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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.


For a standard LaTeX installation, install the texlive-most package group, which includes all of the TeX Live packages in the official repositories.

For internationalization support, install the texlive-lang package, which provides various character sets and non-English features.

Select packages (alternate)

It is also possible to select the individual LaTeX packages you require. Install the texlive-core package, which contains the LaTeX compiler. On its own, texlive-core should be suitable for most needs.

To compile a TeX file install the texlive-bin package.

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, 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. || winefish
  • geany — An IDE that includes LaTeX syntax highlighting, building, and shows a list of environments/sections/labels in the sidebar. || Geany


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

Other || vim
  • TeXMaker — A free, modern and cross-platform LaTeX editor for linux, macosx and windows systems that integrates many tools needed to develop documents with LaTeX, in just one application. Also check out TeXWorksAUR. || TeXMakerAUR
  • LyX — An advanced open-source WYSIWYM document processor. || lyx
  • JabRef — Java GUI frontend for managing BibTeX and other bibliographies. If you have issues with certain features not working in JabRef (like the "Find" command), it may be an incompatibility with Java 7. Try installing Java 6 (i.e. openjdk6). This will uninstall jdk7-openjdk and jre7-openjdk, and all features in JabRef should now work. || jabref-gitAUR
  • TeXmacsWikipedia:WYSISYW (what you see is what you want) editing platform with special features for scientists. || texmacs


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

See also