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LaTeX is a popular markup language and document preparation system, often used in the sciences. The current implementation in Arch Linux is TeX Live. See TeX Live for how to install and config it.

Editors and environments

While LaTeX can be written in a simple text editor, many people wish to edit LaTeX source in a specialized environment. The following editors, which use various toolkits, are all available in the official repositories and can be installed with pacman.


  • gedit — Supports LaTeX syntax highlighting and also (via gedit-latexAUR plugin) code-completion, compiling LaTeX documents and managing BibTeX bibliographies, it is included in gnome-extra. || gedit
  • Winefish — A very lightweight LaTeX editing suite. It supports highlighting and code completion, compile-from-editor, among other things. || winefishAUR
  • geany — An IDE that includes LaTeX syntax highlighting, building, and shows a list of environments/sections/labels in the sidebar. || geany
  • gummi — Lightweight LaTeX editor. It features a continuous preview mode, integrated BibTeX support, extendable snippet interface and multi-document support. || gummi
  • LaTeXila — LaTeX editor for the GNOME Desktop including support for code completion, compiling and project management. || latexilaAUR


  • Kile — A user friendly TeX/LaTeX front-end for KDE || kile
  • Ktikz — GUI making diagrams with TikZ/PGF easier. || ktikz


  • EmacsEmacs (AucTeX), together with auctex and RefTeX, provides a complete, powerful, and customizable LaTeX environment. || emacs
  • EmacsEmacs (WhizzyTeX), together with whizzytexAUR, provides a nice live preview editor for Emacs. || emacs || vim
  • TeXMaker — A free, modern and cross-platform LaTeX editor for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows systems that integrates many tools needed to develop documents with LaTeX, in just one application. Also check out TeXWorksAUR. || texmaker
  • TeXstudio — Fork of TeXMaker including support for code completion of bibtex items, grammar check and automatic detection of the need for multiple LaTeX runs. || texstudioAUR
  • LyX — An advanced open-source WYSIWYM document processor. || lyx
  • JabRef — Java GUI frontend for managing BibTeX and other bibliographies. || jabrefAUR jabref-gitAUR
  • Zotero — This is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. There is a stand-alone version and a Firefox add-on available. || zoteroAUR
  • TeXmacsWYSIWYW (what you see is what you want) editing platform with special features for scientists. || texmacs

Online tools

  • writeLaTex — Online collaborative LaTeX editor with integrated real-time preview. ||


Updating babelbib language definitions

If you have the very specific problem of babelbib not having the latest language definitions that you need, and you don't want to recompile everything, you can get them manually from and put them in /usr/share/texmf-dist/tex/latex/babelbib/. For example:

# cd /usr/share/texmf-dist/tex/latex/babelbib/ 
# wget
# wget [...all-other-language-files...]
# wget

Afterwards, you need to run texhash to update the TeX database:

# texhash