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According to the Tectonic Website,

Tectonic is a modernized, complete, self-contained TeX/LaTeX engine, powered by XeTeX and TeXLive.

Some of the most important features of the Tectonic engine are that Tectonic

  • automatically downloads the necessary latex packages;
  • does not write intermediate files;
  • has full suport for Unicode and OpenType fonts;
  • is self-contained, so it is not necessary to install TeX Live or other packages.


The tectonic engine can easily be installed with the tectonic package.


Basic tectonic usage is made with

$ tectonic main.tex

which will compile it into a fully-processed pdf, with only one run of the command.

While compiling, tectonic will automatically download the necessary LaTeX packages, with no need for configuration.

V2 interface

The newer interface, accessible with the -X flag, has more features compared to the default command-line interface. More information about it can be read in the official Tectonic Book.

See also