I need a step by step (very simple like myself) instructions on how to install the pdfpages package. It's taken me time to figure out I didn't have the package. Now I've found and downloaded … but I don't know how to install....

I've attempted to open up the pdfpages.ins within the Texstudio and click on the green arrow to execute and I get this error message.

"Could not start Build & View:PdfLatex: C:... location" -synctex=1 - interaction=nonstopmode"pdfpages".txt.


  • that error means that pdftex could not start it is not an error about any tex package. have you installed tex (miktex or texlive) ? not just an editor such as texstudio? – David Carlisle Apr 11 at 19:15
  • you should never have to install pdfpages "by hand" by processing the .ins file, just install the package via the texlive or miktex package system, but you need to install tex first. – David Carlisle Apr 11 at 19:17
  • Yes, I've installed Texstudio and have been successful writing the needed document; however, now I wish to add a pdf document to the appendix and I'm receiving this error... I was able to add a jpeg quite easily by using the \usepackage{graphic} -- but all the trouble started when I tried to execute \usepackage{pdfpages}… – Bencxjo Apr 11 at 19:27
  • as I say installing just texstudio is the most common cause for that error. Are you using miktex or texlive if you said which tex system you were using someone could tell you how to update it to include pdfpages. you should not need to process the .ins file at all, but i note that your error message shows you were trying pdfpages.txt not .ins – David Carlisle Apr 11 at 19:28
  • try any of the answers to these tex.stackexchange.com/search?q=texstudio+could+not+start – David Carlisle Apr 11 at 19:30

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