I have dozens of figures in my latex named all differently. I want to put them into a single PDF file and call each figure from there via something like \includegraphics[page="label3"]{foo} instead of \includegraphics[page=3]{foo}. In other words I want to call figures from a PDF according to their proper labeling [assigned in creation of this single PDF file containing all figures].

  • May we know why? I'm happy to have each image in a different file, so I can change them at will. So they don't clutter everything up, I've got the segregated into a directory.
    – vonbrand
    Apr 13, 2013 at 16:31
  • For my thesis. I don't want to zip figures and instead send thesis.tex and a pdf.
    – Laura
    Apr 13, 2013 at 16:32
  • What's wrong with a zipfile, or a tar? My thesis was a dozen or so troff files (yes, a long time back), my current lecture notes is 41 LaTeX files and 240 images, and a bunch or supporting/scaffolding.
    – vonbrand
    Apr 13, 2013 at 16:33
  • Then I have to explain how to unzip and where to put folder etc. By the way, my question is similar to this one: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/29323/…
    – Laura
    Apr 13, 2013 at 16:34

1 Answer 1


You could do it by defining the labels to macros which expand to the page number. I would use a custom macro to first create the multi-page PDF and then, with a different definition, to create the label list.

Because this is difficult to understand here some code:

Create a .tex file which contains only the following:

% filelist.tex
\myimagelist{some label}{some path/pdffile1}
\myimagelist{some other label}{some path/pdffile2}
% ....

To create the multi-page document use the following document:

% allpdfs.tex


This will put every (single page) PDF as a page of the resulting PDF, where every page still has to original size.

In your real document could look like this:

\newcommand{\mylabel}[1]{\csname mylabel #1\endcsname}
  \expandafter\edef\csname mylabel #1\endcsname{\arabic{mycounter}}%


\includegraphics[page=\mylabel{some label}]{allpdfs}

or use:


\imagebylabel{some other label}


I couldn't test the code, because I'm currently sitting on a family PC without installed LaTeX, but you should get the principle idea.

  • I have tried you code. First, the figures are all in the 8x11 inch pages, instead of in their original sizes. Second, in the main document I am getting following error: Illegal parameter number in definition of \mylabel ...{\mylabel}[1]{\csname mylabel #2\endcsname} Missing number, treated as zero ...aphics[page=\mylabel{some label}]{allpdfs} Missing \endcsname inserted ...aphics[page=\mylabel{some label}]{allpdfs}
    – Laura
    Apr 13, 2013 at 16:54
  • The #2 should be a #1 and I forgot the fitpaper option for \includepdf. I edited my answer. Please try again. Apr 13, 2013 at 16:59
  • Martin, is there a way to include EPS figures in the filelist.tex?
    – Laura
    Apr 13, 2013 at 17:19
  • @Lara: You need to convert them to PDF first, e.g. using epstopdf or a similar tool. Apr 13, 2013 at 17:36
  • Martin, one last question. Is there any easy way to create bookmarks in allpdfs according to the figure titles [or their labels]?
    – Laura
    Apr 13, 2013 at 17:42

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