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TikZiT is a graphical tool for rapidly creating graphs and diagrams using PGF/TikZ. It was used, for example, to make all of the 2500+ diagrams in this book. It is currently undergoing a port to Qt5 for better cross-platform support. As such, the code on this branch, and these instructions are a work in progress.

Building on Windows

TiKZiT can be built in Windows using Qt Creator (part of Qt for Windows) or Visual Studio with the Qt VS Tools extension.

To build with Qt Creator, simply click 'Open Project' and navigate to the .pro file in the TikZiT repo.

To install Qt VS Tools in Visual Studio 2017, go to Tools > Extensions and Updates, then click "Online" in the sidebar and search for Qt. Configure your Qt install under Qt VS Tools > Qt Options. If you installed Qt using the Windows package above, the path to Qt is probably something like C:\Qt\5.XXX\msvc2017_64. Once that is done, open the .pro file in the TikZiT repo via Qt VS Tools > Open Qt Project File.

The only dependency besides Qt itself is flex/bison, which is used to build the TikZ parser. The simplest way to install this is to download WinFlexBison, then rename or copy win_flex.exe and win_bison.exe to flex.exe and bison.exe respectively, and make sure both are in your %PATH% so the build tools can find them.

Building on Linux

This should be buildable in Linux using a "standard" dev setup (gcc, flex, bison, make). You will also need to configure Qt (see instructions for openSUSE, Ubuntu and Arch Linux). After that, building is:

$ qmake
$ make

Building on MacOS

You'll need Qt5 and poppler with Qt5 bindings. Qt5 can be installed using e.g. Homebrew, as follows:

$ brew install qt5

This doesn't add Qt binaries to the PATH by default, so you may wish to add this to your shell startup script:

export PATH="/usr/local/opt/qt/bin:$PATH"

Then, TikZiT is built just like a normal Qt project:

$ qmake
$ make

Building Poppler with Qt bindings

Although TikZiT doesn't currently support PDF preview, it probably will in the near future via Poppler. Here's the instructions for building it as a developer.

Poppler should be built from source to get the Qt5 bindings. If Qt is setup correctly, the configure script included with Poppler should enable these automatically. Also, note that clang needs to have C++11 features enabled to build successfully. TikZiT has been tested on MacOS with poppler-0.50.0 (available here), built with the following commands:

$ CXXFLAGS="-std=c++11" ./configure
$ CXXFLAGS="-std=c++11" make