# Arrow

Arrow[{pt1,pt2}]

is a graphics primitive that represents an arrow from pt1 to pt2.

Arrow[{pt1,pt2},s]

represents an arrow with its ends set back from pt1 and pt2 by a distance s.

Arrow[{pt1,pt2},{s1,s2}]

sets back by s1 from pt1 and s2 from pt2.

Arrow[curve,]

represents an arrow following the specified curve.

# Details

• Arrow can be used in both Graphics and Graphics3D (two- and three-dimensional graphics).
• The following curve specifications can be used in Graphics:
•  Line[…] piecewise line segments BezierCurve[…] composite Bezier curve BSplineCurve[…] B-spline curve JoinedCurve[…] joined curve object
• The following curve specifications can be used in Graphics3D:
•  Line[…] piecewise line segments BezierCurve[…] composite Bezier curve BSplineCurve[…] B-spline curve Tube[…] tubed curve object
• Arrow[Line[]] is equivalent to Arrow[]. Arrow[Tube[]] yields a 3D arrow based on a tube.
• Arrow[{pt1,pt2,}] represents an arrow whose shaft passes through the sequence of points pti.
• The positions of points can be specified either in ordinary coordinates as {x,y}, or in scaled coordinates as Scaled[{x,y}] or using ImageScaled or Offset. »
• The shaft of the arrow consists of a sequence of straight segments joining the specified points.
• Arrow[{pt1,pt2}] is drawn by default with its tail at pt1 and its head at pt2.
• The form, orientation, and position of arrowheads can be specified by an Arrowheads directive. »
• Graphics directives such as RGBColor or Thickness apply to both the shaft and arrowhead elements of an arrow. »
• You can prevent directives from applying to an arrowhead by including explicit directives within the graphic used to specify the arrowhead.
• In Arrow[{pt1,pt2},s] the setback distance s is measured in the ordinary coordinate system of the whole graphic, so that the arrow will just touch Disk[pti,s]. »
• If the whole graphic does not have , then a specified arrow setback may correspond to different distances in different directions in the graphic.

# Examples

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## Basic Examples(6)

A 2D arrow primitive:

A 3D arrow primitive:

A full 3D arrow primitive using tubes:

Curved arrows:

Differently styled 2D arrows:

## Scope(17)

### Arrow Specification(7)

Straight arrow:

Jagged arrow:

Line and tube arrows:

Curved arrows:

Multiple disconnected arrows:

Specify the setback distance for 2D arrows:

For curved arrows:

Specify the setback distance for 3D arrows with line shaft:

### Arrow Styling(7)

Arrows with different thicknesses:

Dashed arrows:

Colored arrows:

Two-dimensional arrows with different sizes of arrowheads:

Three-dimensional arrows with different sizes of arrowheads:

Graphics can be used as an arrowhead for 2D and 3D arrows:

Use Graphics3D to specify the arrowhead:

### Coordinate Specification(3)

Use Scaled coordinates:

Use ImageScaled coordinates:

Use Offset coordinates:

## Applications(7)

Make programmatic annotations to plots:

A simple display of vector fields:

VectorPlot and VectorPlot3D use Arrow:

Use Arrow as an EdgeShapeFunction for GraphPlot:

Define an annotated arrow primitive:

Parallel dimensioning:

Show the direction along curves:

## Properties & Relations(1)

Use Arrowheads to style the axes:

## Neat Examples(4)

A random collection of arrows:

An arrow wheel:

Tangent vectors along an elliptic curve:

A billboard tree using a projected arrowhead:

Wolfram Research (2007), Arrow, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Arrow.html (updated 2010).

#### Text

Wolfram Research (2007), Arrow, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Arrow.html (updated 2010).

#### CMS

Wolfram Language. 2007. "Arrow." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2010. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Arrow.html.

#### APA

Wolfram Language. (2007). Arrow. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Arrow.html

#### BibTeX

@misc{reference.wolfram_2024_arrow, author="Wolfram Research", title="{Arrow}", year="2010", howpublished="\url{https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Arrow.html}", note=[Accessed: 13-July-2024 ]}

#### BibLaTeX

@online{reference.wolfram_2024_arrow, organization={Wolfram Research}, title={Arrow}, year={2010}, url={https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/Arrow.html}, note=[Accessed: 13-July-2024 ]}