I'm trying to include an image (edited in Inkscape) in my document. However, everytime I run the file , it says "File not found".

In Inkscape i have saved the document as .pdf and used the latex option as given by: http://www.howtotex.com/tips-tricks/inkscape-images-with-latex-fonts/

I have tried:

  • export area as page
  • export area as drawing,

to find out if that may be the problem, but error still persist.

Both the .pdf as .pdf_tex file are in the same file as my .tex file.

Note: The example image (given in link above), also in the same file as my .tex file, works perfectly.

This is the code i'm using:

\caption{Double pendulum}

This is the error message that keeps showing up:

enter image description here

I am using Texmaker and Inkscape 0.48

Any help will be much appreciated

Kind regards,



So I think i should add this to give a little more insight into the problem.

This is the image i want to include in my document. The graph I copied it from another document using sniptool and paste it in Inkscape. I want to give it a header and add the symbols underneath so it can have the same font as my tex document. You know, to have a nice and uniform document.

When I draw some random figures in Inkscape and include text such as MoS$_2$ and export it to pdf+LaTeX, it work perfect.

I think it has something to do with editing this image.

What I added was: the text in the top and bottom and the blue numbers

Question reformulation: Can I edit a photo/image (adding text, arrows etc) in Inkscape and export it to pdf+latex and have it work perfectly?

Thank you in advance! enter image description here

  • Have you tried to include the example picture in the above mentioned link? howtotex.com/download/inkscape-howtotex.zip with \input{drawing.pdf_tex} instead of \input{drawing4.pdf_tex} Jun 2, 2014 at 11:21
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    The error message doesn't say "file not found" but "file ended while scanning ...". This means something is wrong with the content of the file. It sounds like a missing brace. Jun 2, 2014 at 11:28
  • Yes @samcarter, I have tried to include the example picture in the above link, works perfectly. I think the problem how Inkscape saves my image as pdf+LaTex.
    – Andrew
    Jun 2, 2014 at 22:29
  • @UlrikeFischer I wish I could figure out what is wrong with the content of the file and know where to add that missing brace. The whole day I have been trying, all possible ways with no luck. Thank you for your effort
    – Andrew
    Jun 2, 2014 at 22:53

1 Answer 1



The "extra info" shows a percent sign in the label text: MoS$_2%--WS$_2$. The unprotected percent sign act as comment char, the rest of the line is ignored by TeX and leaves the \put that sets the label unfinished. A percent sign can be generated by \% in TeX, but I think it is just a typo and a $ sign is intended to close the math for the subscript: MoS$_2$--WS$_2$.

Older analysis:

Your drawing4.pdf_tex is broken, truncated inside the arguments of a \put command, the correct error message is:

! File ended while scanning use of \put.
<inserted text> 
l.9 \input{drawing4.pdf_tex}


A .pdf_tex file is basically:

  % some settings

The following file


generates the same errors as drawing4.pdf_tex.

The inkscape export has failed, try again, possible reasons:

  • Inkscape export: Bug/error/abnormal abortion.
  • Disk full.
  • ...
  • Well I tried about 20x already (not exaggerating). The procedure for exporting is straight forward, and was done exactly as mentioned in the link above. I added extra info to the problem, so maybe that may give more insight. Thank you for your effort Heiko Oberdiek
    – Andrew
    Jun 2, 2014 at 22:51
  • @Andrew: The extra info was indeed helpful and has shown a percent sign in the label text, see the updated answer. Jun 2, 2014 at 23:39
  • The % sign was my issue as well. Thanks for adding the update to your answer!
    – Nils
    Aug 27, 2020 at 9:23

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