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Does hyperref work between two files?

I want to make a link in LaTeX to a PDF file on my local network drive, i.e. when you click on it then Adobe Reader should open and show the file. What I tried is the following:

\url{run:d:/my folder/test.pdf}

Does anyone have any suggestions?


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Use \href{run:d:/my folder/test.pdf}{<link text>} instead of \url{...}:

\href{run:d:/my folder/test.pdf}{This is my link}

This works fine with Adobe Reader X (Windows).

  • 4
    Is it possible to go to a certain page, just like the internal links?
    – Gqqnbig
    Commented May 4, 2013 at 8:04
  • This syntax works at best not only with pdfs but also with other files extensions (e.g. Matlab figure files, etc.). Commented Aug 31, 2014 at 21:05
  • took me a while to make this work; finally noticed that a leading "/" on the file path seems to be not allowed. That is, I was using something like \href{run:/d:/...} and that was not working.
    – zkurtz
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 14:44
  • According the this reference, the leading "/" IS allowed.
    – Digger
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 21:55
  • 2
    It doesn't work for me on Adobe Reader XI. The link is littered with %20, %22 etc that prevent the hyperlink from pointing to the right file
    – Argyll
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 21:20

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