I have used cleveref package for referring to equations, figures, etc in an article. However, I wish to compile my tex file on another system which only has a basic version of tex. I wish to make my tex file sort of stand-alone .

Is there any way I can use a code which will look at my use of formatting references and replace all \cref commands with \ref commands but in the appropriate format.

Ex. when I use:


It should replace the instances of:



Fig. \ref{fig:label-for-fig}
Eq. \ref{eq:label-for-eq}
Sec. \ref{sec:label-for-sec}


Can anyone suggests a code that already exists ? Any language is ok if I can manage to run it on my system.

  • An option could be to use boundle-doc which is a script that collects from your system all the files needed for the compilation of your document and packages them so that you can compile it in another system even if it lacks some packages.
    – Bordaigorl
    Oct 9, 2013 at 17:07
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    Alternatively, you can just copy the .sty file of cleveref to your document's directory.
    – Bordaigorl
    Oct 9, 2013 at 17:09
  • @Bordaigorl Sorry if I wasn't clear. I intend to make the tex file compile as a single file, without needing any style files, etc. I want the directory to have just the tex file and the images it needs. Oct 9, 2013 at 17:15
  • Well, the arlatex script in bounde-doc may still help...
    – Bordaigorl
    Oct 9, 2013 at 17:31
  • I'd be tempted to call this a duplicate of Lightweight equivalent of \cref and \Cref; please confirm if this resolves the issue, and we can close it :) Otherwise, please say how your question is different
    – cmhughes
    Oct 9, 2013 at 18:42

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Trying to reproduce the behavior of cleveref without having it is just a waste of time and hopeless: it's a large package and does things in a, well, clever way.

I don't think you'll use the system with the basic TeX distribution for producing the final version of your document, so delving with those prefixes has dubious usefulness.

Just add to your preamble


and that would be all.

  • +1 but I think poormans version is the way to go, as in Lightweight equivalent of \cref and \Cref
    – cmhughes
    Oct 9, 2013 at 18:46
  • @cmhughes - the poorman's method is a one-way street. I believe the OP is looking for a (sadly nonexistent) method by which his/her \cref commands produce the same output on machines with and without the cleveref package being present.
    – Mico
    Oct 10, 2013 at 4:21

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