I am learning how to draw quantum circuits. I was checking the options available and I could see that Tikz and Quantikz are suitable for making circuits diagrams but I want to know if there are some tasks that Quantikz can do but Tikz cannot. Thanks.

Cross-posted on Tex.SE

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    $\begingroup$ +1. While there is indeed this: tex.stackexchange.com A question specifically about quantum circuits will probably be more likely to be seen by the right people here than there. $\endgroup$ Jul 11, 2020 at 18:54
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your suggestion. $\endgroup$
    – Camilo160
    Jul 11, 2020 at 18:55
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    $\begingroup$ this is a good question per se but off-topic. People here might be interested in it but that doesn't change the fact. It should be asked on tex.SE $\endgroup$
    – glS
    Jul 12, 2020 at 14:20
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    $\begingroup$ @user1271772 Technically that's the right place for it, but I'm more likely to see a question here (as the author of quantikz). $\endgroup$
    – DaftWullie
    Jul 13, 2020 at 7:05
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    $\begingroup$ @user1271772 Sorry, I had muddled the "here" and "there" in reading it $\endgroup$
    – DaftWullie
    Jul 13, 2020 at 14:24

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As Michele Amoretti correctly says, Quantikz is built on top of Tikz. It cannot do anything that Tikz cannot. It is simply intended to provide a wrapper that makes it more convenient for doing the specific tasks associated with drawing quantum circuits.

More specifically, it's done in a way that I find most convenient (as the package author!). Mostly it came about because I'm writing a text book which contains hundreds of circuit diagrams, and I needed that convenience, but knowing that Tikz does a beautiful job of graphics in LaTeX.


As explained in this tutorial, Quantikz is a Tikz package that is specific for drawing quantum circuits. So they are not alternative solutions.


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