Comparison of TeX editors

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This page shows a table contrasting the features of the text editors that interface to TeX (or LaTeX or its other incarnations).

Tables of editor properties[edit]

Properties of TeX editors 1
Editing style[Note 1] Native operating systems[Note 2] Latest stable version Costs License Configurable Integrated viewer
Archimedes Home Source M 1.3.6 (2015-10-29) cost Proprietary Yes Yes Archimedes Home
AUCTeX Source L, M, W 11.89 (2015-11-13) Free GPL Yes Yes AUCTeX
  Authorea   Home Source / partial-WYSIWYG B N/A Free Proprietary Yes Yes   Authorea   Home
Auto-Latex Equations for Google Docs | Install Source B 8.04 (2016-1-6) Free Free Yes Yes Auto-Latex Equations for Google Docs | Install
BaKoMa TeX Home WYSIWYG / Source W, M, L 10.61 (2014-11-22) cost Proprietary Yes (scriptable) Yes
(Live update)
BaKoMa TeX Home
Cassiopeia WYSIWYM M 2.3.7 (2016-01-26) Free Proprietary Yes Yes Cassiopeia
Eclipse (By plugin TeXlipse) Source L, M, W 1.5.0 (2011-11-26) Free EPL Yes[Note 3] Yes Eclipse (By plugin TeXlipse)
EmilTex Home Source W 1.2.80 (2014) Free Proprietary Yes Yes EmilTex Home
Fidus Writer Home Source / partial-WYSIWYG B 3.1.0-dev (2016-10-17) Free AGPL[1]  ? Yes Fidus Writer Home
Geany LaTeX Plugin Home Source L,W 0.50 (2010-06-12) Free GPL Yes Yes Geany LaTeX Plugin Home
Gedit LaTeX Plugin Home Source L 3.8 (2013-07-11) Free GPL Yes Yes Gedit LaTeX Plugin Home
Gummi Source L, W 0.6.6 (2016-01-27) Free MIT Yes Yes (Live update) Gummi
Inlage Source W 5 (2013-06-27) Non-free Proprietary Yes No Inlage
JaxEdit Home Source B 0.30 (2013-12-13) Free Free Yes Yes JaxEdit Home
JLatexEditor Home Source L (M, W) 0.2.10 (2012-04-09) Free GPL Yes No JLatexEditor Home
DataMelt Source L (M, W) 1.4 (2016-02-16) Free Free Yes No DataMelt
Kile Source L (M, W)[Note 4] 2.1.3 (2012-09-23) Free GPL Yes Yes (Quick preview) Kile
LaTeXila source L 3.19.4 (2016-02-15) Free GPL Yes No LaTeXila
LatexLab Source B  ? Free Apache License  ? Yes LatexLab
LaTeXOnlineEditor.de WYSIWYM B Non-free Proprietary Yes No LaTeXOnlineEditor.de
Sublime Text (By plugin LaTeXing) Source L, M, W 1.2.16 (2015-07-26) Non-free Proprietary Yes No Sublime Text (By plugin LaTeXing)
LEd Source W 0.53 (2009-10-09) Free Proprietary  ? Yes (dvi) LEd
LyX WYSIWYM L, M,[Note 5] W 2.1.4 (2015-07-30) Free GPL Yes Yes (InstantPreview) LyX
MeWa Source W 1.4.0 (2007-06-06) Free GPL Yes No MeWa
Notepad++ Source W 6.9 (2016-02-22) Free GPL Yes No, but can be integrated [Note 6] Notepad++
Overleaf Home (formerly, writeLaTeX) Source / partial-WYSIWYG B N/A Free Proprietary Yes Yes Overleaf Home (formerly, writeLaTeX)
Papeeria Home Source B N/A Free Proprietary Yes Yes Papeeria Home
Scientific WorkPlace WYSIWYM W 6.0.12 (2016-02-23) cost Proprietary Yes Yes (TrueTex®) Scientific WorkPlace
ShareLaTeX Home Source B N/A Free AGPL Yes Yes ShareLaTeX Home
TeXCoding Home Source W 2011.6 cost Proprietary Yes Yes (pdf, dvi) TeXCoding Home
TexitEasy Source L, M, W 0.21.3 (2015-10-02) Free GPL Yes Yes TexitEasy
Texmaker Source L, M, W 4.5 (2015-10-29) Free GPL2 Yes Yes Texmaker
TexLab Home Source / partial-WYSIWYG W 1.2 (2016-10-22) Free Proprietary Partial Yes (Continuos Update) TexLab Home
TeXnicCenter Source W 2.02 Stable (September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)) [±] Free GPL Yes No TeXnicCenter
Texpad Home Source M, iOS 1.7.23 Non-free Proprietary Yes Yes (Live update) Texpad Home
TeXShop Source M 3.61 (2016-02-24) Free GPL Yes Yes (InstantPreview with Flashmode) TeXShop
TeXstudio Source L, W, M 2.11.2 (2016-09-28) Free GPL2 Yes Yes (pdf, selection with dvi2png) TeXstudio
TeXworks Source L, M, W 0.4.6 Free GPL No Yes (pdf) TeXworks
TeXpen Source L, M, W 0.7.2 (2015-03-09) Free GPL Yes Yes (pdf since 0.7) TeXpen
RTextDoc Source M, iOS, W, L (Java enabled) 1.9 (2013-11-19) Free[Note 7] GPL[2] Yes Yes RTextDoc
Verbosus Source B, A, [3] iOS[4] 4.1.3 (2016-05-06) Free[5] Proprietary Yes Yes (pdf) Verbosus
DataMelt Source M, iOS, W, L (Java enabled) 2.2 (2013-11-19) Free Free Yes No DataMelt
Vim with plugin vim-latexsuite[6] Source L, M, W 7.4.1484 (2016-03-03) Free Free Yes No Vim with plugin vim-latexsuite[7]
WinEdt Home Source W 10.0 (2016-03-17) cost Proprietary Yes No WinEdt Home
Winefish Source L 1.3.3 Free GPL Yes No Winefish
WinShell Source W 3.3.2.6 (2013-02-10) Free Proprietary Yes No WinShell
Editing Style Native Operating Systems Latest stable version Costs License Configurable Integrated viewer
Properties of TeX editors 2
Inverse search[Note 8] DDE support[Note 9] Organises Projects Menu for inserting symbols Document comparison Spell-checking Multiple undo-redo
Archimedes Home Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes Archimedes Home
AUCTeX Yes No Partial (master file) Yes Yes Yes[Note 10] Yes AUCTeX
  Authorea   Home Yes N/A Yes No No Yes Yes   Authorea   Home
Auto-Latex Equations for Google Docs | Install Yes N/A Yes No No Yes Yes Auto-Latex Equations for Google Docs | Install
BaKoMa TeX Home Yes Yes Partial[Note 11] Yes Yes Yes Yes BaKoMa TeX Home
Cassiopeia N/A  ? Yes Yes No No No (one level) Cassiopeia
Eclipse (By plugin TeXlipse) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Eclipse (By plugin TeXlipse)
EmilTex Home Yes N/A Yes No No Yes Yes EmilTex Home
Fidus Writer Home  ?  ? No Yes No Yes Yes Fidus Writer Home
Geany LaTeX Plugin Home No N/A Yes Yes No Yes Yes Geany LaTeX Plugin Home
Gedit LaTeX Plugin Home Yes N/A Yes Yes No Yes Yes Gedit LaTeX Plugin Home
Gummi Yes N/A Yes No No Yes Yes Gummi
Inlage Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Inlage
JaxEdit Home Yes N/A No No No No Yes JaxEdit Home
JLatexEditor Home Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes JLatexEditor Home
DataMelt Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes DataMelt
Kile Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Kile
LaTeXila Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes LaTeXila
LatexLab Yes N/A  ? Yes No Yes Yes LatexLab
LaTeXOnlineEditor.de No  ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes LaTeXOnlineEditor.de
Sublime Text (By plugin LaTeXing) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Sublime Text (By plugin LaTeXing)
LEd Yes  ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes LEd
LyX Yes  ? No Yes Yes Yes Yes LyX
MeWa No No No Yes No Yes Yes MeWa
Notepad++ Yes, with SumatraPDF Yes, with a DDE client Yes Partial[Note 12] Yes Yes Yes Notepad++
Overleaf Home (formerly, writeLaTeX) Yes N/A Yes No No Yes Yes Overleaf Home (formerly, writeLaTeX)
Papeeria Home No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Papeeria Home
Scientific WorkPlace N/A  ?  ? Yes No Yes No (one level) Scientific WorkPlace
ShareLaTeX Home Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes ShareLaTeX Home
TeXCoding Home Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes TeXCoding Home
TexitEasy Yes No Partial (master file) No No Yes Yes TexitEasy
Texmaker Yes No Partial (master file) Yes No Yes Yes Texmaker
TexLab Home N/A No Yes Yes No Yes Yes TexLab Home
TeXnicCenter Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes TeXnicCenter
Texpad Home Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Texpad Home
TeXShop Yes No No Yes[Note 13] No Yes Yes TeXShop
TeXstudio Yes Yes Partial (master file) Yes Yes Yes Yes TeXstudio
TeXworks Yes No No No No Yes[Note 14] Yes TeXworks
TeXpen No No No No No Yes Yes TeXpen
RTextDoc Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes RTextDoc
Verbosus No No Yes Yes No No Yes Verbosus
DataMelt Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No DataMelt
Vim with plugin vim-latexsuite[8] Yes  ? Partial (master file and Makefile) Yes Yes Yes Yes Vim with plugin vim-latexsuite[9]
WinEdt Home Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes WinEdt Home
Winefish No N/A Yes No No Yes Yes Winefish
WinShell Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes WinShell
Inverse search DDE Support Organises Projects Menu for inserting symbols Document comparison Spell-checking Multiple undo-redo
Properties of TeX editors 3
Collapsible sections Find and replace using RegEx Intelligent error handling Autocompletion of LaTeX commands Parenthesis matching Starts up to previous state[Note 15] Unicode support RTL Support[Note 16]
Archimedes Home No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Archimedes Home
AUCTeX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[Note 17] Yes Yes AUCTeX
  Authorea   Home No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes  ?   Authorea   Home
Auto-Latex Equations for Google Docs | Install No Yes No No No Yes Yes  ? Auto-Latex Equations for Google Docs | Install
BaKoMa TeX Home No Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[Note 11] Yes  ? BaKoMa TeX Home
Cassiopeia No  ?  ? N/A Yes No Yes  ? Cassiopeia
Eclipse (By plugin TeXlipse) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Eclipse (By plugin TeXlipse)
EmilTex Home No No Yes No Yes No Yes  ? EmilTex Home
Fidus Writer Home No No No No No No Yes  ? Fidus Writer Home
Geany LaTeX Plugin Home No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Geany LaTeX Plugin Home
Gedit LaTeX Plugin Home Yes[10] Yes[Note 18] Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Gedit LaTeX Plugin Home
Gummi No No No No Yes No Yes  ? Gummi
Inlage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Inlage
JaxEdit Home No No No No Yes Yes Yes  ? JaxEdit Home
JLatexEditor Home No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[Note 19] No JLatexEditor Home
DataMelt No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? DataMelt
Kile Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Kile
LaTeXila Planned Yes Yes Yes Yes (just same files) Yes Yes LaTeXila
LatexLab No No No No Yes No Yes  ? LatexLab
LaTeXOnlineEditor.de Yes No Yes No No No Yes  ? LaTeXOnlineEditor.de
Sublime Text (By plugin LaTeXing) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Sublime Text (By plugin LaTeXing)
LEd Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes No (just same files) No  ? LEd
LyX No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes LyX
MeWa No Yes No No No No Yes  ? MeWa
Notepad++ Yes Yes No Partial[Note 20] Yes Yes Yes Yes Notepad++
Overleaf Home (formerly, writeLaTeX) No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes  ? Overleaf Home (formerly, writeLaTeX)
Papeeria Home Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Papeeria Home
Scientific WorkPlace No  ?  ? N/A Yes No Yes  ? Scientific WorkPlace
ShareLaTeX Home Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? ShareLaTeX Home
TeXCoding Home Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes No Yes  ? TeXCoding Home
TexitEasy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes TexitEasy
Texmaker Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Texmaker
TexLab Home N/A No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No TexLab Home
TeXnicCenter since v2.0 since v2.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes since v2.0  ? TeXnicCenter
Texpad Home No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Texpad Home
TeXShop No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? TeXShop
TeXstudio Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes TeXstudio
TeXworks No Yes[Note 21] No Yes[Note 22] Yes No Yes Yes TeXworks
TeXpen No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes TeXpen
RTextDoc Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? RTextDoc
Verbosus No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes  ? Verbosus
DataMelt Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No  ? DataMelt
Vim with plugin vim-latexsuite[11] Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes  ? Yes No Vim with plugin vim-latexsuite[12]
WinEdt Home Yes Yes (modified) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes WinEdt Home
Winefish No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes  ? Winefish
WinShell Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No (just same files) Yes  ? WinShell
Collapsible sections Find and replace using RegEx Intelligent error handling Autocompletion of LaTeX commands Parenthesis matching Starts up to previous state[Note 23] Unicode support RTL Support[Note 24]
Screenshots of TeX editors
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Archimedes Home   
AUCTeX   
  Authorea   Home   
Auto-Latex Equations for Google Docs | Install   
BaKoMa TeX Home   
Cassiopeia   
Eclipse (By plugin TeXlipse)   
EmilTex Home   
Fidus Writer Home   
Geany LaTeX Plugin Home   
Gedit LaTeX Plugin Home   
Gummi   
Inlage   
JaxEdit Home   
JLatexEditor Home   
DataMelt   
Kile   
LaTeXila   
LatexLab   
LaTeXOnlineEditor.de   
Sublime Text (By plugin LaTeXing)   
LEd   
LyX   
MeWa   
Notepad++   
Overleaf Home (formerly, writeLaTeX)   
Papeeria Home   
Scientific WorkPlace   
ShareLaTeX Home   
TeXCoding Home   
TexitEasy   
Texmaker   
TexLab Home
Screenshot
TeXnicCenter   
Texpad Home   
TeXShop   
TeXstudio   
TeXworks   
TeXpen   
RTextDoc   
Verbosus   
DataMelt   
Vim with plugin vim-latexsuite[13]   
WinEdt Home   
Winefish   
WinShell   
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  1. ^ "Source" means you see and edit the TeX source files. "WYSIWYM" = What You See Is What You Mean, i.e. you see and edit formatted text. WYSIWYG means that see the output file automatically updated during the edit. Note that some PDF viewers (e.g. evince) automatically reload the PDF document when it is updated on the disk. So, any "source" TeX editor can be turned into partial WYSIWYG editor by opening such a reader in an adjacent window.
  2. ^ L, M, W, B, A refer to Linux, Mac OS, Windows, Browser-based and Android respectively (of course other combinations are possible, using emulators or other software)
  3. ^ Additional plugin Pdf4Eclipse for preview of pdf files with SyncTeX support
  4. ^ Support for non-linux systems considered experimental.
  5. ^ No Retina support available or planned.
  6. ^ Notepad++ can execute Tex viewers; See GNU Octave, LaTex and Notepad++ for more details.
  7. ^ Full functionality only with Registration and purchase of a license (20$ for a private use).
  8. ^ Inverse search means that one can locate the relevant part of the source code from the viewer (e.g., double-clicking in dvi or pdf file brings up the appropriate line/paragraph in the latex code)
  9. ^ On Windows some pdf viewers like Sumatra PDF or Adobe Reader don't use command line arguments for forward search, but the editor sends the document position to them using Dynamic Data Exchange
  10. ^ Requires installation of extra package.
  11. ^ a b Source editor only.
  12. ^ A plug-in is required. See this list of plugins for Notepad++ for details.
  13. ^ LaTeX panel & Matrix panel
  14. ^ Requires installation of extra package ( ’ How to install spelling dictionaries for the TeXworks editor )
  15. ^ Starts up to previous state including the current editing point.
  16. ^ RTL support means Right to Left language support.
  17. ^ configurable as an option of the Emacs editor
  18. ^ requires an additional plugin
  19. ^ Can open/save files with UTF-8 encoding, but characters often do not appear correctly in editing screen.
  20. ^ This will have to be set up manually.
  21. ^ Provides a subset of the regular expression syntax implemented in the Perl scripting language, but fully supports Unicode ( ’ Issue 194: Add advanced regexp options to Find/Replace )
  22. ^ Template file in resource directory ( ’ Documentation of the code completion feature )
  23. ^ Starts up to previous state including the current editing point.
  24. ^ RTL support means Right to Left language support.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fidus GitHub Repo". 
  2. ^ http://jwork.org/rtextdoc/about/
  3. ^ "VerbTeX". 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-07-28. VerbTeX is a LaTeX Editor for Android devices. It uses the LaTeX service available at verbosus.com to generate PDFs. 
  4. ^ "iVerbTeX". 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-07-28. iVerbTeX is a LaTeX Editor for iOS devices. It uses the LaTeX service available at verbosus.com to generate PDFs. 
  5. ^ "Terms and Conditions". 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-03-06. The service is free to use (you are allowed to create four resources of any type for free). Additional costs arise if you decide that you don't want this restriction and explicitly purchase its removal. 
  6. ^ "LaTeX-Suite-aka-Vim-LaTeX". mirror of official repository and website 
  7. ^ "LaTeX-Suite-aka-Vim-LaTeX". mirror of official repository and website 
  8. ^ "LaTeX-Suite-aka-Vim-LaTeX". mirror of official repository and website 
  9. ^ "LaTeX-Suite-aka-Vim-LaTeX". mirror of official repository and website 
  10. ^ User:rgbpe; Ubuntu Forums; http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=7841972#post7841972
  11. ^ "LaTeX-Suite-aka-Vim-LaTeX". mirror of official repository and website 
  12. ^ "LaTeX-Suite-aka-Vim-LaTeX". mirror of official repository and website 
  13. ^ "LaTeX-Suite-aka-Vim-LaTeX". mirror of official repository and website