# LaTeX – how to programmatically change the path of your figures

Scenario: You want to programmatically define where your figures are in your latex document without going through and manually editing all your paths. You have a folder called "figs" that contains all your figures, but this folder might move.

# Here’s how to programmatically change the path of where your images are located

Or more specifically programmatically change where the "figs" folder is located

The basic idea: You can define a variable in latex that stores the path to your images and then include this variable when you set your image path.

## Step 1: Define a variable in the preamble of your laTeX document.

Note apparently this behaviour is not really defined. You might overwrite/clobber another variable, so I suggest you name your variable to something that’s probably unique to you. I chose to base it on my last-name "\kawFigPath".

For example, if my figure folder "fig" is up one directory from where my current document is located, I would put this in the latex preamble.

\def \kawFigPath {../} \begin{document}

Note that you would change the {../} part to go wherever your figures are located.

## Step 2: In the body of my latex document, add this variable \kawFigPath right before where your figures are located.

Note the space between the \kawFigPath and the "figs" folder.

\begin{figure} \centering \includegraphics[width=1\linewidth]{\kawFigPath figs/myFig} \caption{Blah blah.} \label{fig:myFig} \end{figure}

And that’s it! If the location where you store the "figs" folder changes, you simply change \kawFigPath to point to the appropriate location.