What is good advice on Vim_latex

What is the easiest way to start with LaTeX?

I want to learn and use LaTeX on Ubuntu. Which packages do I need? What is the best editor for LaTeX code on Ubuntu for a new LaTeX user? I would also like to have the option of showing the code in one window and the results in a second window if possible - but not necessarily in WYSIWYG.


To install you just that texlive- Package, so are all essential functions available . You can also install documentation in your language, e.g. texlive-doc-de . If you are writing in a language other than English, you should also add the appropriate language pack, e.g. B. texlive-lang-french . There are also nice themed packages like texlive-science or texlive-humanities - but if you want to learn the basics of LaTeX, you definitely don't need them.

If you just need basic editing assistance such as syntax highlighting, any text editor can be used, including the standard GNOME text editor, gedit. Further options include:

  • texworks : A LaTeX editor with a very clear and simple interface with an integrated PDF viewer and synchronization between editor and viewer (i.e. you can jump to the same position in both cases)
  • kile : a powerful editor for KDE (can be installed on GNOME and works fine, except that some configuration details have been changed to use the GNOME PDF viewer, for example)
  • texmaker : Similar to KILE, but more "GNOME-like" (e.g. fewer buttons in the toolbar ;-)), probably a little less functionality than KILE
  • latexila : Like KILE, but geared towards GNOME.
  • lyx : not really a LaTeX editor, but a word processor that LaTeX uses internally - opinions differ as to whether this is the best way to learn "real" LaTeX.

Most of these editors do not have a preview window, but it is not essential: just open evince with the document you are working on. Evince automatically updates the content as soon as you "compile" your Latex document

If you only want to install the basic material, you should install it

If you want the whole thing, including extensive documentation, go for

If you need a compact editor, you can just install it

This adds the LaTeX functionality to the standard text editor.

If you want something with more functionality, you can give it a try

You can install all the necessary latex packages via texlive-latex-base. Additional options are also available.

You can always use Emacs as your editor, there are many Latex utilities available. However, any editor you are familiar with will work.

If you want specialized editors (who actually have wysiwyg) you can dig into lyx, or if you use KDE you can use KILE, an IDE for latex.

KILE offers you additional help with LaTex utilities such as bibliography etc. You can automatically start all necessary compilations etc.

A while ago I wrote a blog post comparing 8 different free LaTeX editors, all of which are available for Ubuntu. (Of course, I was using Ubuntu when I wrote the post!)

The post is approximately six months old at this point. I think a lot of information will be worth it, even if some are out of date or new things have been added that haven't been mentioned there in the meantime. (For example Texmaker (x) now has a built-in preview, gedit is now more SyncTeX compatible - I think there are some SyncTeX features now, although I never figured out how to use them.)

If you are not running out of space Suffer (Be careful, it's more than 2 GB!) I recommend the package texlive-full too install or even skip the package manager of Ubuntu and install TeXlive directly from CTAN / TUG. This way you never have to worry about missing packages.

Some people have mentioned Texmaker, but if you are considering that, recommend I urgently, instead to take the TexmakerX fork, which has a lot more features, or at least what I've done in comparison.

In the meantime I decided to use vim, but without the vim-latex suite. I've written some custom scripts including one that provides vim with a preview window with live updates that uses mupdf. If anyone is interested, I'll post instructions for using it with Ubuntu somewhere. However, I do not recommend trying to master vim and LaTeX at the same time. They both have a tremendous learning curve (though they're both worth it!), And trying to practice both at the same time would make the most patient person scream.

Gum is a free, cross-platform, open source program with a live preview window.

Features included in the latest stable version of rubber:

Features currently included in our development department:

Rubber is still in active development.

You may want to try TeXlipse, a plug-in that adds TeX support to the Eclipse IDE.

is one of the best editors, but you need to learn something before you can use it (start in a terminal) and learn more about how to use it efficiently. It has an extension vim-latex in the package. You can use the graphical version of vim, the.

Texmaker is a free, modern and cross-platform LaTeX editor for Linux, MacOSX and Windows systems that integrates many tools for developing documents with LaTeX in just one application.

Texmaker offers Unicode support, spell checking, autocompletion, code folding and an integrated PDF viewer with Synctex support and continuous display mode. Texmaker is easy to use and configure.

Texmaker is published under the GPL license.

As mentioned earlier, texlive-latex-base and texlive-full are the best way to get the latex packages onto your system. I also install texlive-latex-extra as it provides even more packages.

Lately I've been trying TeXworks for a latex editor. With TeXworks you can open your latex code in a window and in the window next to it you can have your compiled document. If you update and recreate the document, the document view will stay where you are. This can be helpful in seeing your change take effect.

You can use texlive as a LaTeX distribution. There is a metapackage called texlive-full that installs the entire distribution for you. Of course, you can also install individual packages as required. As for the editor, there are several options and you should probably try a few and see which one you prefer. I personally use either Emacs with Auctex or Texworks. Other popular editors are vim, texmaker, and many more.

Without wanting to start a (religious) war, I can highly recommend using the combined AUCTeX. It offers fantastic opportunities to move around the document, manage references and quotations, insert templates (LaTeX) for different environments (tables, figures, etc.), compile the document and display a preview.

AUCTeX is great for long documents - it was the writing of my thesis that made me learn and, unfortunately, use my beloved less.

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