I was wondering if is possible to have latex labels in Gnuplot but with pdf output instead .tex


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    – JP-Ellis
    Feb 26, 2016 at 11:56

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I may reply a bit too late, however, I had the same problem and I've found the solution here.

Basically you need to add a single additional key "standalone" to your terminal definition. I provide a MWE below (script.gp):

set terminal epslatex size 3.5,2.62 standalone color colortext 10
set output 'example.tex'
plot sin(x)

After that you run three more commands:

gnuplot script.gp
latex example.tex
dvips -o example.ps example.dvi

Finally, you can convert the resulting file to pdf. This is probably not the most optimal way to do what you need, however, it works.

UPDATE: Actually, that was a very long way to do this due to my lack of experience. You can reduce the number of steps like this:

gnuplot script.gp
latex example.tex
dvipdf example.dvi example.pdf

However, for some reason dvipdf started giving an empty pdf document some time ago (and I have no desire to dig deeper). You also can use latex directly through pdflatex, however, I get two pdf output files, one of them has no labels at all.


Yes, it is possible. Gnuplot has so called epslatex terminal, which outputs labels in latex and the plot in eps. LaTeX graphics package can automatically convert eps to pdf.

Leyla Akhmadeeva and I wrote a paper about this for TUGboat: http://tug.org/TUGboat/tb34-3/tb108veytsman.pdf

  • Thanks Boris. Is there a way to have a plot with latex labels directly to pdf output from gnuplot's terminal without convert it from eps to pdf within latex package ?
    – Ellis
    Feb 27, 2016 at 16:16
  • @EliasRodrigues you need to process TeX input in TeX using the preamble of your document to get consistent fonts and sizes in PDF. This is the most direct way to do it.
    – Boris
    Feb 27, 2016 at 20:23

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