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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).

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  • 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 Since the stable version is outdated (at this time) ctan.org/pkg/pgf this is better.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
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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
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You could also use the web site that Stefan Kottwitz and Paulo Cereda recently put together. Just enter

http://texdoc.net/pkg/<packagename>

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

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  • 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
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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.

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  • 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
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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

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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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