Installing TeXmacs for Linux

Selection of the installation method

Depending on your GNU/Linux distribution, you may choose between the following installation methods:

  • Some distributions (such as ArchLinux and Gentoo) actively support TeXmacs, in which case you may directly install TeXmacs using the standard tools of your system.

  • We provide ready-to-install packages for CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Scientific Linux, Open Suse, and Ubuntu.

  • In the cases of Debian and Ubuntu, we also propose a way to add a TeXmacs repository to your package manager; this makes it easy to detect and install new versions.

  • We finally provide generic binary packages for TeXmacs, which can be installed as explained below.

Downloading TeXmacs

Depending on the version of your GNU/Linux system, download one of the following static binary distributions of GNU TeXmacs:

Notice that we only provide static binary packages for Intel or AMD based PC's.

Unpacking TeXmacs

In a shell session, cd into the directory where you wish to install TeXmacs and type

gunzip -c TeXmacs-[version]-[your system].tar.gz | tar xvf -

All files will be unpacked into the directory TeXmacs-[version]-[your system]/TeXmacs. Let [installation directory] be the full path of this directory. As a sanity check, you may verify that this [installation directory] contains a bin subdirectory with the TeXmacs binary texmacs.

Depending on your shell, either type

export TEXMACS_PATH=[installation directory]


setenv TEXMACS_PATH [installation directory]

We recommend to put these lines in your personal startup script, such as .bash_profile.

You may now run the program using

texmacs &

Learning TeXmacs

  • Get started by watching our introductory videos.

  • Or by reading one of the TeXmacs tutorials.

  • For more information, please consult the user manual.

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