13 Best Free LaTeX Editors For Windows

Let me present you a list of Free LaTeX Editors for Windows. These LaTeX editors provide you sophisticated environment to create TeX/LaTeX documents, without an hassle.

LaTeX is a document markup language. It is being widely used for preparation of documents in many fields, such as science, maths, physics, statistics, etc. With the help of LaTeX, you can render mathematical equations, symbols, tables, matrices, and much more, in your document.

How to install a LaTeX editor:

These LaTeX editors are free to download, and really easy to use. Before installing any of these LaTeX editors, you need to install a document distribution system for LaTeX. MiKTeX is the best distribution of the typesetting system LaTeX. Its open source, and available for free. Once you install MiKTeX, you can use any of the given LaTeX editors.

If you are interested, you can also checkout the List of Best Free Online LaTeX Editors, List of Best Free Math Software, and List of Best Free 3D Modeling Software For Windows.

Here is the List Of 13 Best Free LaTeX Editors for Windows:


TeXmaker is an impressive and steady LaTeX editor, which is available for free.  This cross-platform LaTeX editor has a variety of features to offer: Unicode support, PDF viewer, auto-completion, syntax highlighting, etc. You can create various LaTeX documents, such as technical articles, bibliography and journals, very easily. The available options include, changing font attributes, adding mathematical symbols, creating LaTeX tables, and many other advanced options. The integrated PDF viewer lets you preview a document in real-time.
You can also configure this software according to your requirements.

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TeXstudio is another brilliant LaTeX editor, where you can effortlessly create a document. This open source software is also cross-platform, and works on Windows, Linux, BSD, and MAC. This LaTeX editor is a derivative of TeXmaker, and inherits almost all the advanced features. You will find more than a hundred mathematical symbols, options to insert images and tables, spell checker, syntax highlighting, and much more. It automatically detects MikTeX, so you need not configure it after installation. The integrated PDF viewer lets you preview your document in real time. TeXstudio is completely customizable LaTeX editor.

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Lyx is a cross platform document generator. It offers easy, and flexible approach for rendering mathematical equations, images, tables, etc. to your document. You can create a LaTeX document with ease, without worrying about LaTeX codes. This editor provides an integrated equation editor, which has almost every symbol  that you may require while writing a scientific, technical, or mathematical document. While you work with this editor, you do not have to worry about defining any attributes for the content of your paper, like usual LaTeX editors. Save your document as PDF, to publish or print it.

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Another dynamic LaTeX editor for Windows OS, TeXnic is open source, and free to use. It is a light software, and the UI is really simple. This LaTeX editor has integrated mathematical symbols, and options to insert tables & pictures. The auto-completion feature for codes, makes compiling a document really easy. You can anytime run the source code, and preview your document in PDF, or DVI format.   

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TeXworks is a super lite LaTeX editor, which is based on cross-platform, open source tools. It can detect MicTeX automatically, to work with it. The UI has nothing, but a work-space, and few general options. Simply write your document, and compile it. In case of error, the editor shows it up on the bottom of the UI. If no errors are found, a PDF of the document opens up, on the integrated PDF viewer.

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WinShell provides an integrated document development environment, in TeX and LaTeX. This is a free to use, cross platform LaTeX editor, which is extremely lite, and loaded with many features. Type your document in the integrated editing area. Features like mathematical tools, syntax highlighting, and spell check, help you with writing codes without any error. Compile your document for a preview in PDF format. This LaTeX editor doesn't have an integrated PDF viewer, thus it requires a pre-installed PDF viewer to view any document. Other tools that this LaTeX editor features is a table wizard, BibTeX support, Unicode support, etc. This software can also be operated in more than 20 languages.

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TeXpen is a free to use, open source LaTeX editor, loaded with various features. These features include real-time PDF preview, syntax highlighting, auto-completion, and theme/background option to protect your eyes. You can also insert tables, and images to your LaTeX document. Write down your code, build it and view as PDF in real-time. This LaTeX editor can also be configured manually by the user.

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LEd (LaTeX editor) is another free LaTeX editor for MS Windows. Its a powerful framework to develop TeX, and LaTeX documents. There are various tools integrated to this LaTeX editor, making it a perfect environment for editing/compiling a LaTeX document. These tools include, spellchecker, DVI-viewer, code-complete mechanism, word wrapping, code folding, etc. The task of inserting a table or an image, can be carried out easily as well. You can view your document on the integrated viewer, or you can directly save your document as PDF.

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Texiteasy is a cross-platform, open source LaTeX editor. This LaTeX editor is rich with features. It has a simple interface, which is easy to work with. It has pre-installed macros, which lets you complete your document with more ease. The list of functions that this editor features, are:

  • Syntax coloration
  • Command completion (with commands defined in the source, ref your label, cite your bibitem and bibfile)
  • Integrated pdf viewer (auto sync during scrolling, reverse sync with Ctrl+Click on the PDF)
  • Spell checker
  • Hide auxiliary files
  • Search with regex
  • Quickly open associated files (input, bibliography)
  • Autodetect the master file (if it is open)
  • Restore last session
  • Configure multiple builders
  • Configure keybinding and themes
  • Split the editor in two parts

This is one of the best, and easy to use free LaTeX editor available.

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JLaTeX Editor

JLaTeX Editor is a basic, cross-platform open source LaTeX editor. This editor is well tested for MacOS and Linux, but is under constant development for Windows. Although, it is in an experimental stage for Windows, it is available for download, and works fine. It does not carry much features, but is capable of carrying out the task of creating a LaTeX document. When you have finished writing your LaTeX document, process it, and save your result as PDF. Integrated PDF viewer is unavailable in the current version, so you have to manually open the PDF document.

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Emil TeX

An easy to use, and rich with features, Emil TeX is a free LaTeX editor. It has an integrated, real-time PDF viewer. Other features include synchronized view, syntax highlighting, spell check, multi-monitor view, etc. The installation file is very light, and the installation process does not consume much time. You can save your LaTeX document as PDF in any given folder. This software requires .NET framework to be installed on your computer.

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AUCTeX is a customizable integrated environment for creating TeX/LaTeX documents in Emacs(an extensive open-source text editor). AUCTeX makes editing a TeX/LaTeX document really easy. Macros, keyboard shortcuts, and code folding are some of the tools which makes this environment really friendly to work with. Post compilation, you can view the document as DVI or PDF. It supports customization to match your personal working style.

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Notepad++ is a Microsoft Windows based text, and source code editor. This editor provides syntax highlighting, and code folding for almost 50 programming, scripting, and markup languages, including LaTeX. It also provides multi-tab editing option, where you can work on more than 1 document in a single window. The usual LaTeX output is rendered in .html or .xml format. To render the output in PDF format, you will have to modify the program a bit. The modification required is really simple, which you can find here.

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RtextDoc is an open source, multi-language editor. It has almost all features of a standard editor, such as syntax highlighting, auto completion, code folding, etc. This is a good environment to build a LaTeX document, and it works with WYSIWYG approach. This editor is only capable of converting LaTeX into HTML and XML. It has an integrated PDF viewer, but that only works for AsciiDoc.

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  • Weihan Xingqi

    LyX is THE BEST Tex editor out there – bar none! Nothing even remotely compares.

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