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Questions about the externalization library of TikZ/PGF.

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Tikz image resizing + externalize to eps in standalone

I have a tikz image that I want to resize (with \resizebox) and then export as .eps. The PDF file that is generated by pdflatex has the correct dimensions from resizebox. However, the PDF generated ...
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Conditional inclusion of environment gives random errors

I've spent a few hours trying to debug the following. I did manage to fix it, but mostly by chance. Can someone enlighten me on what actually happened? Initial setup I'm using \usetikzlibrary{external}...
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TikZ-externalizing a PGF image (e.g. from matplotlib)

I am trying to include PGF figures from files (in my case created by matplotlib) and combine them with the TikZ-externalizing workflow. The benefit of including PGF figures in the first place is that ...
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Tikz externalize is **much** slower than tikz on first run

Short version: The tikz externalize library takes something like 2-3 seconds to compile a single very simple diagram. As a result, when there are many diagrams, the first run of pdflatex is really ...
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Stop at error + Meaningfull errors with shell-escape and Tikz externalize

I've been trying to use shell escape and tikz externalize (see for instance here), but I have two issues: when the tikz picture fails with some errors, the compilation does not stops if it compiled ...
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How to use \tikzexternalize and the overlay option at the same time?

I am trying to create a cover page in LaTeX with Tikz (the example provided is very simple but the goal is to have a more detailed cover page). I am using PDFLaTeX. I have to use the overlay option on ...
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todonotes with tikzexternalize - white space problem

For a larger document including many TikZ pictures I am using tikzexternalize and the todonotes package. Based on this question I (re-) defined a command that automatically excludes the todo notes ...
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tikzlibrary: externalize - Generate figures without background

Hello there When using tikz's external library in a document with tcolorbox translucent boxes, the generated figures have the page background and appears as a hole in the tcolorbox box, how to remove ...
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tikzlibrary: external file names with spaces issue

Hello there Currently trying to implement tikz's external library to a file named stack q.tex MWE: \newcommand\subfilename{"./stack q.tex"} \documentclass{article} % pgfplots \usepackage{...
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tikzlibrary: external not outputting usable file

Hello there Currently trying to implement the external library but cant seem to make it work \documentclass{article} % pgfplots \usepackage{pgfplots} % % Uncommenting generates error % \...
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TikZ externalize while using -output-directory

I'm using tikzexternalize to speed things up and to have a clean working directory, And I'm using -output-directory on compilation to have a clean working directory (actually I use cluttex, but I've ...
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TikZ externalize if tikzpictures is wrapped [duplicate]

for simple use I've written an environment wrapping the tikzpicture environment. So far no trouble. Now I realized I've got a huge amount of tikzpictures in my document and I've read once about tikz ...
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\tikzexternalize does not work inside \ifdefined

I am trying to export different pictures as PDFs. I have followed the answer here to give a condition on a figure. It works with a single picture/condition, but I need to combine multiple conditions. ...
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Problem tikzexternalize with \def

I am trying to save some plots as individual PDFs, but I want to decide which ones to save with a condition. mwe.tex: \documentclass[11pt]{article} \...
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pdflatex doesn't allow me to enable system calls from another directory

I am trying to save the plots in my file into separate PDFs. My file is called my_file.tex located in /full/path/to/my/file This is my_file.tex: \documentclass[11pt]{article} ...
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-shell-escape does not work

When running pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode -shell-escape %filename%.tex It gives: Package tikz Error: Sorry, the system call 'pdflatex -shell-escape -halt-on-error interaction=batchmode ...
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tex4ht: using tikzexternalize still includes svg, not png

I'm using make4ht to generate HTML from a .tex file which contains tikz images. I use the tikzexternalize command together with code from Htlatex and Tikz creates sometimes incorrect svgs to ensure ...
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siunitx v3 and pgfplots externalization with lualatex: \micro encoded as "ţ"

Upgrading from TeXLive 2020 to TeXLive 2021 lead to wrong encoding of the siunitx \micro macro, which is displayed as "ţ". The problem only occurs in pgfplots figures being externalized with ...
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Detect type of included file in includegraphics/custom command

To be able to make extensive use of tikz-figures and simultaneously use the project on Overleaf I included the following macro in my project: \newcommand{\TikzCachePath}{tikz-cache/} \tikzexternalize[...
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Externalizing tikz diagrams with arguments

Since my Latex document involves many tikz pictures, often similar, I defined a command with arguments which does a tikz drawing with "decorations" controlled by these arguments: \diag{<-}...
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Tikz external handling optimization

Since I have many and elaborate diagrams (PGFPlots) as well as Tikz images in my document, I have come across a limitation of Tikzexternalize. It takes a long time to compile the document if I make ...
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Avoid remake of references in TikZ externalization

I am working on a large document with considerably more than 100 TikZ-pictures. Within the document individual plots created with pgfplots are referenced using e.g.: \addplot table[x=f,y=T]{\datPath};\...
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Tikzscale does not scale a figure when it contains addplot3

I wanted to implement a 3d-figure containing stacked 2d-layers, with an example below: I used the following code, with a main file: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \...
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Problem using pgfplots and externalize [closed]

Having trouble using the externalize feature of pgfplots. Here is my MWE, from overleafs pgfplots guide so I figure it should work. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgfplots} \pgfplotsset{width=...
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Is it a bug of acmart or hyperref that the acmart class is incompatible with tikzexternalize and lualatex under some unclear conditions?

I'm very confused by this error, and in particular how sensitive it is to things like the number of characters in section titles, and whether or not I stick any space between \begin{abstract} and \end{...
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\tikzexternalize together with drawing on an image with TikZ

I am following this very good answer that explains how to draw on an image with TikZ. Now I tried to implement this new tikz picture I got with Tikz library external but I get the error Package tikz ...
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Package tikz Error: Sorry, the system call 'xelatex -halt-on-error -interactix -shell-escape' with external PGFPlot and TikZ

I have been trying to use external PGFPlot and TikZ because I kept running into out-of-memory issues and it seems to externalize the figures into separate pdfs to be cached is the recommended solution....
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Update externalized tikzpicture written in external tex file [closed]

I'm using pgfplots and \tikzexternalize. I have the following folder structure: tikz/ chapter1/ chapter1.tex main.tex In main.tex the contents of chapter1.tex are included: ... \begin{document} \...
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A mess of tikz/output-figure files and how to how to control it

I am working on a beamer presentation that consists about 25 tikz and pgfplots graphics scattered all over the ~50 frames. Because of the multitude of tikzpictures , I am using the tikzexternalise ...
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Make doesn't find pdflatex when using tikz externalize

In short, I am using tikz externalize. When compiling my main tex file with: pdflatex --enable-write18 --extra-mem-bot=10000000 --synctex=1 lecture-notes.tex it generates a make file. Then, when I ...
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Overleaf cache not working properly with `\tikzexternalize` and `\include.`

I can confirm that some figures go missing or shows up in the wrong place in Overleaf when combining \include and \tikzexternalize. I also tried the suggestion of @usr1234567 in How to externalize ...
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Using tikzsetnextfilename for naming external tikz-files disables tikzscale

To implement the approach discussed here: Automatic detection of Overleaf for fallback images I wanted to give my tikz-files their own names, such that I can either include the tikz-file when ...
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Automatic detection of Overleaf for fallback images

I am currently working on a larger project together with other authors. To make collaboration easier, the project is not only located locally on my PC, but also on Overleaf. Unfortunately, due to ...
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externalize crashes with TikZ-within-TikZ

In the MWE below, there is a custom arrow defined as a separate drawing using \tikz. The arrow is used as an edge node so that it can be sloped automatically. I am also using the TikZ external package ...
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Texlive hangs when using tikzexternal

For a larger project I wanted to start using tikzexternalize to speed up repeated compilation runs. For that I wrote a small test file to check if everything is working correctly before introducing ...
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background package with tikz externalize

I'm trying to use a background image for the title page of a book using the background package. The book has many TikZ images and so I would like to use the TikZ external package. It doesn't work: ...
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About use of \usepgfplotslibrary{external} and \tikzexternalize in Overleaf

I was reading the pgfplots manual today, and I came across the external pgfplots library. It should help decrease the compilation time and avoid regenerating every pgfplots graphics. We (me and two ...
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Weird bug when using tikzexternalize + subcaption with TACL journal template

Minimum working example code: \documentclass[11pt,a4paper]{article} \usepackage[]{tacl2018v2} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{external} \tikzexternalize[prefix=tikz/,optimize command away=\...
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Problem with `current axis` node and `externalize` and `tikzmark` packages

Abstract I use current axis for drawing my axes and add labels to them but, if tikzmarks are used on a tikzpicture, current axis doesn't behave well in the next ones. My main goal is to find out why ...
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Tikz inline plots

I'm using the Tikz package to create a series of plots directly in my main .tex file. I opted for this method because the labels match perfectly the font and size of my main file even if I scale or ...
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Alternatives to tikzexternalize

I know this may sound too broad, but: is there any alternative approach to tikzexternalize out there? Especially when using pgfplots. At least for me, it is not always easy/straightforward to have the ...
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How to modify the counter for tikzexternalize file names?

Many journals require the figures of a submission to be handed in separately, using sensible names. Tikz-external seems like the perfect fit for this job if the majority of figures are based on tikz/...
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tikzexternalize and xespotcolor

With package xespotcolor, I can define and use spot colors with XeLaTeX. This works, even together with tikz. I am, however, having trouble when I try to use spot colors in externalized tikz pictures. ...
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segmentation fault when executing xdvipdfmx through latexmk using externalise library of tikz/pgf

I'm using latexmk (calling xelatex with pdfxe) and have a makefile around it, that calls the externalised makefile from tikz/pgf. The code worked fine list year (last time compiled June-2020). ...
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Tikz externalize sub-folders

I am currently externalizing my tikz figures in a separate folder using \tikzexternalize[prefix=My_folder/] I would like to externalize the figures in several sub-folders within My_folder. How can I ...
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TikZ/external: LaTeX Error: Missing \begin{document}

Why do I get this error of missing \begin{document} in the log file therect.log of the externally built image threct.pdf? P.S. I am sorry for not fully cleaning the code of repeated package loading ...
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TikZ: Image is up-to-date. error: (file) (pdf backend): internal error: unknown image type

What causes the following error? ===== Image 'rect.tikz' is up-to-date. ====== ./rect.tikz:3: error: (file rect.tikz) (pdf backend): internal error: unknown image type ./rect.tikz:3: ==> Fatal ...
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Problem when exporting pgf/tikz to external image (.pdf, .png)

I want to export one or some couples of images from a .tex file to seperate files in PDF and PNG. I read the pgf manual v3.1.7a section 52 (External Library) and many posts from our community, also ...
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Is it possible to cache/externalize each frame in beamer?

Is it somehow possible to cache or externalize each frame in beamer? Similar functionality exists for TikZ pictures (TikZ library "externalize"). The purpose is to speed up the process by ...
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Automagically scale Tikz-Picture and use Externalization and setting of file name

I am trying to implement the solution to a question: Automagically scale Tikz-Picture AND use Externalization The answer helps and I managed to do this, however I would like to give each externalized ...
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