[pdftex] Metapost in pdftex

Paul Vojta vojta at Math.Berkeley.EDU
Sat Jul 14 21:48:27 CEST 2007

On Sat, Jul 14, 2007 at 02:20:24PM -0300, Maurí­cio wrote:
> Hi,
> I've  read in  a document  named 'The  pdfTEX user
> manual'  that Metapost is  the recommended  way of
> using  pictures. Sorry  for  asking this  probably
> obvious  question   here,  since  it   has  to  be
> somewhere in some documentation, but I wasn't able
> to find it: how do I include a Metapost picture in
> a  pdfTEX  document?

The answer depends on which macro package you are using.  For latex,
\usepackage{graphicx}.  For plain or amstex, use epsf.tex.  Examples
are available at:


for latex and plain/amstex, respectively.  For ConTeXt, see


> Is  it  possible  to  write
> Metapost code inside a  .tex file that is going to
> be read by pdfTEX?

No.  I wish it was.

--Paul Vojta, vojta at math.berkeley.edu

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