I have a problem with LaTeX packages. My problem seems to be with xcolor, and very close from this question, but their solution does not work for me.

Unfortunatly, even if I put \usepackage[table,xcdraw]{xcolor} before \usepackage{xcolor} the problem continues...

Is there a simple/magic solution?

Here is the packages I use:

11pt, % The default document font size, options: 10pt, 11pt, 12pt
%oneside, % Two side (alternating margins) for binding by default, uncomment to switch to one side
french, % ngerman for German
singlespacing, % Single line spacing, alternatives: onehalfspacing or doublespacing
%draft, % Uncomment to enable draft mode (no pictures, no links, overfull hboxes indicated)
%nolistspacing, % If the document is onehalfspacing or doublespacing, uncomment this to set spacing in lists to single
%liststotoc, % Uncomment to add the list of figures/tables/etc to the table of contents
%toctotoc, % Uncomment to add the main table of contents to the table of contents
%parskip, % Uncomment to add space between paragraphs
%nohyperref, % Uncomment to not load the hyperref package
headsepline, % Uncomment to get a line under the header
%chapterinoneline, % Uncomment to place the chapter title next to the number on one line
%consistentlayout, % Uncomment to change the layout of the declaration, abstract and acknowledgements pages to match the default layout
]{MastersDoctoralThesis} % The class file specifying the document structure

\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} % Required for inputting international characters
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} % Output font encoding for international characters

\usepackage{amsmath} % Use the Palatino font by default

\usepackage[table,xcdraw]{xcolor} % pas OK

\usepackage{xcolor} %OK



\usepackage[backend=bibtex,style=authoryear,natbib=true]{biblatex} % Use the bibtex backend with the authoryear citation style (which resembles APA)

\addbibresource{example.bib} % The filename of the bibliography

\usepackage[autostyle=true]{csquotes} % Required to generate language-dependent quotes in the bibliography









And here is the table I used in one of the chapters (from this website):

% Please add the following required packages to your document preamble:
% \usepackage[table,xcdraw]{xcolor}
% If you use beamer only pass "xcolor=table" option, i.e. \documentclass[xcolor=table]{beamer}
>{\columncolor[HTML]{FFFFFF}}c |
>{\columncolor[HTML]{EFEFEF}}c |
>{\columncolor[HTML]{FFFFFF}}c |
>{\columncolor[HTML]{EFEFEF}}c |
>{\columncolor[HTML]{FFFFFF}}c |
>{\columncolor[HTML]{EFEFEF}}c |
>{\columncolor[HTML]{FFFFFF}}c |}
Row 1: & \#1   & \#2  & \#3   & \#4   & \#5      & \#6     & \#7     \\ \hline
Row 2: & 12 \% & 1 \% & 15 \% & 25 \% & 18.75 \% & 12.5 \% & 6.25 \% \\ \hline
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    If you already load \usepackage[table,xcdraw]{xcolor} you don't need \usepackage{xcolor} Dec 11, 2018 at 12:10
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    Why do you load the xcolor package two times? Try to load it just one time (with options). Dec 11, 2018 at 12:11
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    Where is this MastersDoctoralThesis?, are you sure that class is not already loading xcolor? You can try \RequirePackage[table,xcdraw]{xcolor} before \documentclass to see if that helps.
    – daleif
    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:20
  • @samcarter that particular loading order should not give this error.
    – daleif
    Dec 11, 2018 at 12:20
  • @daleif I'm not saying that this is the cause of the problem, just that it is not necessary Dec 11, 2018 at 12:21

1 Answer 1


 everything _without_ xcolor


Package tikz (via package framed) already loads xcolor internally

  • It does not work: erro message is Missing \begin{document}. \PassOptionsToPackage{table,xcdraw}[xcolor} . Of course I have the \begin{document} after in the maint.tex I am writting in. @Herbert Dec 11, 2018 at 13:21
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    @AgapeGal'lo there is a typo: use \PassOptionsToPackage{table,xcdraw}{xcolor}
    – user4686
    Dec 11, 2018 at 13:29
  • In fact, it works when I use \PassOptionsToPackage{table,xcdraw}{xcolor} ! Thanks a lot ! I have no idea how you got the problem :o @Herbert Dec 11, 2018 at 13:40
  • It is now corrected in my answer
    – user2478
    Dec 12, 2018 at 5:41

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