This question is similar to that one, but I'd like to execute pdfcrop when including a PDF.

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When the shell escape feature (--shell-escape or --enable-write18 (MiKTeX)) is enabled, the conversion can be called via \immediate\write18{...}:

\immediate\write18{pdfcrop image.pdf}%

The conversion can be limited to the cases, where the cropped image file not yet exists:

\IfFileExists{image-crop.pdf}{}{\immediate\write18{pdfcrop image.pdf}}%
  • You might mention the shellesc package, which will be particularly handy when LuaTeX 0.90 will be included in TeX Live 2016 and won't support \write18.
    – egreg
    Commented Apr 3, 2016 at 21:11

Based on Heiko Oberdiek's answer I wrote a command to crop all included PDFs

    \immediate\write18{pdfcrop #2}%


  • it doesn't check if the graphic is a PDF
  • it should be optional
  • 1
    this is missing % at ends of lines so will add three inter-word spaces before the image, and one after. Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 9:37

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