I have an org file, where I put a LaTeX fragment to be rendered in line with C-c C-x C-l. It is a simple formula:

 e^{i\pi} = -1

I have MiKTeX installed, latex and dvi commands work from command line in Windows without a problem. I also have AUCTeX and preview of the same file (embedded in \begin{document} and stuff) works fine.

I get the following message in the messages buffer:

Failed to create dvi file from c:/Users/Michele/AppData/Local/Temp/orgtex6380KuB.tex
Creating images for entry...done.  Use `C-c C-c' to remove images.
Cannot find image file `c:/Users/Michele/Documents/ltxpnghome_5e3cd2413a24591c2b9e10c34d704b6effc5776a.png'

What to do next?


I have tried to change org-latex-create-formula-image-program to imagemagick instead of dvipng but got no luck. However, during my trials I opened the tex editor of MiKTeX to do some other, basically unrelated, testing. While editor and package manager were open, I went to emacs and reverted back to dvipng and tried again C-c C-x C-l. At this point, I got a series of request to install missing packages!! Guess what? When the requests ended (it was quite a few), everything was working fine and previews are now correctly displayed!

I have tried to trace back the last packages installed, they should be:

ulem, marvosym, wasysym, vasy

Hope this can help in a similar case.

  • Try to compile c:/Users/Michele/AppData/Local/Temp/orgtex6380KuB.tex manually. When you get this error it's typically because some LaTeX package is missing.
    – rasmus
    Commented Jan 5, 2016 at 22:52
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    – Tobias
    Commented Jun 24, 2018 at 15:00

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I think that you should add one of the following lines to your .emacs file (or init.el) :

(setq org-latex-create-formula-image-program 'imagemagick)


(setq org-latex-create-formula-image-program 'dvipng)

More details and further configuration hints available here.

  • thanks, I am aware of that page and scanned it a few times to no avail...I have to try the imagemagick approach, as so far I had the variable set to dvipng. Note that I can see png in line, and other latex command work fine from the shell (windows). Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 15:14
  • Under Ubuntu it is working like a charm with any of the two options but leading to a blank square if none of them is activated. Let's hope that imagemagick will work for you.
    – Lgen
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 15:23

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