I read this and this question along with the documentation of org-preview-latex-process-alist pulled up by C-h v org-preview-latex-process-alist RET. Alright, I have an idea about what to do. I put this in my init.el under (use-package org ... :init)

(setq org-latex-pdf-process
  '("xelatex -shell-escape -interaction nonstopmode %f"
    "xelatex -shell-escape -interaction nonstopmode %f"))
  (setq xdvsvgm
          :programs ("xelatex" "dvisvgm")
          :description "xdv > svg"
          :message "you need to install the programs: xelatex and dvisvgm."
          :use-xcolor t
          :image-input-type "xdv"
          :image-output-type "svg"
          :image-size-adjust (1.7 . 1.5)
          :latex-compiler ("xelatex -no-pdf -interaction nonstopmode -output-directory %o %f")
          :image-converter ("dvisvgm %f -n -b min -c %S -o %O")))
  (with-eval-after-load 'org
    (add-to-list 'org-preview-latex-process-alist xdvsvgm)
    (setq org-preview-latex-default-process 'xdvsvgm))

Then I try C-c C-e h h to export to html but I get,

org-compile-file: File "/tmp/orgtexlUjxgz.xdv" wasn’t produced. Please adjust ‘xdvsvgm’ part of ‘org-preview-latex-process-alist’.

I don't understand why the xdv file is not produced. My hunch is that there is something wrong with the command xelatex -no-pdf -interaction nonstopmode -output-directory %o %f.

Could someone help?

Here is a minimal document to test it,

#+TITLE: Title Here
#+AUTHOR: Author Name
#+OPTIONS: tex:xdvsvgm

#+BEGIN_export latex
    n &= \frac{n}{2} + \frac{n}{2} \\
      &= \sum_{i=1}^{n} 1
  • The two links at the top are to the same question: can you fix that?
    – NickD
    Commented Jun 19, 2020 at 12:48
  • The usual debugging technique for such problems is to execute the command on the command line and see if it works as you expect. If not, fix the command; if yes, fix the linkage between Org mode and the command.
    – NickD
    Commented Jun 19, 2020 at 13:20
  • Do you mean C-c C-x C-l to get a LaTeX preview? Exporting will just skip the latex secttion altogether since it's not HTML.
    – NickD
    Commented Jun 19, 2020 at 18:55
  • If you try to export the above to HTML, the #+BEGIN_EXPORT latex ... #+END_EXPORT block should not be processed at all: you are saying "This block should only be exported to LaTeX (or PDF since that goes through LaTeX) - any other export should omit it". Are you sure you are exporting it to HTML?
    – NickD
    Commented Jun 19, 2020 at 19:18
  • Okay to be honest, I am not that fluent in org-mode ways. I am using that latex begin end code block because then I get better syntax highlighting (AucTex like). And, it exports to Latex code without actually exporting the begin and end wrap. I fixed the links.
    – scribe
    Commented Jun 20, 2020 at 0:30

1 Answer 1


Okay so I solved the issue with some insight that if the command was failing to produce /tmp/orgtexlUjxgz.xdv then there must be a /tmp/orgtexlUjxgz.log with detail about the issue. And, sure enough, looking at /tmp/orgtexlUjxgz.log I realised that I was missing a package and resolving that fixed the org-toggle-latex-fragment.

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