# cannot use \caption under minipage

I am using following code to import two images next to each other. When \caption{} is used, LaTeX gives me error caption outside float.

\begin{minipage}{.5\textwidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.5\textwidth]{fig1.eps}
\caption{text for fig1}
\label{fig:fig1}
\end{minipage}
\begin{minipage}{.5\textwidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.5\textwidth]{fig2.eps}
\caption{text for fig2}
\label{fig:fig2}
\end{minipage}


When I remove the \caption from both places, the code compiles correctly.

\begin{minipage}{.5\textwidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.5\textwidth]{fig1.eps}
\label{fig:fig1}
\end{minipage}
\begin{minipage}{.5\textwidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.5\textwidth]{fig2.eps}
\label{fig:fig2}
\end{minipage}


But both the codes do not generate any label naming the figure. (something like Figure 21).

Am I missing anything?

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–  Marco Daniel May 26 '12 at 14:04

To place a caption outside a floating environment, you can use \captionof from the capt-of or caption packages::

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{caption}

\begin{document}

\noindent\begin{minipage}{.5\textwidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.5\textwidth]{fig1.eps}
\captionof{figure}{Some figure}
\label{fig:fig1}
\end{minipage}%
\begin{minipage}{.5\textwidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=0.5\textwidth]{fig2.eps}
\captionof{figure}{Some figure}
\label{fig:fig2}
\end{minipage}

\end{document}


Notice the \noindent and % character I added to prevent undesired spacing.

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The command captionof is provided by every KOMA class, the package capt-of and the package caption –  Marco Daniel May 26 '12 at 14:03
so I have to add a package using \usepackage{caption}? because as it is, it is giving undefined control sequence error. –  maths-help-seeker May 26 '12 at 14:07
@maths-help-seeker yes, either caption (as I did in my example) or capt-of . –  Gonzalo Medina May 26 '12 at 14:08
@maths-help-seeker: Yes, but you can only do that in the document preamble. See Documents with typical LaTeX errors. –  Werner May 26 '12 at 14:09
ok thanks! it worked. It is also now showing the labels. :) –  maths-help-seeker May 26 '12 at 14:10