TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

When processing with XeLaTeX, some .pdf (I really don't know the difference between them) files give the following error:

! LaTeX Error: Cannot determine size of graphic in xxxx.pdf (no BoundingBox).
! LaTeX Error: Can not include graphics of type: pdf.

I am using graphicx with the [xetex] option, but to no avail. I'm using the following:

XeTeX 3.1415926-2.3-0.9997.5 (TeX Live 2011)
kpathsea version 6.0.1
Compiled with ICU version 4.6 [with modifications for XeTeX]
Compiled with zlib version 1.2.5; using 1.2.5
Compiled with FreeType2 version 2.4.4; using 2.4.4
Using Mac OS X Carbon, Cocoa & QuickTime frameworks
share|improve this question
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Ok, it seems the problem is in the includegraphics options I was using:


The following seems to work fine:

share|improve this answer
You don't need to specify type and so on. XeLaTeX looks for the file name with the extensions .pdf, .eps, .ps, .png, .jpg, .bmp, .pict, .tif, .psd, .mac, .sga, .tga, and .gif` in this order. – egreg Aug 14 '11 at 17:49

I was getting the same error with texstudio

!LaTeX Error: Cannot determine size of graphic in xxxx.pdf (no BoundingBox).

The error was caused because the "build & view" was set "dvi->pdf chain".

The solution is to set

configuration->build->build & view->compile & view

or "pdf chain".

share|improve this answer
Welcome to TeX.sx! – lockstep Nov 9 '12 at 7:33

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.