MiKTeX Alternatives

    MiKTeX is described as 'typesetting system for the Windows operating system. The distribution includes TeX, pdfTeX and XeTeX' and is a popular app in the Office & Productivity category. There are more than 10 alternatives to MiKTeX for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Haiku and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is LyX, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MiKTeX are TeX Live (Free, Open Source), Kile (Free, Open Source), TexMaths (Free, Open Source) and Gummi (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 20, 2021

    1. LyX is a document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents (WYSIWYM) and not simply their appearance (WYSIWYG). LyX combines the power and flexibility of TeX/LaTeX with the ease of use of a GUI.
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      Some users think LyX is a great alternative to MiKTeX, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Haiku
      TeX Live is an easy way to get up and running with the TeX document production system. It provides a comprehensive TeX system with binaries for most flavors of Unix, including GNU/Linux, and also Windows.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • KDE
      Kile is a user-friendly TeX/LaTeX editor by KDE. Kile gives you the ability to use all the functionality of LaTeX in a graphical interface and has interactive preview mechanisms to readily see the results of editing.
    2. TexMaths is an addon designed to provide LaTeX support into LibreOffice. LaTeX equations can be inserted as images (SVG or PNG formats) and the LaTeX code is saved into the image attribute for further editing.
    3. Gummi is a lightweight LaTeX editor for the Linux/GTK+ platform, released as free open-source software. It is designed with simplicity in mind and includes features that will make a novice LaTeX user quickly become accustomed to this mark-up language.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • Windows Phone
      • iPad
      VerbTeX is a free, collaborative LaTeX Editor. It allows you to create and manage LaTeX projects directly on your Android device and generate a PDF by using Verbosus (Online LaTeX and Octave Editor) "The Best Way to Type LaTeX on the Go" - androidappsreview.
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      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      BaKoMa TeX system for Scientific Publishing. One of its main features is instant preview: The document is typeset as you write, providing true WYSIWYG experience not usually found in LaTeX editors.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Eclipse
      TeXlipse is a plugin that adds Latex support to the Eclipse IDE.

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be abandoned. Last version, 1.5.0, released on November 2011, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      TeXnicle is LaTeX editor designed for Mac OS X. It runs on Snow Leopard and Lion on 32-bit and 64-bit systems. TeXnicle is free (as in beer) and will remain so.
    4. As an integrated environment, TeXpert allows users to edit, compile (generate PDF output) and view the result within a single app.
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