how to install TikZ/ PGF


TikZ is not a "program", but a package for LaTeX (and other versions of TeX). If you just want to create graphics and don't know anything about (La)TeX you should make yourself familiar with that (e.g. by reading the article about LaTeX on wikipedia).

If you are using LaTeX, you can use TikZ with


if it is included in your TeX distribution (which is the case for most distributions).


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Updated on August 28, 2020


  • E Be
    E Be about 3 years

    I recently came across a program called TikZ, for creating graphics. I don't know how to install it! In its website I didn't see any instructions. Could any one help me? I am using Windows 7 Home edition. Thanks

    • Hackbard_C
      Hackbard_C about 9 years
      There is no need to 'install' TikZ. Just write \usepackage{tikz} in your document. As you are new to it, you should have a look at A very minimal Introduction to TikZ.
    • Joseph Wright
      Joseph Wright about 9 years
      Do you have LaTeX installed at all? If not, you will probably need to start with some general introductions to the entire area.
    • Admin
      Admin about 9 years
      Well, you should install the surrounding LaTeX of course too ;-) Welcome to TeX.SX! anyway!
    • Andrew Swann
      Andrew Swann about 9 years
      To clarify, tikz is a package for LaTeX and most TeX distributions contain tikz as standard. MiKTeX is a common distribution to use on Windows.
    • E Be
      E Be about 9 years
      thank to all of you. I will start a research in this field.