I am trying a very simple example of trying to import a svg image, I am following the manual on http://mirrors.acm.jhu.edu/ctan/graphics/svg/doc/svg.pdf but this doesn't work at all:


but I get an error:

! LaTeX Error: Unknown graphics extension: .svg

which shouldn't happen. I don't want to have to keep converting between SVG and EPS (which I can import) because this complicates the image-making process and clutters my directories. I'm trying to use includesvg the same way I would use includegraphics, just like the manual said. The manual isn't giving working examples, and this error doesn't even show up on google searches.

How can I import an SVG image?

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    Do you have tried to use \includesvg{p} only, i.e. without .svg extension? – user31729 Apr 5 '17 at 13:29
  • @ChristianHupfer yes, this gives the error ! LaTeX Error: File ./p' not found` – con Apr 5 '17 at 13:31
  • The introduction of the manual mentions the fact that typesetting should be done with the --shell-espace flag and Inkscape must be accessible fromt he terminal (by setting the PATH variable on Windows for example). Are you sure these requirements are satisfied in your case? – epR8GaYuh Apr 5 '17 at 13:44
  • @epR8GaYuh running pdflatex with --shell-escape and that inkscape is accessible from the terminal make no difference, the same error is produced – con Apr 5 '17 at 13:53

How to include an SVG file, with the minimal working example, with the file "p.svg":


but.... the package svg-extract (or inkscape) may or may not be installed on your system, which you can install on Ubuntu with

con@e:~/Scripts$ sudo tlmgr install svg-extract
[sudo] password for con: 
(running on Debian, switching to user mode!)
cannot setup TLPDB in /home/con/texmf at /usr/bin/tlmgr line 5604

ignore the last line, it works without this.

The latex script can be compiled to PDF with this:

pdflatex --shell-escape svg_graphic.tex
  • Can you please include your p.svg in this MWE? – Adam Kurkiewicz Sep 25 '17 at 12:53

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