Comparison of TeX editors

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Tables of editor properties[edit]

Properties of TeX editors 1
Editing style[Note 1] Native operating systems Latest stable version Costs License Configurable Integrated viewer
AUCTeX Source Linux, macOS, Windows (2017-12-10) 12.1 Free GPL Yes Yes AUCTeX
  Authorea Source / partial-WYSIWYG Online N/A Free Proprietary Yes Yes   Authorea 
Auto-Latex Equations for Google Docs Source[Note 2] Online (2020-04-06) 48 Free Free Yes Yes Auto-Latex Equations for Google Docs
CoCalc Source Online N/A Free AGPL Yes Yes CoCalc
GNOME LaTeX Source Linux (2019-03-10) 3.32 Free GPL Yes No GNOME LaTeX
Gummi Source Linux (2016-01-27) 0.6.6 Free MIT Yes Yes (Live update) Gummi
Kile Source Linux (macOS, Windows)[Note 3] (2012-09-23) 2.1.3 Free GPL Yes Yes (Quick preview) Kile
LEd Source Windows (2009-10-09) 0.53 Free Proprietary ? Yes (dvi) LEd
LyX WYSIWYM Linux, macOS, Windows (2019-06-25) 2.3.3 Free GPL Yes Yes LyX
MeWa Source Windows (2007-06-06) 1.4.0 Free GPL Yes No MeWa
Notepad++ Source Windows (2019-10-29) 7.8.1 Free GPL Yes No, but can be integrated [Note 4] Notepad++
Overleaf Source Online N/A Free Unclear Yes Yes Overleaf
Scientific WorkPlace WYSIWYM Windows (2016-02-23) 6.0.12 Non-free Proprietary Yes Yes Scientific WorkPlace
ShareLaTeX[Note 5] Source Online N/A Free AGPL Yes Yes ShareLaTeX
TexLab Source-WYSIWYG Windows (2019-04-30) 7.8 Free Free Yes Yes TexLab
TeXmacs WYSIWYG Linux, macOS, Windows (2017-12-21) 1.99.6 Free GPL Yes Yes TeXmacs
Texmaker Source Linux, macOS, Windows (2018-11-01) 5.0.3 Free GPL2 Yes Yes Texmaker
TeXnicCenter Source Windows 2.02 Stable (September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)) [±] Free GPL Yes No TeXnicCenter
Texpad Source macOS, iOS (2019-11-25) 1.8.14 Non-free Proprietary Yes Yes Texpad
TeXShop Source macOS (2019-10-23) 4.44 Free GPL Yes Yes TeXShop
TeXstudio Source Linux, Windows, macOS (2020-01-18) 2.12.22 Free GPL2 Yes Yes (pdf, selection with dvi2png) TeXstudio
TeXworks Source Linux, macOS, Windows (2019-03) 0.6.3 Free GPL No Yes (pdf) TeXworks
Verbosus Source Online, Android, iOS (2016-05-06) 4.1.3 Free Proprietary Yes Yes (pdf) Verbosus
WinEdt Source Windows (2017-04-13) 10.2 Non-free Proprietary Yes No WinEdt
WinShell Source Windows (2013-02-10) 3.3.2.6 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 6] DDE support[Note 7] Organises Projects Menu for inserting symbols Document comparison Spell-checking Multiple undo-redo
AUCTeX Yes No Partial (master file) Yes Yes Yes[Note 8] Yes
  Authorea  Yes N/A Yes No No Yes Yes
Auto-Latex Equations for Google Docs Yes N/A Yes No No Yes Yes
CoCalc Yes N/A No No No Yes Yes
GNOME LaTeX Yes N/A Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Gummi Yes N/A Yes No No Yes Yes
Kile Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
LEd Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
LyX Yes ? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
MeWa No No No Yes No Yes Yes
Notepad++ Yes, with SumatraPDF Yes, with a DDE client Yes Partial[Note 9] Yes Yes Yes
Overleaf Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Scientific WorkPlace N/A ? ? Yes No Yes No (one level)
ShareLaTeX Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
TexLab Yes N/A Yes Yes No Yes Yes
TeXmacs Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes
Texmaker Yes No Partial (master file) Yes No Yes Yes
TeXnicCenter Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Texpad Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
TeXShop Yes No No Yes[Note 10] No Yes Yes
TeXstudio Yes Yes Partial (master file) Yes Yes Yes Yes
TeXworks Yes No No No No Yes[Note 11] Yes
Verbosus No No Yes Yes No No Yes
WinEdt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WinShell Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
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 12] Unicode support RTL Support[Note 13]
AUCTeX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[Note 14] Yes Yes AUCTeX
  Authorea  No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes ?   Authorea 
Auto-Latex Equations for Google Docs No Yes No No No Yes Yes ? Auto-Latex Equations for Google Docs
CoCalc Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes ? CoCalc
GNOME LaTeX Planned Yes Yes Yes Yes (just same files) Yes Yes GNOME LaTeX
Gummi No No No No Yes No Yes ? Gummi
Kile Yes[Note 15] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Kile
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 16] Yes Yes Yes Yes Notepad++
Overleaf Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Overleaf
Scientific WorkPlace No ? ? N/A Yes No Yes ? Scientific WorkPlace
ShareLaTeX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ShareLaTeX
TexLab No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No TexLab
TeXmacs No Yes N/A N/A N/A No Yes ? TeXmacs
Texmaker Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Texmaker
TeXnicCenter since v2.0 since v2.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes since v2.0 ? TeXnicCenter
Texpad No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? Texpad
TeXShop No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? TeXShop
TeXstudio Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes TeXstudio
TeXworks No Yes[Note 17] No Yes[Note 18] Yes No Yes Yes TeXworks
Verbosus No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? Verbosus
WinEdt Yes Yes (modified) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes WinEdt
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 19] Unicode support RTL Support[Note 20]
Screenshots and Video Tutorials of TeX editors
Editor Screenshot
LyX
LyX main window
Screenshot
  
Texmaker
Screenshot of Texmaker version 4.5
TexLab
TeXLab Screenshot
TeXstudio
Screenshot of TeXstudio (2.12.6)
Editor Screenshot
  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. ^ Not a full TeX editor. Only limited to math expressions only.
  3. ^ Support for non-linux systems considered experimental.
  4. ^ Notepad++ can execute Tex viewers
  5. ^ Acquired by Overleaf and launched as Overleaf v2.
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Requires installation of extra package.
  9. ^ A plug-in is required.
  10. ^ LaTeX panel & Matrix panel
  11. ^ Requires installation of extra package
  12. ^ Starts up to previous state including the current editing point.
  13. ^ RTL support means Right to Left language support.
  14. ^ configurable as an option of the Emacs editor
  15. ^ With usual \section{} notation, Kile collapses equations and figures, but not sections. Collapsing of sections is possible with non-standard notation \begin{section}{}...\end{section}{}, but it eliminates sections from Structure View. An alternative possibility is bracketing sections with comments %BEGIN and %END.
  16. ^ This will have to be set up manually.
  17. ^ 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 )
  18. ^ Template file in resource directory ( ’ Documentation of the code completion feature )
  19. ^ Starts up to previous state including the current editing point.
  20. ^ RTL support means Right to Left language support.

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