Document Management Systems

TeXworks – simple TeX front-end program

TeXworks is a cross-platform, open source, Qt-based, graphical user interface to the TeX typesetting system and its LaTeX, ConTeXt, and XeTeX extensions.

This software offers an environment for authoring TeX (LaTeX, ConTeXt, etc) documents, with a Unicode-based, TeX-aware editor, integrated PDF viewer, and a clean, simple interface accessible to casual and non-technical users.

It offers a built-in PDF viewer using the poppler library; the viewer has auto-refresh capability, and also features SyncTeX support.

TeXworks is inspired by Dick Koch’s TeXShop program for Mac OS X.

Features include:

  • Integrated PDF viewer, based on the Poppler library, supporting source/preview synchronization.
  • Continuous scrolling mode.
  • Two-pages (spread) mode.
  •  Supports:
    • pdfTeX – an extension of TeX which can produce PDF directly from TeX source. pdfTeX can natively handle the PDF, JPG, JBIG2, and PNG graphics formats.
    • pdfLaTeX – converts Latex sources into PDF.
    • LuaTeX – an extended version of pdfTeX using Lua as an embedded scripting language.
    • LuaLaTeX – LuaTeX engine with the LaTeX format.
    • XeTeX – Unicode-based TeX.
    • XeLaTeX – Unicode-based LaTeX.
    • ConTeXt – an alternative to LaTeX.
    • BibTeX – reference management software for formatting lists of references.
    • Biber – citation management tool for LaTeX users
    • MakeIndex – provides a sorted index from unsorted raw data.
  • Scripting:
    • Supports QtScript, Lua and Python languages.
    • Use scripts to add new features (through standalone scripts) or extend existing functionality (through hook scripts).
    • Assign custom shortcuts for quick access.
    • Customizable access to other files and programs.
    • Use some of the bundled scripts to, e.g., set the spellchecker language based on babel options or turn the lengthy console output into a concise list of TeX errors and warnings.
  • Command line parser allows for greater interoperability with other software.
  • Unicode support using standard OpenType fonts.
  • Multi-level undo/redo.
  • Search & replace, with (optional) regex support.
  • Comment/uncomment lines, etc.
  • TeX/LaTeX syntax coloring.
  • Spell checking facility.

Support: Documentation, Mailing List, GitHub code repository
Developer: Jonathan Kew, Stefan Löffler, and Charlie Sharpsteen
License: GNU General Public License v2.0



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

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