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TeX Live Alternatives

TeX Live is described as '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' and is an app in the news & books category. There are more than 10 alternatives to TeX Live for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is LyX, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like TeX Live are TeXstudio, Overleaf, Kile and MiKTeX.

TeX Live alternatives are mainly LaTeX Editors but may also be Word Processors or Text Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of TeX Live.
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  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
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  1. MacTeX icon

    MacTeX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    MacTeX is a redistribution of TeX Live, a typesetting environment. While TeX Live is designed to be cross-platform (running on Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows), MacTeX includes Mac-specific utilities and front-ends.

    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXMacTeX supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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  2. VerbTeX LaTeX Editor icon

    VerbTeX LaTeX Editor

    • 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)

    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingVerbTeX LaTeX Editor supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXVerbTeX LaTeX Editor supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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  3. vTeX icon

    vTeX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • Vercel
    • GitHub Actions
    • Travis CI

    vTeX is a Pandoc and LaTeX payload for continuous integration. It is customizable. So, it only contains the exact TeX packages that you need. It is intended for use in web development environments.

    ⚫︎ LightweightvTeX consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXvTeX supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    ⚫︎ CustomizablevTeX is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Using vTeX in vercel is insanely fast!
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    TeXnicle

    • 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.

    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXTeXnicle supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    A stand-alone editor
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    Papeeria

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online

    Write and compile LaTeX online.

    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXPapeeria supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    Verbosus: Online LaTeX Editor

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online

    Write and publish scientific documents in LaTeX directly in your browser or by using the mobile app VerbTeX available on Android, iOS and Windows. Manage your projects, upload existing or create new documents, images and styling files.

    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXVerbosus: Online LaTeX Editor supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    TeXPortal

    • FreeProprietary
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    TeXPortal is an application to typeset TeX documents, targeting mainly at academic researchers.

    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXTeXPortal supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    TeXpert

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android

    As an integrated environment, TeXpert allows users to edit, compile (generate PDF output) and view the result within a single app.

    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXTeXpert supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    ⚫︎ Spell CheckingTeXpert can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
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    JLatexEditor

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    JLatexEditor is a cross-platform open source LaTeX editor. It creates a unique development environment for a user by integrating many tools needed to write LaTeX documents, and is highly configurable.

    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXJLatexEditor supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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    Inlage

    • Windows

    Inlage (Intelligent LaTex Generator) is a shareware LaTeX Integrated development environment that allows the user input LaTeX by using Windows 7's Math Input Panel. The shareware version does not allow saving or compiling after 5 minutes of testing.

    ⚫︎ Support for LaTeXInlage supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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