In org-mode, Latex previews are not loaded at startup when using #+STARTUP: latexpreview. I've also tried customizing org-startup-with-latex-preview with no effect. Only way to preview latex fragment is individually doing so by using C-c C-x C-l

As example I'm using the following org file:

#+STARTUP: showall indent latexpreview entitiespretty
* dfs
* df [2/2]                                                              :prb:
- [X] sdf
- [X] sac
* LaTeX embed:
** \gamma \alpha \beta \theta Caracteres especiales, renderizados con: C-c C-x \ Se hace permanente con #+STARTUP: entitiespretty
** Subscripts M_sun ( =M_sun= ) | Superscripts 2^2 ( =2^2= C-x 8 RET hex RET)
** $a ^2=b$ Previsualizar con =C-c C-x C-l= 
** Previsualizar con =C-c C-x C-l=

Edit: Following tobias advice I checked with emacs -Q which seem to work, but now, I don't know what is it in my emacs init file that is making the previews to fail. Next is my init.el file:

(add-to-list 'load-path' "/home/khamsin/.emacs.d/cc-mode")
(add-to-list 'load-path' "/home/khamsin/.emacs.d/custom")

(setq ring-bell-function 'ignore)
(tool-bar-mode -1)
(menu-bar-mode -1)
(setq inhibit-startup-message t)

(require 'package)

;; Activate Solarized theme
(load-theme 'zenburn t)

;; Elpa repositories:
(add-to-list 'package-archives '("melpa" . "https://melpa.org/packages/"))
(add-to-list 'package-archives '("org" . "http://orgmode.org/elpa/") t) ; Org-mode's repository

;; Acivate Line Numbers
(global-linum-mode 1)

;; Ativate indentation at RET
(global-set-key (kbd "RET") 'newline-and-indent)
;; (define-key c-mode-base-map (kbd "RET") 'newline-and-indent)

;;;;;;;;;; Org require and configuration ;;;;;;;;;;
(define-key global-map "\C-cl" 'org-store-link)
(define-key global-map "\C-ca" 'org-agenda)

;; Shift select config
(setq org-support-shift-select t)

;; Org mode margin
(setq-default fill-column 80)
(add-hook 'org-mode-hook 'turn-on-auto-fill)

;; Autopair
(defun autopair-insert-opening ()
     (when (autopair-pair-p)
       (setq autopair-action (list 'opening (autopair-find-pair) (point))))

;; C Style identation
(setq c-default-style "bsd"
          c-basic-offset 4)
(setq-default c-basic-offset 4
                  tab-width 4
                  indent-tabs-mode t)
(add-hook 'c-mode-common-hook '(lambda () (c-toggle-auto-state 1)))

;; Set default font
(set-default-font "Ubuntu Mono-14")

(set-fontset-font "fontset-default"
                  '("Source Han Sans JP" . "iso10646-1"))

;; Org LaTeX alignment
 ;; custom-set-variables was added by Custom.
 ;; If you edit it by hand, you could mess it up, so be careful.
 ;; Your init file should contain only one such instance.
 ;; If there is more than one, they won't work right.
 '(initial-frame-alist (quote ((fullscreen . maximized)))))
 ;; custom-set-faces was added by Custom.
 ;; If you edit it by hand, you could mess it up, so be careful.
 ;; Your init file should contain only one such instance.
 ;; If there is more than one, they won't work right.
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    If you do C-h v org-startup-with-latex-preview RET, what does it say the value of that variable is?
    – elethan
    Dec 29, 2015 at 22:06
  • @elethan org-startup-with-latex-preview is a variable defined in org.el'. Its value is t Original value was nil Local in buffer prb.org; global value is the same Dec 29, 2015 at 22:08
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    Working for me with your org-text snippet, emacs -Q version 24.5.1, and orgmode 8.2.10. Only the buffer-local value of org-startup-with-latex-preview is true. Try again with emacs -Q ! This way your personal setup does not interfere. If this works your setup is the culprit.
    – Tobias
    Dec 30, 2015 at 7:11
  • @Tobias it is working for me too using emacs -Q. I added my init.el file, because reviewing it, I can't find the culprit. Thanks. Dec 30, 2015 at 10:15
  • 1
    Okay, it is time for bisection. First enclose all stuff in your .emacs file into (when nil ...stuff...) and try your thing with emacs (none of the options -q nor -Q). Afterwards shift the (when nil approximately into the middle of the file where it makes sense, e.g., before ;;;;;;;;;; Org require and configuration ;;;;;;;;;; if the error occurs in the second test shift (when nil back to approximately one quarter of the file. This way you should find the culprit quite fast.
    – Tobias
    Dec 30, 2015 at 17:05

3 Answers 3


I experienced the exact same issue. The proposed "solution" using emacs -Q works (also in my case), because it loads a different version of org-mode, in which the bug with previewlatex does not yet exist. (compare M-x org-version if you start emacs with and without the -Q option).

So this problem is probably not related to the .emacs file. Its probably a bug in newer versions of org-mode (I'm using version 8.3.2).


Same issue. If you uninstall the elpa org (8.3.3), emacs will use the built in org (8.2.10). This solves the issue for me.

Note: I'd like to comment on BejaminSchiel's instead of posting an answer but I don't have enough reputation for that.


Had the same problem. Uninstalling the org-contrib package fixed this for me.

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