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Questions about the externalization library of TikZ/PGF.

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Export eps figures from TikZ

Section 32 Externalization Library of the pgfmanual (v2.10) explains how to generate PDF figures and EPS figures. I successfully tried it with PDF output (there is an example with a full explanation ...
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pgfplots: externalization and legend referencing

There are some issues when using the pgfplots option legend to name together with externalization. When I disable externalization, everything works fine. When I enable externalization, I get an error ...
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How to plot a graph from its adjacency matrix and coordinates of vertices?

A similar question is here. If we give all the data of the vertices's coordinates and the graph's adjacency matrix, how to plot it with tikz, pstrick or other tool in tex? here are the data of ...
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Beamer overlays, tikz external and custom file name

This is a follow-up question from Use tikz external feature with beamer \only . Andrew's answer there is excellent, and does the job (almost) perfectly. The rough edge I have found was when I tried ...
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pgfplots, custom legend and tikz library external

I try to create Tikz figure with several pgfplots subplots. I want to have one legend for them since they all have the same curves. I found out from this question that i can label and than reference ...
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References in externalized pgfplots

I was writing on an document with a lot of pgfplots in it. Because of the memory limitation in LaTeX and in order to save some compiling time I tried out the externalize command. With most of the ...
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Externalization to other format, Makefile. Add new rules to the makefile

Through using Christian's method of externalization, shown below, one can convert the pdf's to any chosen format right after the externalization at hand. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \...
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export Tikz figures to PDF

I am in the process of writing my master thesis and i am using Tikz to generate few graphs. Unfortunately, the input file for the graphs are not so small, so i already faced the problem that space ...
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Precompiled preamble with TikZ/Externalize

I'm using the externalize capability of TikZ (external library) to speed up compilation of my TikZ pictures (as explained in Script to automate externalizing TikZ graphics). In addition, I would like ...
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How to make pdfLaTeX multithreaded when `--shell-escape` is enabled?

I am using \write18 enabled (or --shell-escape) with externalization to compile a bunch of PGFplots. The first run takes much time, and I noticed that pdflatex only runs on one CPU core. Is there any ...
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Error using tikz externalize: can't write md5 file

I tried to use the externalize library. It worked fine when all my files where located in the same folder. Usually I am using a subfolder as build folder, where all generated files should be stored. ...
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Use tikz external feature with beamer \only

I would like to use the beamer \only with tikz while external is activated. The problem is, that the \only get ignored. (see also the MWE). I would love to cache the tikz pictures, because it would ...
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Override TikZ externalize “up-to-date” flag

I am currently using the TikZ external package in order to avoid recompiling all figures in my thesis. There are more than 50 figures, relying on large data, and a full build without externalizing ...
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Problem with environment expansion and the Tikz external library.

I've created my own environment mytikz, which basically looks like this (full MWE): \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{external} \newenvironment{mytikz}{%begin code ...
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Integrating latexmk and TikZ external mode=list and make

I've been looking into using latexmk to create my documents because it automatically handles how many passes the document needs to be fully processed etc. So, for example, a simple run of latexmk -pdf ...
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TikZ won't let me externalize and halts on error

TeX Live 2013 I am using pdflatex TeXstudio 2.7.0 Win 7 64 bit Taken from the .log file, via \listfiles: tikz.sty 2013/12/13 v3.0.0 (rcs-revision 1.142) This... MWE \documentclass[ a4paper ]{...
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Attempt to export EPS figures from TikZ fails

I'm attempting to output EPS figures when using MikTeX 2.8 under Windows XP, and am following Export eps figures from TikZ. My problem is that I can't get the bare example given there to run. The ...
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Why does tikz neither draw nor externalize my picture?

I'm trying to generate a gif from a tikz picture, using tikz's external library. Ultimately, my plan is to Convert a picture to gif write a node style that converts the nodes' coordinates to pixel ...
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TikZ Externalize: Referenced legends from PGFPlots are not included

The following MWE without TikZ externalization works. However, the legend at the bottom is lost with externalization. Since the \ref in this example does not refer to anything outside tikzpicture ...
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Cannot run tikz externalize with lualatex but it used to work

I'm trying to use the TikZ externalization library using lualatex (because of various needs). It used to work with no problems (say about 1.5 years ago), but I've now upgraded - I'm on Debian testing,...
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todonotes and tikzexternalize

In my document I use todonotes and TikZ/pgfplots. After activating the externalization in TikZ I realized that todonotes are all exported as well (because they are based on TikZ). This behaviour is ...
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TikZ externalize, pgfplots and animate

I gave a very fetching presentation written with beamer today. It included a pgfplot animated with the animate package, and the result was fantastic. The problem? One of my colleagues wants to borrow ...
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Are the TikZ libraries cd and external incompatible with one another?

Is there a way to use the TikZ libraries cd and external together? This does not work: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{cd, external} \tikzexternalize \begin{document} \...
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TikZ's externalization and mylatex

I know I am greedy... I have tried for quite a while to get TikZ's externalization facilities to work nicely with mylatex, without any luck. My document currently looks like \documentclass{article} ...
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From inside a LaTeX article, I want to render several parts of the code into a separate png (a “render pass”)

I have a long article with many, say, TikZ images. Let's say it looks like: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} ...much more stuff... \begin{tikzpicture} \draw[red] (0,...
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Calc and \settocdepth break \tikzexternalize

This might well be the strangest TeX behaviour I've ever seen and that's saying a lot. The following really is a MWE as far as the header is concerned: \documentclass{memoir} \settocdepth{subsection} ...
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pgf: 'externalize' with 'list and make' on windows [closed]

In the pgfmanual I found today under Section 50.4.4 Customizing the Externalization that you can have multicore support during externalization using the mode list and make. % step 1: generate main....
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TeX capacity exceeded using pgfplots with/without externalization

The following MWE compiles (for me) \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgfplots} \pgfplotsset{compat=newest} \usetikzlibrary{external} \tikzexternalize[prefix=figures/externalized/] \begin{...
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with tikzexternalize, how to name the images with the current name of the imported file

I use to save different tikz images, tikzexternalize, I have no problem if I let tikz name the pictures or if I needed a name for the next image. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \...
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Using externalize with standalones for tikz figures? - (output-directory and tikzexternalize)

I am using TexStudio on Mac with texlive 2016. For my tikz figures I use ktikz and matlab2tikz. Some matlab plots have quite a few data points, therefore I decided to use standalones for all my tikz ...
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Can we get references into externalized pgfplots images to work?

I have some plots created with TikZ and pgfplots. In the captions, I use \ref{...} with plot labels in order to get the marker printed there; a neat feature indeed. Now, when submitting to arXiv one ...
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Compiling CircuiTikZ with -shell-escape (pdflatex)

I'm trying to use both CircuiTikZ and pgfplots. In order not to overflow LaTeX memory, I use the TikZ externalize library with -shell-escape command in pdfLaTeX. It compiles the pgfplots nicely, but ...
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tikzexternalize optimizes away savebox boxes?

I'm having some issues with savebox and tikzexternalize, when I compile the following code without external everything works as expected, if I enable it the single images get generated correctly but ...
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MWE for externalize + automatic recompilation after tikz figure modification

I am using the external library to avoid recompiling tikz figures unnecessarily in a large document. Every now and then I have to change some details of some selected pictures. After the modifications ...
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pgfplots external vs TikZ external

In my preamble I have both \usetikzlibrary{external} \usepgfplotslibrary{external} Since the first one externalizes TikZ figures, while the second one is more aimed towards pgf figures. But since ...
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Automatically set file name of externalized graphics equal to the file name of the tikz/PGF file

As the title says, is it possible to set some options for the externalize library in order to for the filename of the externalized graphics to be equal to the filename of the TikZ-file without using \...
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tikzexternalize only (or not) for flagged graphics

I have a couple of pictures in my work so I started to build them extern in order to increase build speed. But I don't want to externalize all of them, I want a few little pictures to be build on-the-...
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Draft mode in Tikz externalize hides graphics, but not without externalize

Maybe this is expected behaviour, but it's not documented in the manual, and it certainly surprised me. When you use the draft class option and use the tikz external library, all Tikz pictures are ...
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Includepdf causes an error message from pgfplots externalization

I have a file test.pdf which I include in a document containing also an externalized pgfplots picture. When I compile the following code, I get the error message Sorry, the system call pdflatex ... ...
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tikz external use png as default instead of pdf

I have somewhat successfully set up my tikz external code using zeroth's very helpful advise Externalization to other format, Makefile. Add new rules to the makefile My aim is to generate pngs for ...
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externalize pgfplots, and only pgfplots

I would like to externalize the plots in my document (using pgplots), but not other inline stuff, such as bonds automatically drawn by chemmacros. That is, in the following test document: \...
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Referencing a Vertex that has Math Typesetting inside it to make an Edge

I want to create math font inside of my vertex circles, AND draw edges between them. How I typically create network graphs is as follows: \usepackage{tkz-graph} \begin{tikzpicture} \Vertex[x=1,y=6]{...
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tikzscale not working with externalize using named only

I found a weird behavior when using tikzscale in combination with the externalize-library: When I configure externalize with only named = true, but do not set /pgfsetnextfilename for an image, this ...
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Externalising TikZ pictures using XeTeX

I'm trying to use TikZ's external library with XeTeX, for example, and I'm running into some issues. Having set external/system call={xelatex \tikzexternalcheckshellescape -halt-on-error -...
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Including TikZ file: the key '/tikz/cap' requires a value

I'm trying to include a file with a specific shape (cup) into another TikZ image, in order to use the cup as a "stamp" to draw more complex figure. The file is located in /usr/share/tikzit/shapes/cap....
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Using tikzexternalize with pdflscape results in rotated image

When using the external TikZ library to externalize an image in a pdflscape landscape environment, the resulting image is rotated by 90 degrees. This does not happen when including "normal" images. ...
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Question regarding pgfplots externalize

For the sake of speed and potential file size errors I have been trying to set up the externalization of pgfplots/tikz for my figures including/excluding luatex. I have the following question which ...
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Recreate plot when data file changes

Is it possible to use the TikZ/external library and have pgfplots recreate a figure when a data file that is plotted changes? Say I have something like the following: file.tex: \documentclass{...
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TikZ externalization with floatrow package

When using the TikZ externalization library within a \ffigbox from the floatrow package, the external image is created two times. The reason is, that the argument of \ffigbox gets parsed two times. ...
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Error in compiling with Tikz Externalize

I've edited this post as I've broken the problem down to something smaller than a thesis. I can run the following command in the cmd window: lualatex file.tex with the following script no problem: ...