What is the best TeX editor for LaTeX?

Give your opinion especially on your experience whether good or bad on TeX editors like LEd, TeXMaker, TeXStudio, Notepad++, WinEdt (Paid), ....

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  • W. A. W. Razali · Macquarie University
  • Thabet Slimani · Taif University
  • Christopher Landauer · The Aerospace Corporation
    Well, i am not a fan of syntax-aware editors, because most of them do not let me type intentionally erroneous partial expressions, so i can think about what i need to do next

    so my editor of choice is emacs

    though i have had some good luck with texshop (i think? Whatever is common on the mac)
  • K. V. L. V. Narayanachari · Indian Institute of Science
    As a migrant from MS Word to LATEX. I love LYX, it is WYSWYG. This is a front end for for LATEX, and beauty of this programme compared to any other LATEX processor is that it is more graphical, easy to read and modify content. You can write your text, insert images, tables and equations, just like that. And there is very good inbuilt help documentation.
    Finally the beauty is, you need not to remember any commands.
  • Jose Salmeron · Universidad Pablo de Olavide
    You can use for online and collaborative TeX editing
  • Henri Bouma · TNO
    In the past I used Miktex in combination with WinEdt, but Miktex is now self-contained with easy installer (for windows e.a.), perfect GUI, really simple download of missing packages, and free.
  • Prasanth G. Narasimha-Shenoi · Government College Chittur
    But WinEdt is properitory. I prefer, TexStudio or someother free . And as always, we researchers should promote free and open
  • K.M. Sudheer · Bhabha Atomic Research Centre
    If u r absolute beginner i suggest lyx
    for intermediate people texmaker
    if u donot wan't to install latex i suggest as an online editor i love it because of its xetex capabilities
  • Abdurahman Amat · University of Camerino
    I am using Kile and Texmaker , and both have live preview function with which one can see the result simultaneously with every change on you tex code, really fantastic !
  • Ajay Shukla · Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
  • Khalid EL GHOLAMI · Université Blaise Pascal - Clermont-Ferrand II
  • Falk Lieder · University of California, Berkeley
    I like Texmaker.
  • Grygoriy Zholtkevych · V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
    I use Texmaker
  • L. Zaninetti · Università degli Studi di Torino
    Are many years that I using winedt
  • Thales Korting · National Institute for Space Research, Brazil
  • William Shipman · University of Johannesburg
    TeXnicCentre is good in Windows. In Linux, I use SublimeText 2 (has syntax highlighting, spell checking, tab completion) together with a makefile for generating the final PDF. The makefile is made much easier by using latexmk to build the PDF, while other build rules run scripts to generate graphs. The nice part with latexmk is that it repeatedly calls pdflatex and bibtex until all references have been resolved.
  • Karima Meftouh · Badji Mokhtar - Annaba University
    Hi, Texstudio is also good but I prefer WinEdt.
  • Prasanth G. Narasimha-Shenoi · Government College Chittur
    I don't understand, when there are lot of open source free softwares are there, why we go for the costly softwares. Its against even the ethics of Latex....I am using Tex Studio
  • Linggih Saputro · University of Indonesia
    well you can see it here
    hope it will help
  • Anam Arooj · National University of Science and Technology
    MikTex is a good option
  • ZaynAB Alhāmer · Mascara Universit
    MikTeX isn't a TeX/LaTeX editor.

    For a long time I've been using TeXnic Center, then I switched to NPP along with command line compilation.

    I'd say TeXnic Center stands as a good starter, It's simple to use, it's open source, it handles errors intelligently, it got auto-completion & spell-checking features, briefly, amongst the best editors.
  • Dr. Mohan Pradhan · Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal
    I am using miktex and working quite well
  • Prasanth G. Narasimha-Shenoi · Government College Chittur
    @ Dr. Mohan Miktex is not a Tex\LaTeX Editor.I now use Gummi/ TexStudio
  • I use the TeXnicCentre editor along with SumtraPdf viewer. The combination is simply awesome as I can click on any text area in the pdf document and the cursor gets automatically positioned on to the corresponding line in the tex file opened in the Editor.
  • Rob Hooley · The University of Manchester
    Currently using TeXStudio. Been using it for a few days and picking it up fairly quickly.
  • Prasanth G. Narasimha-Shenoi · Government College Chittur
    @ Rob, TexStudio is really good, so many good things compared to other editors. Also you can try Gummi
  • Navdeep Singh · Punjabi University, Patiala
    I have started working with TexStudio and I find it to be really good.
  • M.M. Noor · Universiti Malaysia Pahang
    Yes, I use TeXstudio daily and back up with WinEdt (some time used to compile only).

    So far, TeXstudio work well for me.

    But its good to try others also, to ensure the best suit for you. Different authors may have different sets of requirement.
  • Reza Esmaeilizadeh · Sharif University of Technology
    Is TeXstudio available in Tex Live Distribution? I'm a new latex user and currently I'm using TeXworks and I did not have problem as a beginner with it.
  • Zeashan Khan · National University of Science and Technology
    MikTeX + Winedt works fine for me ....
  • Kile, works on Linux, not sure how well runs on Windows
  • Abdurahman Amat · University of Camerino
    Kile is working on Windows very nice. Especially its step by step auto-compiling and auto-refreshing the live preview capacity. It is really nice. If I add any kind of small code on my tex file, I don't need to compile, I don't need to Qick-Build and also I don't need to push the view, or PDF button in order to see the corresponding new changes in my output PDF file. Kile - the Windows version is doing this, until now the Linux version will not support that kind of Live-preview function. It is really helpful for beginners like me he he he .. Now I am using Kile 3.1 on Windows
  • Konstantinos Avgerinakis · The Centre for Research and Technology, Hellas
    I would vote for WinEdt :
  • Ravnoor Singh · The University of Western Ontario
    Texmaker ( all the way. Comes with built-in LuaTeX and XeTeX support.

    Supported across multiple platforms (OSX, Linux, Windows).
  • Ivan Villaverde · Tecnalia
    I use Lyx ( It is a WYSIWYM editor and, for me, its main advantage is that you can edit TeX documents without actually using TeX and its syntax, unless you really need it. If that is the case, then you can also edit and insert manually TeX tags.

    It is a great editor overall, but it is specially good for newbies, since it allows to start creating TeX documents without needing to learn TeX.

    It also is multriplatform (I have used it in Windows, MacOS X and Linux myself).

    On the other hand, its main drawback is that it's not so easy to use templates, as they need to be supported (most commonly used templates are, anyway) or you need to manually add them to Lyx.
  • Prasanth G. Narasimha-Shenoi · Government College Chittur
    I prefer Gummi for beginners. I really gives output....on the right hand side.....
  • Vito Di Maio · National Research Council
    I think the best one is Kile. Intuitive, easy to use and manage ;)
  • Olarik Surinta · University of Groningen
    I'm using texShop on Mac OS. It works very well, easy to install and of course easy to use.
    Here is the link:
  • Jimmy Omony · University of Groningen
    Nothing beats WinEdt, it has my vote. I have used it for years, its user friendly and produces excellent work. Just give it a go, and you will see what I mean.
  • Raheam Al-Saphory · University of Tikrit
    Dear Jimmy Omony ·you have reason I think that InEdt is very good
  • Maybin Muyeba · Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Vivek Rai · IIT Kharagpur
    Though I'm a die hard fan of Vim, I personally use Gummi [1]. An open source, cross platform small software with realtime preview pane. Yay!

    Ho hassle of compiling your document every time you make changes. This becomes useful you are still in learning phase and make lots of mistakes.
  • Mohd. Imran (Punjabi) · Jamia Millia Islamia
    1. TexMaker
    2. Gummi
  • Athithan S · VIT University
    TexnicCenter is the best LaTeX editor for the Windows users and it may not be useful for Linux platform users. TeXStudio and Texmaker are the best inter platform editors. I use Texstudio which is good according my knowledge even though few complications occur rarely.
  • Athithan S · VIT University
    Anyone can follow these links corresponding to your requirement..
    TeXniccenter link...
    Texmaker link
    Texstudio link
  • Athithan S · VIT University
    Anyone can follow these links corresponding to your requirement..
    TeXniccenter link
    Texmaker link
    Texstudio link
  • Vim/GVim + LatexSuite, the best combination to produce Latex code.
    Vim link
    Vim is a text editor, with many commands to write faster; GVim is Vim with a GUI.
    You don't need nothing else to write (because you should only write, without pleasantries)
  • Mike Bourassa · Questient AI Inc.
    Windows: Winedt
    Linux: Texmaker or Kile (
  • David Fritz · Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Asking what is the best TeX editor is kind of like asking what's the best kind of wine. There are so many personal preferences and platforms that you can't really say that one is the best.

    To start it will depend on what operating system you're using. Next you will need to determine how well you know the LaTeX commands, this will then facilitate what type of software you're looking for.

    If you are an experienced LaTeXer you will probably be happier with a clutter free window with very few menu bars etc. In this case for linux you will probably be quite happy with VIM. This has stream editing features that can make a lot of changes in a document very easy. Plus since the config file is completely editable you can setup the coloring schemes however you would like. VIM also allows terminal commands directly from the ":" console so you can compile with only two or three keystrokes. Not quite as minimalist but still pretty streamline is Winefish. It is based off of the Bluefish which is a text editor designed for programming and web-design.

    If you're more towards the beginner, TeXMaker is not bad. I have used it rather minimally but it appears to have many of the common LaTeX commands listed in the menus. I think they do a pretty good job at keeping them out of the way as well so they don't disturb the more experienced LaTeXer either.

    On a windows machine there are a few others as well, here I have only minimal experience but I'll give my first impressions of the software that I have seen. There is of course as you mentioned the Notepad++ which is a good basic editor. For something more LaTeX focused there is WinShell which has some menus but tries not to get too much in the way. For someone who likes to click their entire paper there is TeXnicCenter which from what I have seen works well, but is very bulky and has a lot of buttons all over the place.

    On the MacOS there is also the TeXShop which is with minimal menu options, and of course the VIM. I find TeXShop to be ok, it is basic and can be configured rather easily.

    At the end of the day it is going to be a personal preference, my preference is VIM. It works on all systems, it is super powerful in many ways, it is versatile and since I have used it a lot for other things I am quite comfortable using it.

    I haven't ever tried any paid LaTeX editors, I personally don't see the point since there are so many options that are quite good and completely free.

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