# LaTeXit alternative for ubuntu

On my Mac I was using LaTeXit. It takes a LaTeX code and produces instant pdfs (or pngs, jpgs, etc…).

I'm sure there's a similar programme for Ubuntu. But I was unable to find one.

Any ideas?

• Have you tried googling for "Linux latex editors"? You will find there are many, including texmaker for example. Personally, I do all my LaTeX stuff with emacs. – terdon Mar 24 '14 at 19:23

The equivalent application should be KLatexFormula, which can be installed by

sudo apt-get install klatexformula


But if you have a recent enough Ubuntu, the current version (3.2.7) triggers a bug that makes it unusable, which is fixed in 3.2.8, but it is not available at this date.

You can probably compile it from source following the instructions, I have not tried.

I have submitted a bug report.

UPDATE --- there is already (two hour after the filing of the bug!) a fix filed for Trusty that should fix the problem. Thanks to the developer.

• Very good! I think I have a lot to look forward to when it comes to Trusty. – Markus Mar 25 '14 at 12:30
• There is an SRU request for 13.10 too --- should hopefully go to updates shortly. – Rmano Mar 25 '14 at 14:52
• Strange. I'm using 14.04 now and another bug is troubeling me: GPL Ghostscript 9.10: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1 – Markus Apr 21 '14 at 21:26

I would definitely recommend LyX for this. From the 2.1 release, LyX contains an "equation editor" mode that can generate similar output as KLatexFormula or Ekee.

For the sake of completion, a few more LateX equation editors:

• EqualX - GPL3, WYSIWYG, installable from a deb package.

• Laeqed - LaTeX equation editor specifically targeted at producing PNG images of math equations for use on web pages. Java based, you can either download the jar file or run it directly in your browser.

• Online LaTeX Equation Editor - PHP based WYSIWYG equation editor accessible with a web browser, no need to install software. Export to several different image formats including vectors.

• TeXMaths - an extension to LibreOffice, only recommended if you use this office suite.

• +1 --- the online LaTeX equation editor is really handy. – Rmano Mar 25 '14 at 14:53
• I like EqualX too. It's a shame it isn't in the (official) repositories. – Markus Apr 21 '14 at 21:27