# Why doesn't LaTeX allow me to import my .eps file when I compile it?

Everything works perfectly except until the error below. I'm slightly new at LaTeX and perhaps I'm missing a package, but I already have the `graphicx` package. Any help will be greatly appreciated!

``````! LaTeX Error: Unknown graphics extension: .eps.

See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.
...

l.24 \includegraphics[width=2.6in]{02_1.eps}

?
``````
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Try latex instead of pdflatex. ...Rolf – user18173 Aug 29 '12 at 20:52

If you want to use `pdflatex`, you can't directly compile with `eps` files. So you can convert them beforehand or convert them "on-the-fly" with the package epstopdf.

Or you could just use `latex`, which outputs `DVI`, not `PDF`, but you can use `eps` files directly.

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I see that it's creating DVI file. I'm using MikTex 2.9 if this makes a difference. At the end I would like it to be in PDFs and so far whenever I make worksheets they've always been outputted as both DVI and PDF. But now that I'm using eps it's not working like when I was using jpg. – econ Aug 29 '12 at 21:21
I have the esptopdf package installed already but it's still not working. – econ Aug 29 '12 at 21:27
@econ `\write18` must be enabled. Please read section 1.2 Requirements of the package documentation. – Gonzalo Medina Aug 29 '12 at 22:54
@GonzaloMedina With a sufficiently new installation, `epstopdf` is called automatically by `graphics` using 'restricted shell escape', so `\write18` does not need to be enabled. – Joseph Wright Aug 30 '12 at 10:15
@econ: if you want to produce pdf output, (imo) you're best converting the .eps figures to .pdf; that way, one source of doubt is eliminated. if (as you say) you're producing dvi and pdf from a standard run, we need more details, like a sample that processes to produce the error, and also some details of how you run (pdf)latex -- is it from one of the ide thingies, by any chance? -- if so, which one? – wasteofspace Aug 30 '12 at 10:36

With a sufficiently new installation, pdfLaTeX will auto-convert `.eps` files to `.pdf` format for inclusion. However, this relies on you not giving the file extension as part of the name

``````\includegraphics[width=2.6in]{02_1} % No '.eps'
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(From comments, I see you have MiKTeX 2.9, and this MiKTeX should do the auto-conversion.)

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`epstopdf` package will probably solve this problem:

``````\usepackage{epstopdf}
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"probably" sounds conditional. Could you elaborate? – Werner Aug 20 '14 at 13:45