[Tex/LaTex] How to install a current version of TikZ


TikZ is undergoing lots of development with new features being added, but the versions distributed with standard TeX releases are often a little old. How do I get the latest version? If I want to be sure that I get the latest stable version, how do I do that?

Note: I'm not asking this question for myself, but because a question like this seems to be useful for pointing to it when a new feature of TikZ is mentioned in an answer to some other question. Feel free to post answers for any operating system/TeX distribution combination.

Best Answer

Unless you want to use a development version of TikZ or are stuck with an old TeX distribution, do not manually install TikZ. Simply updating your TeX distribution should give you the newest stable release of TikZ, see How do I update my TeX distribution?

Of course, if you want to get a development version, follow the appropriate answer here.