MacTEX-2014, TeXShop 3.36.1 on Mac OS 10.9.5 -- when using hyperref I do not see the colored border that should appear around the hyperlinks in the pdf.

for example, when compiled with pdflatex, the code below should produce a pdf with a green border around the link on the right of "abc", but it does not. Any idea how to check where the problem is?

\hypersetup{colorlinks=false,pdfborder=0 0 1,citebordercolor={0 1 0}}

abc \cite{123}

\bibitem{123} efg

this is the list of files from the generated .log

File List
article.cls 2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX document class
size10.clo 2007/10/19 v1.4h Standard LaTeX file (size option)
hyperref.sty 2012/11/06 v6.83m Hypertext links for LaTeX
hobsub-hyperref.sty 2012/05/28 v1.13 Bundle oberdiek, subset hyperref (HO)
hobsub-generic.sty 2012/05/28 v1.13 Bundle oberdiek, subset generic (HO)
hobsub.sty 2012/05/28 v1.13 Construct package bundles (HO)
infwarerr.sty 2010/04/08 v1.3 Providing info/warning/error messages (HO)
ltxcmds.sty 2011/11/09 v1.22 LaTeX kernel commands for general use (HO)
ifluatex.sty 2010/03/01 v1.3 Provides the ifluatex switch (HO)
ifvtex.sty 2010/03/01 v1.5 Detect VTeX and its facilities (HO)
intcalc.sty 2007/09/27 v1.1 Expandable calculations with integers (HO)
ifpdf.sty 2011/01/30 v2.3 Provides the ifpdf switch (HO)
etexcmds.sty 2011/02/16 v1.5 Avoid name clashes with e-TeX commands (HO)
kvsetkeys.sty 2012/04/25 v1.16 Key value parser (HO)
kvdefinekeys.sty 2011/04/07 v1.3 Define keys (HO)
pdftexcmds.sty 2011/11/29 v0.20 Utility functions of pdfTeX for LuaTeX (HO)
pdfescape.sty 2011/11/25 v1.13 Implements pdfTeX's escape features (HO)
bigintcalc.sty 2012/04/08 v1.3 Expandable calculations on big integers (HO)
bitset.sty 2011/01/30 v1.1 Handle bit-vector datatype (HO)
uniquecounter.sty 2011/01/30 v1.2 Provide unlimited unique counter (HO)
letltxmacro.sty 2010/09/02 v1.4 Let assignment for LaTeX macros (HO)
hopatch.sty 2012/05/28 v1.2 Wrapper for package hooks (HO)
xcolor-patch.sty 2011/01/30 xcolor patch
atveryend.sty 2011/06/30 v1.8 Hooks at the very end of document (HO)
atbegshi.sty 2011/10/05 v1.16 At begin shipout hook (HO)
refcount.sty 2011/10/16 v3.4 Data extraction from label references (HO)
hycolor.sty 2011/01/30 v1.7 Color options for hyperref/bookmark (HO)
keyval.sty 2014/05/08 v1.15 key=value parser (DPC)
ifxetex.sty 2010/09/12 v0.6 Provides ifxetex conditional
auxhook.sty 2011/03/04 v1.3 Hooks for auxiliary files (HO)
kvoptions.sty 2011/06/30 v3.11 Key value format for package options (HO)
pd1enc.def 2012/11/06 v6.83m Hyperref: PDFDocEncoding definition (HO)
hyperref.cfg 2002/06/06 v1.2 hyperref configuration of TeXLive
url.sty 2013/09/16 ver 3.4 Verb mode for urls, etc.
hpdftex.def 2012/11/06 v6.83m Hyperref driver for pdfTeX
rerunfilecheck.sty 2011/04/15 v1.7 Rerun checks for auxiliary files (HO)
nameref.sty 2012/10/27 v2.43 Cross-referencing by name of section
gettitlestring.sty 2010/12/03 v1.4 Cleanup title references (HO)

  • 1
    Maybe it is a problem with the display or the settings of ocg? IIRC the boxes are set using ocg so that they don't get printed.
    – Juri Robl
    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:26
  • what is ocg? how can check the settings of ocg?
    – user65650
    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:30
  • Exactly how do you see that it does not add a green border? Which previewer?
    – daleif
    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:33
  • ocg (Optional Content Groups) is a feature of pdf that isn't supported perfectly by all viewers. Have you tried another viewer?
    – Juri Robl
    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:33
  • with Texshop or with mac Preview same result (I did not have this problem with older version of MacTEX, TeXShop and osx)
    – user65650
    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:39

2 Answers 2


This is not a problem with TeX. Displaying the box is up to the PDF viewer. So, the above code (run on Mac OS 10.9.5) with TeXShop 3.45.1 is shown as follows:

  1. TeXShop 3.45.1 Viewer: no box

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  2. Acrobat 11.0.9 : box

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  3. Mac Preview (Mac OS 10.9.5): no box

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  4. Firefox 33.0.2 (Mac OS 10.9.5): box

    enter image description here

  5. Chrome and Safari (Mac OS 10.9.5): no box


To simply resolve this problem put this in your document after the "\usepackage"es

\hypersetup{pdfborder = {0 0 0}}
  • 1
    You are trying to solve a problem that only exists in the viewer... Oct 26, 2019 at 21:28
  • You are correct but that is a problem and not supposed to be like this. Oct 26, 2019 at 21:36
  • this answer will fix it no matter where you are looking at it. Oct 26, 2019 at 21:36
  • \hypersetup{pdfborder = {0 0 0}} does not give a border for me; \hypersetup{pdfborder = {1 1 1}} does give a red border for me. Jan 25, 2021 at 21:03

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