Kile – integrated LaTeX editing environment

Kile is a user-friendly LaTeX source editor and TeX shell for KDE. LaTeX is a text-processing system derived from TeX, a program developed originally in 1977 by Donald Knuth to help him layout his work professionally, obtaining a work similar to a typesetter’s.

Kile allows you to use all the functionality of LaTeX in a graphical interface, giving you easy, immediate, and customized access to all programs for LaTeX codecompletion, compiling, postprocessing, debugging, conversion and viewing tools; you also get very handy wizards, a LaTeX reference and a powerful project management.

The source editor is a multi-document editor designed for .tex and .bib files. Menus, wizards and auto-completion are provided to assist with tag insertion and code generation. A structural view of the document assists with navigation within source files.

The TeX shell integrates the various tools required for TeX processing. It assists with LaTeX compilation, DVI and postscript document viewing, generation of bibliographies and indices and other common tasks.

Kile can support large projects consisting of several smaller files.

Features include:

  • Compile, convert and view your document with one click.
  • Auto-completion of (La)TeX commands.
  • Templates and wizards make starting a new document very little work.
  • Easy insertion of many standard tags and symbols and the option to define (an arbitrary number of) user defined tags.
  • Inverse and forward search: click in the DVI viewer and jump to the corresponding LaTeX line in the editor, or jump from the editor to the corresponding page in the viewer.
  • Finding chapter or sections is very easy, Kile constructs a list of all the chapter etc. in your document. You can use the list to jump to the corresponding section.
  • Collect documents that belong together into a project.
  • Easy insertion of citations and references when using projects.
  • Flexible and smart build system to compile your LaTeX documents.
  • QuickPreview, preview a selected part of your document.
  • Easy access to various help sources.
  • Advanced editing commands.

Support: The Kile Handbook
Developer: Pascal Brachet, Thomas Braun, Holger Danielsson, Michel Ludwig, Jeroen Wijnhout
License: GNU GPL v2


Kile is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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