Support by text editors for executing LaTeX-related external programs ranges from "good" (Emacs+AucTeX) to "nearly absent" (Vim).

Ltxshell is a shell for calling LaTeX and accompanying tools on Linux (teTeX) and win32-Systems (MikTeX). Ltxshell provides a simple interface to call these LaTeX-related tools. This software is written and maintained primarily by Volker Kiefel.

Software requirements: Ltxshell is provided as console program. It can be installed manually and is configurable for various (La)TeX-implementations: teTeX, TexLive, MikTeX, fptex. A full LaTeX implementation should be installed, ltxshell may call BibTeX, makeindex, dvips, dvipdfm, pdftex, Adobe acrobat/xpdf, ghostscript/gsview32, kpdf (KDE), evince (GNOME) or gv.

Download: Current version is 1.12 (released September 15, 2006). For download please refer to the ltxshell project page, archive with ltxshell.exe:, documentation (PDF, HTML).


This software is distributed in the hope that it will be useful for your work, but without any warranty; without even the implied warranty of merchantibility or fitness for a particular purpose. The program author therefore does not assume any liability for any alleged actual damages arising from the use of this software. References may be used under the terms of the GNU general public license, Version 2.

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