I'm trying to get hyperref to work with pdflatex, but I'm getting the error hyperref Warning: Draft mode on and since all hyperrefs are disabled in draft mode, there are no links being created.

I tried doing the following: \usepackage[final]{hyperref} but still no success.

I'm using document class book: \documentclass{book} so nowhere do I say that I want draft enabled.

Tried compiling on two different machines with TexnicCenter using pdflatex(LaTeX=>PDF).

Any suggestions?

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    Make a complete example. – Ulrike Fischer Aug 6 '12 at 9:47
  • @UlrikeFischer, Working on it.. creating just a simple MWE works, so gotta figure out what breaks it.. :) – Filip Ekberg Aug 6 '12 at 9:50
  • Look in the log-file if another package loads hyperref before you do it. Or if you load a package which could interact with hyperref. – Ulrike Fischer Aug 6 '12 at 9:52
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    @UlrikeFischer, Maybe this is the culpit? \RequirePackage[unicode=true,draft,bookmarks=false]{hyperref} – Filip Ekberg Aug 6 '12 at 9:53
  • It's quite strange that a package loads hyperref with the draft option turned on. – egreg Aug 6 '12 at 10:08

According to the documentation,


should do the trick.

  • where should I place it – F 505 Dec 4 '17 at 20:58
  • @F505 Just before \begin{document} should do. – egreg Dec 4 '17 at 21:15



Additionally, if you want to leave hyperref on for links but keep the same printed output, use something like:


When combined with a package like


it's really great and you can just change the draft option in the \documentclass[] and you can turn your 'to do' notes on and off really easily.


I'm using your same code (with no relevant variations) and it works perfectly for me:

%PassOptionsToPackage{hidelinks}{hyperref} % uncomment to hide links

thesis-preamble.sty contains the line:


Also \RequirePackage[final]{hyperref} (and no PassOptionsToPackage) works.

  • This seems to be almost the same as in the already stated answers. – Stefan Pinnow Mar 29 '18 at 18:21
  • Other answers have minor differences, what I mean that I've done exactly the same thing as the asker, but it works for me – Taekwondavide Mar 29 '18 at 18:34

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