colorlinks   = true, %Colours links instead of ugly boxes
    urlcolor     = blue, %Colour for external hyperlinks
    linkcolor    = blue, %Colour of internal links
    citecolor   = red %Colour of citations


    \tableofcontents \newpage   

    \chapter{New Chapter}
    I am citing a book \footnote{sample footnote}.


I get following error message.

! LaTeX Error: No counter 'Hfootnote' defined.

See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.

My .mk4 file is as follows:

Make:htlatex {}
Make:htlatex {}
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    Your code can not be tested as we don't have the input files. Show a real minimal example. – Ulrike Fischer Sep 5 '19 at 13:33
  • Added a simplified code. There is some issue with HFootnote. – Jyotiranjan Beuria Sep 5 '19 at 14:13
  • Does the problem actually have anything to do with biblatex or can you reproduce the same error without biblatex? (If the latter is the case, please simplify your MWE further.) – moewe Sep 5 '19 at 15:09
  • The error exists independent of biblatex. As soon as I add \usepackage[hyperindex=true]{hyperref}, it gives error. – Jyotiranjan Beuria Sep 5 '19 at 15:13
  • If the question has otherwise nothing to do with biblatex I recommend you remove the code for the bibliography (and the biblatex tag) to streamline the question and provide only the code necessary to reproduce the issue and nothing more. – moewe Sep 5 '19 at 15:17

There is a clash between Memoir, Hyperref and tex4ht in a definition of footnotes. The simplest fix is to define the Hfootnote counter in tex4ht. This can be done in a custom configuration file. Save the following code as mycfg.cfg:


Request the config file using

tex4ebook -c mycfg.cfg filename.tex

The compilation should run without errors.

  • Thanks! this works. However, when a bibliography entry is clicked, it comes back to the first page of the chapter instead of bibliography page. – Jyotiranjan Beuria Sep 6 '19 at 11:59
  • @JyotiranjanBeuria I think this is another issue. or did it work before this fix? – michal.h21 Sep 6 '19 at 12:25
  • Yes, it worked before this trick. Now with this .cfg file, I am not able to reach an appropriate bibliography page. – Jyotiranjan Beuria Sep 6 '19 at 12:29

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