I keep getting the following line in my log file

** WARNING ** Version of PDF file (1.5) is newer than version limit specification.

with reference to each image I'm trying to include in my document. The images are inserted easily enough but I'm just a little miffed about this message. I used Inkscape to create the images, and when I was exporting them to PDF, the only option I had for versioning was 1.4. I'm also using XeTeX to compile the document.

How can I get rid of these messages?

3 Answers 3


Try this in your preamble for pdftex:


for XeTeX edit the configuration file dvipdfmx.cfg which can be found for TeXLive in /texmf/dvipdfmx/ and replace the first line with

V 4

It also maybe the other way round, then change it from 4 to 5

  • This doesn't work with XeTeX.
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Jan 12, 2011 at 16:46
  • @Chris: see my amnswer for XeTeX
    – user2478
    Commented Jan 12, 2011 at 17:09
  • @Herbert don't you mean V 5? Since the version mentioned in the warning is 1.5?
    – Alan Munn
    Commented Jan 12, 2011 at 17:11
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    @Alan: 5 is the default and if I understand the problem described correct than the images want to have 1.4 but the document want to be 1.5. However, otherwise it is vice versa :-)
    – user2478
    Commented Jan 12, 2011 at 17:13
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    @Alan: pretty easy to solve, a look into the config file or in the pdf file will give the needed information.
    – user2478
    Commented Jan 12, 2011 at 17:22

If the only images that yield the warning are your Inkscape ones, then the export command wasn't doing what it claimed, since the warning says that the images are 1.5 and not 1.4 (as you thought you had exported them as.)

There is no way to specify the pdf version using xelatex (although there is in pdflatex). Howver, you can specify the minor version when running the xdvipdfmx command. So the following should get rid of the warnings: (this from the command line).

xelatex -output-driver="xdvipdfmx -V 5" <yourfile>

Depending on what OS/editor you're using you can probably make a new script/engine to do this from within your editor.


You could try lowering the version numbers of the included PDFs with ghostscript's ps2pdf14.

ps2pdf14 input.pdf output.pdf

Yes, even though it says "ps2pdf14", it works with pdf files as input. (There is also ps2pdf12, ps2pdf13, etc.)

  • That's a clever observation that it works with .pdf, too! I've done this in two steps before... Commented Jul 8, 2013 at 1:11

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