How can we change the line spacing in a long-table? I used package setspace and \linestretch command, but its not working. Minimal Example is attached.

















\caption{dfkg kdlfgj dfjkg dfklgj sd}


\textbf{Country} & \textbf{District} & \textbf{Amount }\textbf{\scriptsize ('000'USD)}\tabularnewline



Afghanistan & L & 6\tabularnewline

Australia & K & 2,9\tabularnewline

Austria & I & 3\tabularnewline

Bahrain & K & 3\tabularnewline
 & L & 1\tabularnewline
Belgium & K & 1\tabularnewline
 & L & 2\tabularnewline

Canada & I & 99,965\tabularnewline
 & K & 9\tabularnewline
 & L & 1\tabularnewline

Cayman I & I & 2\tabularnewline
 & Ka & 1\tabularnewline

\textbf{Grand Total} &  & \textbf{2}\tabularnewline



  • You can change the parameter \arraystretch via \renewcommand; the default value is 1.0.
    – Mico
    Commented May 13, 2014 at 8:16
  • You can use \setstretch{0.8} just before the long table.
    – user11232
    Commented May 13, 2014 at 8:29

1 Answer 1


First, in a LaTeX document it's best not to modify low-level TeX commands such as \baselineskip directly. Second, if you use the setspace package, use its \setstretch command -- or, equivalently, commands such as \onehalfspacing or \doublespacing -- to organize the line spacing for entire document parts. Note, though, that even if you've set \onehalfspacing for your document, line spacing in tabular-like environments will still be single-spaced.

To fine-tune the line spacing in tabular-like and array-like environments, start with the \arraystretch command. E.g., to reduce the leading of a given tabular environment by 50%, you could type


between \begin{table} and \begin{tabular}{...}.

For a longtable environment, you would type

% longtable headers, footers, and body

The \begingroup and \endgroup statements serve to keep the scope of \renewcommand\arraystretch{0.5} local to the group.

Of course, if you want the redefinition of \arraystretch to have global or document-wide scope, just insert the instruction in the preamble.

  • Is there any way I can define the \arraystretch only for the content rows, but omit this setting for the header and footer rows?
    – Socrates
    Commented Sep 19, 2018 at 18:47
  • @Socrates - As as I know, the answer to your question is "No". However, I'm not the ultimate expert on this subject. I would like to encourage you to post a new query to explore exactly this topic. Thanks.
    – Mico
    Commented Sep 19, 2018 at 18:55
  • 1
    Already done, tex.stackexchange.com/questions/451581/…
    – Socrates
    Commented Sep 19, 2018 at 20:01

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