I am embedding a PDF file inside my LaTeX-generated PDF file using embedfile:


I would like to also insert a link that the user can click on to open the attachment.

Is there any way to do that?


2 Answers 2


You could use the navigator package instead of embedfile - both packages are quite similar to use (the macro to embed a file is called \embeddedfile instead of \embedfile), but navigator additionally supports the \openfilelink command which creates links to embedded files:

\openfilelink [<appearence options>]{<file name>}[<page number to open>]{<link text>}

A minimal example:

\paragraph{Demonstration:} \openfilelink{myfile.pdf}{Link to the embedded file \texttt{myfile.pdf}}
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    This worked really well. Thanks. Required that I get navigator.tex, yax.tex and texapi.tex, but it was worth it.
    – vy32
    May 26, 2011 at 15:26
  • Doesn't work for me on TeXLive2012, XeTeX.
    – Adobe
    Apr 29, 2013 at 10:45
  • @Adobe The MWE above works fine for me with XeLaTeX (using TeX Live 2012). Do you get any error messages when trying to compile the document?
    – diabonas
    Apr 29, 2013 at 14:36
  • @diabonas: Thanks. I tried again: doesn't produce any error messages. Doesn't work in okular and evince. But works in Adobe Reader after 2 clicks.
    – Adobe
    May 7, 2013 at 7:00

If you want a link, use the package attachfile instead of embedfile. The default behavior of a file attached with \attachfile{filename} is to display an icon, but \textattachfile{filename}{<text>} will turn <text> into a link to your embedded file.

attachfile works well, I've been using it for years.


Regarding your trouble with a printout: The manual of attachfile tells you that the boolean option print=true will never print, unless you tell your pdf-viewer to do that -- and most of them, including Acrobat, won't, anyway what you do. You asked for clickable links, not for printouts. . .

But of course it is possible to have all the text printed on paper, e.g. like that:

\usepackage{calc, attachfile}

\textattachfile[color=0 0 0]{#1}{#2}\doubleprint{#2}\hspace{-\Urlname}#2}



Instead of \textattachfile{}{} use the \textattachfileandprintout or define a shorter command!

Regards, Alexander

  • Argh! Two problems with attachfile. Problem #1 - the text is yellow with Acrobat Viewer. Problem #2 - the text is invisible on Apple's Preview. Any thoughts?
    – vy32
    May 26, 2011 at 1:38
  • @vy32 To solve your first problem, you can say \textattachfile[color=0 0 0]{filename}{<text>} to change the text color to black.
    – diabonas
    May 26, 2011 at 9:50
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    The best solution has been suggested here: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/17926/…
    – Keks Dose
    May 27, 2011 at 6:50
  • In contrast to navigator and hypgotoe, this solution also works for bibtex and within SumatraPDF.
    – koppor
    Feb 26, 2018 at 10:15

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