Installing TeXmacs on GNU/Linux systems

1.Installation method

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

  1. Please check whether your distribution already supports TeXmacs, in which case you may directly install TeXmacs using the standard tools of your system.

  2. Please check whether your distribution is in the list of standard GNU/Linux distributions for which we provide ready-to-install packages.

  3. Otherwise, you may install a generic binary package for TeXmacs, as explained below.

If you are interested in packaging TeXmacs for a new GNU/Linux or Unix distribution, then please take a look at our suggestions.

2.Download the package

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

  1. TeXmacs package for 32 bit GNU/Linux distributions.

  2. TeXmacs package for 64 bit GNU/Linux distributions.

  3. If the above packages do not work on your computer, then you may try our alternate TeXmacs package, which should be suitable for older systems.

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

3.Unpack the package

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] (or TeXmacs-[version], for some older versions). Let [installation directory] be the full path of this directory.

4.Set the environment variables

Depending on your shell, either type

export TEXMACS_PATH=[installation directory]


setenv TEXMACS_PATH [installation directory]

where [installation directory] is as in step 2. We recommend to put these lines in your personal startup script, such as .bash_profile.

5.Happy TeXmacs-ing!

You should now be able to run the program:

    texmacs &

If you like the program, then please consider donating money or services to us. Of course, you may also contribute yourself. In case of problems, please subscribe to the texmacs-dev or texmacs-users mailing lists and ask your questions there. You may also directly contact us, but you might need to be more patient.