# Insert PDF file in LaTeX document

I have a problem when I insert a PDF file in LaTeX:

\usepackage[final]{pdfpages}

\includepdf[pages=-]{file.pdf}


The problem is that the PDF page is not centered:

I've tried to place tags center, but nothing works.

I still have the same problem.

For a good layout, I have to do this:

\includepdf[pages=1,pagecommand={},offset=-2.5cm -3cm]{file.pdf}
\includepdf[pages=2,pagecommand={},offset=2.5cm -3cm]{file.pdf}
\includepdf[pages=3,pagecommand={},offset=-2.5cm -3cm]{file.pdf}
\includepdf[pages=4,pagecommand={},offset=2.5cm -3cm]{file.pdf}
\includepdf[pages=5,pagecommand={},offset=-2.5cm -3cm]{file.pdf}


This is very annoying. I want to insert a PDF of 50 pages, I can not insert page by page ...

I tried

\begin{figure}
\centering
\includepdf[pages=-]{file.pdf}
\end{figure}


But all pages of the PDF are superimposed on one page!

And with \usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx} I have an error :

! LaTeX Error: Option clash for package graphicx

P.S. I use a model given by my university. In this model, we find this:

%----- Dimensions -----
\setlength{\evensidemargin}{2cm}
\setlength{\oddsidemargin}{2cm}
\setlength{\textheight}{\paperheight}
\setlength{\textwidth}{\paperwidth}
\setlength{\topmargin}{0.5cm}
\setlength{\voffset}{-2.54cm}
\setlength{\hoffset}{-2.54cm}
\setlength{\footskip}{1.5cm}
\setlength{\parskip}{1ex plus 0.5ex minus 0.2ex}


If I remove this:

\setlength{\voffset}{-2.54cm}
\setlength{\hoffset}{-2.54cm}


the layout of the PDF is OK, but the rest is bad!

• Can you provide a minimal working example of your code? – Juri Robl Mar 27 '13 at 18:15
• By default pages are centered and it works fine for me. So it looks as if either your pdf has curious margins or your pdfpages version has a bug. Beside this: pdfpages has a documentation which also contains a section which describes how to move the pdf around. – Ulrike Fischer Mar 28 '13 at 7:37

I did it this way with package pdfpages:

\includepdf[pages=-,pagecommand={},width=\textwidth]{file.pdf}

• It scaled the pages down to the available text width. If inserting A4 in A4, this will not work properly. The above option with @twoside is the best I could get so far. – Alberto Jun 8 '18 at 13:09
• I would like to keep the original page numbering, but also the new one. I mean my thesis already has a numbering, on top, and I need to embed an article in the appendix. How can I keep both? One inside the other? – skan Sep 17 '19 at 12:08
• Though it's stated in words and in the question, it's better to be explicit: include a line in the preamble \usepackage{pdfpages} – Liam Sep 25 '19 at 23:17
• this one worked for me thanks @Angelo!!! – Victor Archela Dec 4 '20 at 6:35

I found the solution :

\setboolean{@twoside}{false}


And

\includepdf[pages=-, offset=75 -75]{file.pdf}


And it works !

• While it works, I preferred the solution bellow, that changes voffset and hoffset. – Alberto Jun 8 '18 at 13:16
• Works fine! Just need to change the offset a bit. More info on tweaking the offset is welcome. – varsh Jan 31 '19 at 14:59

Try this:

\setlength{\voffset}{0cm}
\setlength{\hoffset}{0cm}

\includepdf[pages=-]{file.pdf}

\setlength{\voffset}{-2.54cm}
\setlength{\hoffset}{-2.54cm}


Then the pdf will be put in the page without the offsets of the rest of the document.

In case you are with a similar problem but do not know which are he actual offsets, you can create two new lengths, store the original values, and restore them again:

 \newlength{\originalVOffset}
\newlength{\originalHOffset}
\setlength{\originalVOffset}{\voffset}
\setlength{\originalHOffset}{\hoffset}

\setlength{\voffset}{0cm}
\setlength{\hoffset}{0cm}
\includepdf[pages=-]{file}
\setlength{\voffset}{\originalVOffset}
\setlength{\hoffset}{\originalHOffset}


I would say: put the page inside a figure environment and use the \centering command. It's action should be restricted to the figure.

\begin{figure}
\centering
\includepdf[pages=-]{file.pdf}
\end{figure}


Note that a simple \includegraphics{file.pdf} should to the trick, no need for extra packages. i.e. this a working code for me:

\usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}
\begin{document}

\begin{figure}
\centering
\includegraphics{file.pdf}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


Moreover, this allows the use of additional scaling options such as \includegraphics[scale=0.50]{file.pdf}, etc.

• Have you tried this? Moreover graphicx's \includegraphics doesn't really need the driver pdftex explicitly specified, since it's picked up by the method of compilation. – Werner Mar 27 '13 at 19:08
• Oops! Typo, I'll edit my post to reflect that. Otherwise, I never used pdfpage, but I used the includegraphics variant countless times :) – jgyou Mar 27 '13 at 19:34
• This actually only work if your PDF contains only one page. It won't create new pages for each of your PDF pages. – igorsantos07 Nov 22 '15 at 2:57
• Indeed it won't. – jgyou Nov 22 '15 at 20:06

Try this. Compile it with pdflatex.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{pdfpages}
\begin{document}
\includepdf[pages=-]{status-lua}
\end{document}


I tested with TeX Live 2012 (just updated several days ago) and it works fine.

Note: status-lua is one (of limited number of others) accessible PDF file (in the installed TeX distribution) that I can use for a demonstration purpose.

• Best working option in particular regarding page geometry. – Vesnog Sep 20 '17 at 11:55