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Free Overleaf Alternatives

The best free alternative to Overleaf is LyX, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Overleaf and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Overleaf are TeXstudio, Texmaker, TeX Live and ShareLaTeX.

Overleaf alternatives are mainly LaTeX Editors but may also be Word Processors or IDEs. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Overleaf.
This page was last updated Jun 23, 2022
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  • FreemiumOpen Source
  • Online

Overleaf, formerly WriteLaTeX, is a collaborative writing and publishing system that makes the whole process of producing...

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  1. LyX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku

    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.

    LyX vs Overleaf opinions
    Some users think LyX is a great alternative to Overleaf, some don't.

    No collaboration feature

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    Not online so many people can work together on a project

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    This is not a collaborative online tool like overleaf.

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    Combine lyx with git to enable collaboration.

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  2. TeXstudio is an integrated environment for writing LaTeX documents. Our goal is to make writing LaTeX as easy and comfortable as possible. Therefore TeXstudio has numerous features like syntax-highlighting, integrated viewer, reference checking and various assistants.

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    Some users think TeXstudio is a great alternative to Overleaf, some don't.

    Not an online collaborative editor

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    Not collaborative online tool

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  3. Texmaker

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Haiku

    Texmaker is a free LaTeX editor, that integrates many tools needed to develop documents with LaTeX, in just one application.

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    Not an online collaborative editor

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  4. TeX Live

    • 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.

  5. ShareLaTeX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    A web-based collaborative LaTeX editor.

    Discontinued

    ShareLaTex is now part of Overleaf

    Most users think ShareLaTeX is a great alternative to Overleaf.


  6. Kile

    • 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.

  7. Fidus Writer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    Fidus Writer is an online collaborative LaTeX editor especially made for academics who need to use citations and/or formulas.

  8. Authorea is the online document editor for researchers that allows researchers to write, cite, host data, and publish research documents. Authorea is trusted worldwide by leading researchers writing and publishing content in every discipline, from astrophysics to zoology.

  9. CoCalc

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online

    Web-based cloud computing (SaaS) and course management platform for computational mathematics.

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    Overleaf is an Online LaTex editor and CoCalc is a course management platform. They are completely different things

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  10. TexMaths

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • LibreOffice

    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.

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