# How to influence the name of the pdf file created with pdfLaTeX (from within the source code)?

I have a source file called 2011-05-27_Myfilename.tex and I'd like to create a PDF file from it called only Myfilename.pdf.

Can this be configured from within the .tex file itself?

(It seems to be possible with

pdflatex -jobname=Myfilename.tex 2011-05-27_Myfilename.tex


However, as many different files are concerned, It would be easier to have an option like output=Myfilename in the LaTeX source code.)

• I'm used to making Makefile scripts to generate my PDFs. If that is your case, too, it's easy to enough to either rename the .tex or the .pdf in the process. – ℝaphink May 27 '11 at 7:23
• @Raphink: Thanks, that Makefile approach sounds like a good workaround, however I did not use it yet. As I'm using GUI editors it is quite easy to use the keyboard shortcut to run pdflatex. – MostlyHarmless May 27 '11 at 7:28
• If you have a source file called <date>_myfilename.tex, that probably means you aren't using a version control system. I highly recommend you take a few minutes to learn one such as git, it will make your life easier and better in the long run. Once you get the hang of it you'll never go back to manually saving incremental copies of a file. – Caleb Jul 21 '18 at 13:20
• @Caleb: thank you, good point. I was asking that question 7 years ago, so I don't remember the circumstances exactly, but I have been using a VCS for years now and you're right, it is great and very helpful. (However it is still sometimes difficult for me as a non-programmer to understand the details of it.) – MostlyHarmless Jul 30 '18 at 19:27

I'm afraid you cannot alter the output name from within the LaTeX source: the \jobname primitive can be read but not altered. You can arrange two-file solutions which allow one LaTeX file to 'call' another, but I am not sure that will answer your problem here.

• Just found this question and I have one more remark: obviously, you can do \def\jobname{whatever}, and if you do it early enough, it will affect the names of the .aux, .toc etc. files - but not the pdf. – mbork Jul 31 '11 at 20:40
• Can you, please, add details to the "two-file solution"? How do I "call" another tex file from another one? – digital-Ink Oct 22 '17 at 8:22
• For solutions to output multiple files, refer to a related answer. – Coby Viner Jun 6 '18 at 19:41

You can specify additional parameters (like jobname) at the very beginning of your main file (even before \documentclass):

%& -job-name=newfilenameialwayswanted


It slightly depends on your compiler but it should work.

An additional comment: If you use an IDE, this may cause troubles for file opening hotkeys (the file they will try to open will not be there), in this case, you can look for an option like "output profile" (TeXnicCenter name) - you can also change the filename this way.

So there're no totally convenient ways to change your output filename from source, but it is possible.

You can do as follows.

\documentclass[preview,border=12pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{filecontents}
\begin{filecontents*}{template.tex}
\documentclass[preview,border=12pt]{standalone}
\begin{document}
Hello World
\end{document}
\end{filecontents*}

\usepackage{pgffor,graphicx}
\foreach \outputfilename in {a,b,c}{\immediate\write18{pdflatex -jobname=\outputfilename\space template}}
\begin{document}
The files we created automatically are:

\foreach \outputfilename in {a,b,c}{\fbox{\includegraphics[scale=2]{\outputfilename}}\endgraf}
\end{document}


• this didn't work for me as is. I compiled with pdflatex Any ideas? Thanks. – PatrickT Mar 15 '17 at 12:50
• @PatrickT you need to run pdflatex with the --shell-escape flag – Ahlqvist Mar 16 '17 at 17:55
• Got it, thanks Ahlqvist! (on texstudio, I just added this at the top of the document: % !TeX TXS-program:compile = txs:///pdflatex/[--shell-escape]). – PatrickT Mar 17 '17 at 2:29
• beware: if you are writing the list of filenames over several lines, end each line with a % to make sure you gobble up empty spaces. In my implementation \includegraphics was looking for a .pdf (with a space before the dot) and couldn't find it... – PatrickT Mar 18 '17 at 9:43

Inspired by https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/5265/46718 by @ulrike-fischer , the following code do the job for me for me when compiling with the --shell-escape option:

\def\myjobname{Myfilename}

\ifx\conditionmacro\undefined
\immediate\write18{%
pdflatex --jobname="\myjobname"
"\gdef\string\conditionmacro{1}\string\input\space\jobname"
}%
\expandafter\stop
\fi


(this may need improvements since I'm not sure I understand all subtleties)