I have a tikz figure in the Overleaf project. I want to export and save the tikz image in a pdf file. I tried using

\tikzexternalize % activate!

as suggested here.

\tikzexternalize % activate!

This didn't help me, it only created a blank tikz image in the compiled document and I am not sure if an additional command has to be included to export the tikz image to save the tikz figure as a pdf in the overleaf project. I'm basically doing this to generate pdf versions of all images in my manuscript for submission. Could someone please help me with this?

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    I think you will have to add more information to your problem, since the link you have provided should actually answer your question. You want to add a tikz picture (you have the code?) into a main document? Is \input{} and option?
    – Roland
    Aug 25, 2021 at 4:01
  • @Roland I'm not sure if I understand what you mean by \input{}. Could you please elaborate?
    – Natasha
    Aug 25, 2021 at 13:41
  • \input{} is a way to import code into a target file. Explanation see here
    – Roland
    Aug 25, 2021 at 22:57
  • @Roland Thank you, but my goal here is to export the tikz figure from overleaf tex file in a pdf .
    – Natasha
    Aug 26, 2021 at 9:24
  • But this does not make any sense. Just click on menu -> Download -> pdf and you will get your tikz.tex as a pdf file without furhter commands.
    – Roland
    Aug 26, 2021 at 9:31

1 Answer 1


Following the method described above, I presume that you have tried heading over to the 'Logs and output files' at the top of the Overleaf page?

For me this works by the following three steps after compiling the file:

  1. The images are saved as individual .pdf files here:
  1. Go to the 'Other logs and files' tab:
  1. Open + save the file.

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