Is there a definite place where TikZ manual can be found online?

I am only finding version 2.00, while I keep loosing the link to 2.10.

Does the official site host the manual somewhere, or is it only available in the zip? Any help appreciated.


If you need the absolute most recent version of the manual (even for unstable builds of PGF/TikZ) you can look here: http://pgf.sourceforge.net/ There you can find the manual for the current unstable version of TikZ.

  • For the most current manual, this is the best answer. The version there is more recent than all the other answers (by 3 weeks as I post this comment), and it's a direct link to a PDF (not buried in an archive.) – Nick Matteo Mar 26 '14 at 14:54
  • Changing the accepted answer to this. Since the stable version is outdated (at this time) ctan.org/pkg/pgf this is better. – Andriy Drozdyuk Apr 27 '15 at 13:25

The place to look for the PGF offical released manual would be the CTAN directory: ctan.org/pkg/pgf.

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    That one is from 2010-10-25. Is that really the latest? – gerrit Dec 6 '13 at 16:44
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    As of today, the CTAN link is pointing to the 2.10 of the manual, while version 3.0.0 of the manual is available on sourceforge. – I Like to Code Jan 14 '14 at 1:59
  • CTAN does not hold the latest version, sourceforge does, the manual is zipped as far as I can tell, inside the doc directory: sourceforge.net/projects/pgf/files/pgf/version%203.0.0 – PatrickT Feb 4 '14 at 21:52
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    @PatrickT: Yes, the link in this answer is for the "official released" manual. – Peter Grill Mar 26 '14 at 16:30

You could also use the web site that Stefan Kottwitz and Paulo Cereda recently put together. Just enter


into your browser's address field and you'll automatically be taken to the right place. So in your case, go to http://texdoc.net/pkg/tikz or http://texdoc.net/pkg/pgf, they both lead to the manual, version 2.10.

Joseph Wright wrote about this service on our blog: TeX documentation online: texdoc.net

  • Amazing, how come I never knew about this before damn it. – Andriy Drozdyuk Mar 27 '12 at 20:49
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    FWIW, entering texdoc pgf on the command line will open your locally installed PGF manual, too. – krlmlr Mar 27 '12 at 20:55
  • @drozzy Well, it's just a week or two since texdoc.net was launched. – Torbjørn T. Mar 27 '12 at 21:45
  • @user946850 FWIT = For What It's Worth. Was that so hard? Also, I'm getting "No viewer associated with this file type" error in windows... :-( – Andriy Drozdyuk Mar 28 '12 at 1:58
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    @drozzy: There is! Check out texdoc.net. – doncherry Mar 28 '12 at 8:33

If you want a CVS version of pgf tikz, I put on my site altermundus the complete archive with the documentation and the changelog (it's the version of 24/01:2012) I will put the last one in a few days.

  • That is pretty cool! However, I use Miketex - which gets this stuff for me automagically; also I don't want to have different versions running on different machines. – Andriy Drozdyuk Mar 28 '12 at 1:57
  • You can look only at the new pgfmanual to see what will be the future ! – Alain Matthes Mar 28 '12 at 5:09

The source for this package is on Github (Aug 16, 2019). The manual is created as part of the continuous integration process and uploaded to: https://pgf-tikz.github.io/pgf/pgfmanual.pdf


As of 2019, the documentation (manual) version 3.1.1 can be found in pdf form at: CTAN-math-washington-edu: TikZ & PGF. It's north of 1200 pages, so I suppose this is the complete manual.


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