalfcirc.

% Demonstration of the arrow tip.
\draw[help lines] (-3,-2) grid (3,2);
\draw[line width=10pt, revhalfcirc-halfcirc] (-2,0) -- (0,0);


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  • If you want a semicircles instead (filled or unfilled) this is also pretty straight forward. I can easily adjust the answer to suit you if you want something slightly different from the above.
    – qubyte
    Mar 3 '12 at 11:53
  • I could really use filled and unfilled semicircles if you find the time. However, I am using the new arrows.meta library. Not sure if that affects things.
    – Neil G
    Feb 7 '14 at 7:52
  • Also, in the new arrows.meta library, the above arrowheads are called Arc Barb and Arc Barb[reversed].
    – Neil G
    Feb 7 '14 at 7:54
  • This is an old answer to an old question. You should open a new question that references this answer.
    – qubyte
    Feb 7 '14 at 12:25

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