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Open Source Overleaf Alternatives

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

Overleaf alternatives are mainly LaTeX Editors but may also be Word Processors or Note-taking Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Overleaf.
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  • FreemiumOpen Source
  • Online

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  1. LyX icon

    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.

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    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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    Not an online collaborative editor

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    Not collaborative online tool

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  3. Texmaker icon

    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 icon

    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.

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  5. ShareLaTeX icon

    ShareLaTeX

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    A web-based collaborative LaTeX editor.

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    ShareLaTex is now part of Overleaf icon Overleaf

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    Most users think ShareLaTeX is a great alternative to Overleaf.


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    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.

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

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    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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    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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    Curvenote

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Curvenote is a collaborative writing tool designed for open-science and reproducibility. Create & edit technical content in real-time, including equations, references, figures, and interactive plots from Jupyter, then export to any journal template.

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