I just installed TeX Live 2017 and am using XeTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-0.99998 (MiKTeX 2.9.6300 64-bit) (preloaded format=xetex 2018.12.4) 4 DEC 2018 22:30

I have a bmp file named nh-seal_3.bmp with dimensions width 1.33in by height 1.30in

The image was found and saved as a bmp image from this location:


Could someone show me how to insert this in a document using XeTeX and plain TeX coding?

I asked a similar question two years ago (asked May 1 '16 at 23:02, several answers including David Carlisle Aug 25 at 21:07) but I think the XeTeX has more features now, like \XeTexpicfile.

Thank you.

1 Answer 1


For example,

% test.tex
% xetex test.tex
\XeTeXpicfile nh-seal_3.bmp width 8cm
  • Ran without errors but no visible graphics on the page? I bracketed the place where the graphic should be between two letters. The letters appear, with space for the graphic, but no graphic.% test.tex % xetex test.tex \centerline{a \XeTeXpicfile nh-seal_3_sm.bmp width 2in \relax b} \bye log file: This is XeTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-0.99998 (MiKTeX 2.9.6300 64-bit) (preloaded format=xetex 2018.12.4) 5 DEC 2018 11:15 entering extended mode **./graphics-demo.tex (graphics-demo.tex [1] )A Output written on graphics-demo.pdf (1 page).
    – GAS4
    Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 16:24
  • @GAS4: Here a graphics is visible. Something, a bmp file itself?, may be wrong in your case. You can obtain my result here: (w32tex.org/toolsw32/bmp-xetex.zip) Commented Dec 5, 2018 at 21:39
  • Thank you Akira. I guess there was something wrong with the bmp file I had. --George
    – GAS4
    Commented Dec 6, 2018 at 15:37

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