I'm an IT student who's writing a thesis. IT makes use of a lot of acronyms and so I would like to show an acronym list. For that I made use of the \usepackage[acronym]{glossaries} package. I've defined my acronyms, made my glossary and asked to print it out but nothing shows. I am however able to use the \acrshort{}, \acrlong{} and \acrfull{} commands to reference the acronyms:



\newacronym{rpa}{RPA}{Robotic Process Automation}
\newacronym{ai}{AI}{Artificiële Inteliggentie}
\newacronym{ml}{ML}{Machine Learning}
\newacronym{ipa}{IPA}{Intelligent Process Automation}
\newacronym{bpa}{BPA}{Business Process Automation}
\newacronym{hr}{HR}{Human Resources}
\newacronym{bpm}{BPM}{Business Process Management}
\newacronym{ocr}{OCR}{Optical Character Recognition}
\newacronym{nlp}{NLP}{Natural Language Processing}
\newacronym{nlg}{NLG}{Natural Language Generation}
\newacronym{cmp}{CMP}{Cognitive Modeling Platform}
\newacronym{idr}{IDR}{Intelligent Digital Robots}
\newacronym{mvp}{MVP}{Minimum Viable Product}
\newacronym{api}{API}{Application Programming Interface}


%example piece of text (in dutch)
\acrshort{rpa} kan gecombineerd worden samen met \acrfull{ai} om zo langere en moeilijkere taken op zich te nemen. Hierdoor worden ze door sommigen beschreven als zelf-verbeterende digitale werkkrachten. Enkele velden waarbinnen \acrshort{rpa} kan gecombineerd worden met \acrshort{ai} zijn \acrfull{ocr} en \acrfull{nlg}. \autocite{everythingRPA}


  • Did you run LaTeX, makeglossaries, LaTeX on your file? (Note that the code you shared so far is not a complete example document and can not be compiled directly. It is missing a \documenctlass and does not actually use any of the acronyms. See tex.meta.stackexchange.com/q/228/35864.)
    – moewe
    Apr 4, 2020 at 10:46
  • @moewe the document class that I have to use is a custom one from school, there is no way that I can share this one and what do you mean by run makeglossaries? isn't adding the command enough? Apr 4, 2020 at 11:04
  • If the document class is not available publicly, use a standard class like article, report or book. You need to run makeglossaries on your document just like you run LaTeX or BibTeX. On the command line you'd just say makeglossaries docname, but if you are using an editor, you may have to configure it for makeglossaries.
    – moewe
    Apr 4, 2020 at 11:06
  • @moewe the makeglossaries command in iterm did it all! thanks a lot my man! btw the generated files, do they need to be pushed to github or should the others generate them themselves? Apr 4, 2020 at 11:19

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The document must be compiled with makeglossaries for the list of acronyms to show.

So the compilation cycle contains at least LaTeX, makeglossaries, LaTeX (where LaTeX is your favourite LaTeX flavour: pdfLaTeX, LuaLaTeX, XeLaTeX, ...).

If you compile from the command line, that comes down to

pdflatex <document name>
makeglossaries <document name>
pdflatex <document name>

Though more programs may be involved (the code in the question contains \autocite, which suggests Biber might be involved), so you may well have to run

pdflatex <document name>
biber <document name>
makeglossaries <document name>
pdflatex <document name>
pdflatex <document name>

or more. Usually there should be hints in the .log if you need to run additional programs.

If you are using an editor, it should be possible to configure makeglossaries as a helper tool.

See also How to configure TexStudio editor to use glossaries package with makeglossaries and xindy or how to configure TexStudio to use arara?, How to make Latexmk use makeglossaries?, Setting up arara user command in TeXstudio on Windows.

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