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Integrated environment for editing LaTeX and TeX files

AUCTeX is an integrated environment for producing TeX documents in Emacs. It allows many different standard TeX macros to be inserted with simple keystrokes or menu selection. It offers an interface to external programs, enabling you to compile or view your documents from within Emacs. AUCTeX also features the ability to place inline previews of complex TeX statements such as mathematical formulae.

AUCTeX provides by far the most wide-spread and sophisticated environment for editing LaTeX, TeX, ConTeXt and Texinfo documents with Emacs or XEmacs. Combined with packages like RefTeX, Flyspell and others it is pretty much without peer as a comprehensive authoring solution for a large variety of operating system platforms and TeX distributions.


To install this package, run in Emacs:

M-x package-install RET auctex RET

Once the installation is completed, proceed to Quick Start.

Then read the Info manual by typing: C-h i d m auctex RET

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Extension or Plugin

This package can be used as an extension, plugin, or add-on to:


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
License:GPLv3orlaterGenium11 January 2017

Leaders and contributors

Mosè Giordano Maintainer
David Kastrup Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug TrackingMailing List Subscribe
AUCTeX ManualHomepage
SupportMailing List Subscribe
DeveloperVCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Required to useTeX
Required to useLaTeX
Required to useTexinfo
Required to useGhostscript
Required to useEmacs 21 or later

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 11 January 2017.


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