What are the best online LaTeX editors?

Unlike simple text editors that we use every now and then, you can't just write a plain text when dealing with LaTeX. Here is a list of the best online LaTex editors that you can use if your work involves using this special document preparation system. 

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    #1Authorea

    Authorea

    Authorea is one of the best online LaTeX editors. Proven to be a good option for everyone, it has ready-to-use templates and collaboration tools to ensure maximum performance for users.

    Websites

    Free

    Ajay Jayaraman
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "having to deal with LaTex for so long got me to really look for the best editors that can really provides results. The thing that got me into this is the ”Power LaTeX user” mode which supports a much much larger subset of LaTeX. This is what ultimately got me into using this Latex editor full-tume."
  2. 5

    #2Sharelatex

    Sharelatex

    ShareLaTeX helps you with your LaTeX document editing tasks online. With it, you can work straight from your web browser and utilize its 400 templates that comes built-in with it. 

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Kelly Ford
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "One of my top choices for online latex editor hands down. Being able to collaborate with other members on my document in real-time is a big plus over anything"
  3. 4

    #3CoCalc

    CoCalc

    CoCalc is an open-source collaborative calculator that gives users full access to computational software. With it, you can seamlessly do your tasks while working with the LaTex system.

    Software

    Web

    Free- different plans available

    Will Gu
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "I didn't have a clue on how this worked before. But with the need to work with an online Latex editor, this made sense and I was able to do my job very well"

WHAT'S THE MEANING?

"LaTeX" is a document preparation engine that uses text commands to define the way a document is typeset. These texts look a bit like programming language and are unlike those seen in formatted texts used in word processors like MS Word.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that LaTeX creator Leslie Lamport didn't expect to make money from it? It was invented due to necessity more than anything. LaTex's saw its beginnings in 1983 when Lamport was working at SRI. He needed to write TeX macros for his own use. Eventually, his finished product became the macro package that we know today. The user's manual for LaTex finally came out in 1986 and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. In its early stages, it was used as a writing tool for people in the academe, mathematicians and computer scientists. Scholars who needed to write documents that included complex math expressions used it.

A lot of people are familiar with using text editors for programming as well as apps to edit text do. However, these tools usually don't comprise what LaTex editors do. LaTeX has been used to produce efficient algorithms to properly format texts. With its system, a document is displayed as a pdf while the text is written separately. The thing is, it will not matter if you have embedded a thousand high-resolution photographs. Today, written texts play an important part of life especially in the digital age and LaTex contributes a lot to it.

  1. 2

    #4Overleaf

    Overleaf

    Overleaf is one of the best online LaTeX editors out there. This tool is trusted by over 200,000 academians worldwide as it has all the features that make your document creations easy.

    Websites

    Free

    Xu Yang
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "I'm still sold on LaTex over Typeset and this tool got me started with all the features that it has. Being able to edit without any trouble dealing with equations and what not is really cool. Highly recommended"
  2. 0

    #5TeXstudio

    TeXstudio

    TeXstudio is an integrated writing environment for creating LaTeX documents. With a goal to make writing LaTeX as easy and comfortable as possible, it has tools like syntax highlighting and reference checking enabled.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Zeng He
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "Computing can be a big problem for me but this tool got me going as it's a really good Latex editor that you can use. Features like Document Word count, frequency count analysis and more made it into an independent full-blown LaTeX editing tool I can rely on"
  3. 0

    #6TeXnicle

    TeXnicle

    TeXnicle is a LaTeX editor and project organiser for Mac OS X with a feature-rich interface to help you manage your LaTeX projects. It comes with a flexible engine system which allows users to define new engines to compile different types of projects.

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    He Zhang
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "I read about this on a blog and I was immediately able to use it on my Mac for my Thesis. Great free tool that you can use for Latex related stuff"
  4. 0

    #7Texpad

    Texpad

    Texpad is a software that you can use to create beautiful PDFs for your written word using power LaTeX in a modern environment. With tools for collaborative work, it ensures a quality finished product.

    Software

    Mac

    $29.99

    Andrea Armstrong
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "Good thing is I discovered this software when I really needed to use it for my subjects. I recommended this to my undergraduate friends who are into LaTex"
  5. 0

    #8VimLatex

    VimLatex
    Vim is undoubtedly one of the best editors ever made. LaTeX is an extremely powerful, intelligent typesetter. Vim-LaTeX aims at bringing together the best of both these worlds.
    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Xu Yang
    Written on June 19, 2019
    "This brings the minimalistic and powerful approach to text editing that I've never really seen into other Latex online editors"

Summary

Best What are the best online LaTeX editors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1AuthoreaWebsites 6 Free
2SharelatexSoftware 5 Free
3CoCalcSoftware 4 Free
4OverleafWebsites 2 Free
5TeXstudioSoftware 0 Free
6TeXnicleSoftware 0 Free
7TexpadSoftware 0 Paid
8VimLatexSoftware 0 Free
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