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How to save AUTOMATICALLY all opened figures (unknown amount) in one .pdf file.

Asked by Yurii Iotov on 21 May 2019
Latest activity Commented on by Adam Danz
on 24 May 2019
Hi all
Please, how to save all figures that have been generated by a code (or different codes - so al opened figures) in one pdf file. I found some solution where one need to specify and save manualy all the figures, but I am looking for something fast and automatic.
I have already tried export_fig and SaveFigs from Matlab file exchange but it doesn not work correctly. ( if I am wrong, please show how to use them correctly)


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1 Answer

Answer by Adam Danz
on 21 May 2019
Edited by Adam Danz
on 21 May 2019
 Accepted Answer

Get handles to all open figures:
figHandles = findall(0,'Type','figure');
Then use export_fig() to save them to a PDF using the -append option.
On the first iteration of the loop you'll need to create the file. On all subsequent iterations of the loops, you'll append the file. Your code may look something like this (you can adapt it to your needs).
% Create filename
fn = tempname(); %in this example, we'll save to a temp directory.
% Save first figure
export_fig(fn, '-pdf', figHandles(1))
% Loop through figures 2:end
for i = 2:numel(figHandles)
export_fig(fn, '-pdf', figHandles(i), '-append')
If you want to open the document when you're done,
winopen(fn) %assuming fn is the full path the document


Hey Adam!
If i run export_fig, a window pops up saying: Ghost script not found. Please locate the program.
Could you help me with this one?
Check out the description of the function found here:
When exporting to vector format (pdf & eps), and to bitmap using the painters
renderer, this function requires that ghostscript is installed on your system.
You can download this from:

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