Consider the following example using the package pdfx version 1.5.8, setting the PDF version as suggested in https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/202301/99345 for LuaTeX 0.95:

if pdf.getminorversion() \string~= 7 then
  if (status.pdf_gone and status.pdf_gone > 0)
  or (status.pdf_ptr and status.pdf_ptr > 0) then
    tex.error("PDF version cannot be changed anymore")



When building the PDF output with LuaTeX version 1.0.4, the following error occurs:

! error:  (pdf backend): minorversion cannot be changed after data is written to the PDF file
!  ==> Fatal error occurred, no output PDF file produced!

Omitting the package pdfx produces a PDF document with the correct version number 1.7 set. How can the desired PDF version number be set in combination with LuaTeX and pdfx?

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    As pdfx sets the minor version too, you can't set it before loading the package. pdfx has an option (pdf17) to set it, but due to a bug (hyperref options are not passed correctly) it has no effect. May 15, 2017 at 12:14
  • @UlrikeFischer: Is that bug known to the package developers? I could not find a bug tracker for pdfx.
    – sdm4n
    May 16, 2017 at 13:26
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    I didn't reported it, I didn't had the time yet (and also wanted to assemble a number of suggestion first). Write Ross a mail. It is mostly \expandafter's missing, e.g. like this \expandafter\hypersetup\expandafter{\pdfx@pdfAE@opts@xetex} May 16, 2017 at 14:14
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    Are there any news here?
    – TeXnician
    Oct 27, 2017 at 16:01
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    Well, when loading pdfx with one of the pdfa-options, then hyperref's own option pdfa is loaded which sets the pdf version back to 1.4: \kvsetkeys{Hyp}{pdfversion=1.4}
    – Martin
    Nov 13, 2017 at 20:42

1 Answer 1


There was a bug in hyperref versions prior to v6.86a with the pdfa option, which set the PDF always to version 1.4. The latest version of hyperref (>6.86a) fixes that problem.

  • Indeed, the problem is solved with current versions. Rephrase your answer or post a new one and I will accept it as a solution to the question.
    – sdm4n
    Jul 4, 2018 at 14:03

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