[Tex/LaTex] Path for saving PDF in TexStudio


Is it possible to change the place, where TexStudio (I use last version of TEXStudio) on Windows 8) puts generated PDF file? By default all files (.tex and related .pdf, .aux etc.) are in the same folder. I would like to make a separate folder for PDf's, and make all PDF's be stored in it.

Best Answer

As stated in the comments above, TXS has no direct control on the placements of the PDF. That is determined by pdflatex and its options (which vary depending on the TeX distribution you use); if you use Miktex see @Diaas answer below. Otherwise, you must enable TXS to copy the .pdf in your desired folder after each compilation: you can create a user command and run it manually (step 1), or to run it automatically after each pdflatex compilation (steps 1+2).

  1. Create a user command at Options -> Configure TexStudio -> Build -> User Commands

On Windows

User command for copying the pdf file on windows

Command name (copypdf) and display name ('Copy PDF') are separated by a colon. The call executes a windows shell (cmd) and runs the copy command within

On Unix systems (e.g. Linux, OSx)

Write cp ./%.pdf /targetdir/ as shell command.

As a result, you'll have a new menu entry Tools -> User -> Copy PDF.

You can run it any time you like (and also assign a shortcut to it in the options).

  1. If you want an automatic solution and not care about copying the pdf at all, just extend the command of the default compiler in the following way (Note: You need to have the advanced options switched on - checkbox in bottom left corner):

Automatically copy the file after every compilation

This calls the internal copypdf commad, which we've just definded above, after every pdflatex run. Of course, you can replace the simple copy operation by a shell script if you need additional logic (e.g. determine the target dir depending on the source dir).

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