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.

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    @peterGrill the link you posted no longer works!
    – Paulo Ney
    Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 5:21
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    @PauloNey: The one linked to in my answer below seems to work. Better still, just us texdoc pgf or texdoc tikz on the command line (assuming you have access to a terminal shell). Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 7:29

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The latest officialy released manual would be at the PGF site of the Comprehensive TEX Archive Network (CTAN) or directly at https://pgf-tikz.github.io/pgf/pgfmanual.pdf

If you need the absolute most recent version or previous versions of the manual (even unstable builds of PGF/TikZ), then you can look at the list of releases in the GitHub source repository (the PDFs are under the ▶ Assets collapsible item).

  • 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.) Commented Mar 26, 2014 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 Since the stable version is outdated (at this time) ctan.org/pkg/pgf this is better. Commented Apr 27, 2015 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
    Commented Dec 6, 2013 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. Commented Jan 14, 2014 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
    Commented Feb 4, 2014 at 21:52
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    @PatrickT: Yes, the link in this answer is for the "official released" manual. Commented Mar 26, 2014 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. Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 20:49
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    FWIW, entering texdoc pgf on the command line will open your locally installed PGF manual, too.
    – krlmlr
    Commented Mar 27, 2012 at 20:55
  • @drozzy Well, it's just a week or two since texdoc.net was launched. Commented Mar 27, 2012 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... :-( Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 1:58
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    @drozzy: There is! Check out texdoc.net.
    – doncherry
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 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. Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 1:57
  • You can look only at the new pgfmanual to see what will be the future ! Commented Mar 28, 2012 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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