Using Sweave with XeLaTeX

Using R with LaTeX via Sweave is a great way to create reproducible output. However, using specific fonts, e.g. your corporate fonts, can be painful with pdflatex. Over the last few weeks I have fallen in love with the TeX format XeLaTeX and its XeTeX engine.

With XeLaTeX I had to overcome some hurdles, which I would like to share here:

  • attaching files,
  • trimming and clipping images,
  • learning how to use the tikzDevice package.

The Sweave file of the above document is attached to the PDF-file itself, but you can also find it on github: SweaveXeLaTeXExample.Rnw.


For attribution, please cite this work as:

Markus Gesmann (Oct 23, 2011) Using Sweave with XeLaTeX. Retrieved from

BibTeX citation:

@misc{ 2011-using-sweave-with-xelatex,
 author = { Markus Gesmann },
 title = { Using Sweave with XeLaTeX },
 url = { },
 year = { 2011 }
 updated = { Oct 23, 2011 }