How do I include audio file, or should I say, link to audio file in PDF?

  1. Audio should be playable "from PDF directly", without opening any additional window.
  2. Is it possible to attach audios to PDF then so I can manipulate only with that file, without being bothered with copying folders where those audio files would reside?

I saw that 1. is definitely doable (but don't know how) and I'm interested if second one is also possible (while compiling .tex file) since I know that some files (like graphs and tables) can be attached in PDF, but after it's generated.

alt text Button for playing audio from document that uses this trick.

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    Keep in mind that most methods for embedding audio/video are not implemented in many PDF readers. It may very likely be the case that the audio link will only work in Adobe Acrobat/Reader.
    – ESultanik
    Dec 21, 2010 at 13:47
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    I am reminded of Knuth's recent talk: river-valley.tv/tug-2010/an-earthshaking-announcement
    – Ryan Reich
    Dec 23, 2010 at 18:41

3 Answers 3


The now obsolete movie15 package used to be a good choice. This package has been superseded by the media9 package. The manuals provide a variety of examples.

  • That's right!!! The movie15 package is in my opinion the best. You can include movie and audio files and 3D models also.
    – rgallego
    Dec 28, 2010 at 23:06
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    The docs for that package say it is obsolete and suggest media9. Nov 14, 2013 at 18:09
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    who answered could update the answer
    – LCarvalho
    Nov 23, 2017 at 8:55

Though suggested packages are very good, after quite of looking around, I've found attachfile the best for my purpose.

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    @user1996 I up voted your self proposed solution. I was not aware of attach file before. Could you describe how does it work? Do you have to unpack PDF file before you play? I see pdftk listed as one way to do that but that is pdf manipulator not a viewer. Does your solution suffer from the same problem as movie15 it depends on Acroread. May 21, 2013 at 12:38

Try the multimedia package, which is part of the beamer distribution. It's documented in Section 14.2 of the beamer 2.10 manual, and it does provide the ability to embed sound files into the pdf. Not all sound formats are supported, and I'm sure not all pdf viewers can play sounds natively. So YMMV.

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