Comparison of TeX editors

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

Table of editor properties

Properties of TeX editors
Editing style[1] Native operating systems[2] Latest stable version Free (i.e. gratis) Open source (license) Configurable Integrated viewer Inverse search[3] DDE support[4] Organises Projects Menu for inserting symbols Document comparison Spell-checking Multiple undo-redo Collapsible sections Find and replace using regular expressions Intelligent error handling Autocompletion of LaTeX commands Parenthesis matching Starts up to previous state (including editing point) Unicode support
AUCTEX Source L, M, W 11.86 (2010-02-21) Yes Yes (GPL) Yes Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes[5] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[6] Yes AUCTEX
BaKoMa TeX Home WYSIWYG / Source W (L) 9.60 (2011-06-27) No (cost) No Yes (scriptable) Yes
(Live update)
Yes Yes Partial[7] Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Partial[8] Yes BaKoMa TeX
Eclipse (By plugin TeXlipse) Source L, M, W 1.4.2 (2011-08-07) Yes Yes (EPL) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Eclipse (By plugin TeXlipse)
Geany LaTeX Plugin Home Source L,W 0.50 (2010-06-12) Yes Yes (GPL) Yes Yes No N/A Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Geany LaTeX Plugin
Gedit LaTeX Plugin Home Source L 0.2 (2010-04-18) Yes Yes (GPL) Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes[9] Yes Yes Yes No Yes Gedit LaTeX Plugin
Gummi Source L 0.5.8 (2011-03-18) Yes Yes (MIT) No Yes
(Live update)
No N/A No No No Yes Yes No No No No Yes No Yes Gummi
Inlage Source W 4.7 (2011-02-03) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Inlage
JLatexEditor Source L (M, W) 0.1.56 (2011-04-06) Yes Yes (GPL) Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[10] JLatexEditor
JHepWork Source L (M, W) 2.8 Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes JHepWork
Kile Source L (M, W)[11] 2.1 (2011-06-10) Yes Yes (GPL) Yes Yes
(Quick preview)
Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No (just same files) Yes Kile
Editing Style Native Operating Systems Latest stable version Free (i.e. Gratis) Open source (license) Configurable Integrated viewer Inverse search DDE Support Organises Projects Menu for inserting symbols Document comparison Spell-checking Multiple undo-redo Collapsible sections Find and replace using Regular Expressions Intelligent error handling Autocompletion of LaTeX commands Parenthesis matching Starts up to previous state (including editing point) Unicode support
LatexLab Source B  ? Yes Yes (Apache License)  ? Yes Yes N/A  ? Yes No Yes Yes No No No No Yes No Yes LatexLab
Latexian Source M 1.0.6 No (cost) No Yes Yes
(Live Preview)
Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Latexian
LEd Source W 0.53 (2009-10-09) Yes No  ? Yes
(dvi)
Yes  ? Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes No (just same files) No LEd
LyX WYSIWYM L, M, W 2.0.0 (2011-05-08) Yes Yes (GPL) Yes Yes
(InstantPreview)
Yes  ? No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes only commands in maths mode N/A Yes Yes LyX
MeWa Source W 1.4.0 (2007-06-06) Yes Yes (GPL) Yes No No No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes MeWa
Notepad++ Source W 5.7 Yes Yes (GPL) Yes No, but can be integrated [12] No No No Partial[13] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Partial[14] Yes Yes Yes Notepad++
Scientific WorkPlace WYSIWYM W 5.5 No (cost) No Yes Yes
(TrueTex®)
N/A  ?  ? Yes No Yes No (one level) No  ?  ? N/A Yes No Yes Scientific WorkPlace
Scribo Home Source M 2011.1
(beta)
Yes No  ? Yes
(pdf)
 ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Scribo
TeXCoding Home Source W 2010.3 No (cost) No Yes Yes
(pdf, dvi)
Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes  ? Yes Yes No Yes TeXCoding
TeXmacs Home WYSIWYW L, M, W 1.0.7.10 Yes Yes (GPL)  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? TeXmacs Home
Editing style Native operating systems Latest stable version Free (i.e. gratis) Open source (license) Configurable Integrated viewer Inverse search DDE support Organises Projects Menu for inserting symbols Document comparison Spell-checking Multiple undo-redo Collapsible sections Find and replace using Regular Expressions Intelligent error handling Autocompletion of LaTeX commands Parenthesis matching Starts up to previous state (including editing point) Unicode support
Texmaker Source L, M, W 3.1 Yes Yes (GPL) Yes Yes Yes No No (master file) Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No (just same files) Yes Texmaker
TeXnicCenter Source W 1RC1 (2008-12-07) Yes Yes (GPL) Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes (proprietary behavior[15]) No (yes in V.2) No (yes in V.2) Yes Yes Yes Yes No (yes in V.2) TeXnicCenter
TeXShop Source M 3.03 (2011-08-04) Yes Yes (GPL) Yes Yes Yes No No Yes[16] No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes TeXShop
TeXstudio Home Source L, M, W 2.2 (2011-07-20) Yes Yes (GPL) Yes Yes
(pdf, selection with dvi2png)
Yes Yes No (master file) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes TeXstudio Home
TeXworks Source L, M, W 0.4[17] Yes Yes (GPL) No Yes
(pdf)
Yes No No No No Yes[18] Yes No Yes[19] No Yes[20] Yes No Yes TeXworks
Verbosus Source B, A[21] 3.2.4 Yes[22] No Yes Yes
(pdf)
No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Verbosus
WinEdt Source W 6.0 No (cost) No Yes Yes
(dvi)
Yes  ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes (modified) Yes No Yes Yes  ? WinEdt
Winefish Source L 1.3.3 Yes Yes (GPL) Yes No No N/A Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Winefish
WinShell Source W 3.3.1.12 Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No (just same files) Yes WinShell
Editing Style Native Operating Systems Latest stable version Free (i.e. Gratis) Open source (license) Configurable Integrated viewer Inverse search DDE Support Organises Projects Menu for inserting symbols Document comparison Spell-checking Multiple undo-redo Collapsible sections Find and replace using regular expressions Intelligent error handling Autocompletion of LaTeX commands Parenthesis matching Starts up to previous state (including editing point) Unicode support

See also

References

  1. ^ "WYSIWYM" = What You See Is What You Mean, i.e. you see and edit formatted text; "Source" means you see and edit the TeX source files.
  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. ^ Inverse search means that one can locate the relevant part of the source code from the viewer (eg, double-clicking in dvi or pdf file brings up the appropriate line/paragraph in the latex code)
  4. ^ 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 DDE
  5. ^ requires installation of extra package
  6. ^ configurable as an option of the Emacs editor
  7. ^ Source editor only
  8. ^ Source editor only
  9. ^ requires an additional plugin
  10. ^ Can open/save files with UTF-8 encoding, but characters often do not appear correctly in editing screen.
  11. ^ Support for non-linux systems considered experimental.
  12. ^ Notepad++ can execute Tex viewers; see GNU Octave, LaTex and Notepad++ for more details.
  13. ^ A plug-in is required. see this list of plugins for Notepad++ for details.
  14. ^ This will have to be set up manually.
  15. ^ TeXnicCenter Development Forum: Problems with Undo
  16. ^ LaTeX panel & Matrix panel
  17. ^ TeXworks 0.4 released on March 21, 2011 for Windows and Linux
  18. ^ requires installation of extra package ( → How to install spelling dictionaries for the TeXworks editor )
  19. ^ 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 )
  20. ^ template file in resource directory ( → Documentation of the code completion feature )
  21. ^ "VerbTeX". 2010-07-28. https://www.verbosus.com/VerbTeX.apk. Retrieved 2010-07-28. "VerbTeX is a LaTeX Editor for Android Devices. It uses Verbosus in the background to generate PDFs." 
  22. ^ "Terms and Conditions". 2010-02-23. https://www.verbosus.com/terms.html. 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."