ftpare available in the document
systems/unix/unixtex.ftp, though nowadays the sensible installer will take (and possibly customise) one of the packaged distributions such as teTeX , or the TeX Live CD-ROM (see TeX CD-ROMs).
For teTeX, browse
systems/unix/teTeX/1.0/distrib/sources for relevant files: you
need at most one each of the
.tar.gz files for
Sets of binaries for many common Unix systems are to be found as
part of the teTeX distribution, or on the TeX Live CD-ROM.
For teTeX binaries, browse
systems/unix/teTeX/1.0/distrib/binaries - there's a
.tar archive for each supported architecture in the
directory. In default of a precompiled version, teTeX will
compile on most Unix systems, though it was originally developed for
use under Linux (see below).
systems/unix/linux/ntex) and teTeX (browse
Beware the Slackware '96 CD-ROM distribution of NTeX: it includes a version of the CM fonts that has deeply offended Don Knuth (since it contravenes his distribution conditions). The Slackware updates now offer teTeX, as do most Linux distributions.
systems/msdos/emtexas a series of zip archives. The package was written by Eberhard Mattes, and documentation is available in both German and English. Appropriate memory managers for using emTeX with 386 (and better) processors and under Windows, are included in the distribution.
A second package, gTeX, runs under MS-DOS or Windows (and its
users speak well of it). It is available from
The most recent offering is an MS-DOS port of the Web2C 7.0
implementation, using the GNU djgpp compiler. It
is available from
texmftree as a teTeX installation). fpTeX's previewer (Windvi) is based on xdvi, and takes advantage of extra facilities in the Win32 environment. Printing is available via dvips only. fp\TeX is available from
MikTeX, by Christian Schenk, is also a comprehensive
distribution, developed separately from the teTeX work. It has
its own previewer, YAP, which is itself capable of printing,
though the distribution also includes a port of dvips.
systems/win32/miktexppc, and an AXP port is available from
UK TUG prepays the shareware fee, so that its members may
acquire the software without further payment. Questions about
OzTeX may be directed to
Another partly shareware program is CMacTeX (available as
systems/mac/cmactex), put together by Tom Kiffe. This is much closer
to the Unix TeX setup (it uses dvips, for instance).
CMacTeX includes a port of the latest version of
Standard tape distribution is through DECUS (see sources of software).
ftp is not available to you, send a message
containing the line `
You can also order a CD-ROM containing this and other Amiga software from Walnut Creek CDROM, telephone (+1) 510-947-5997.
There are good TeX-writing environments and editors for most operating systems; some are described below, but this is only a personal selection:
support/auctex). This provides menu items and control sequences for common constructs, checks syntax, lays out markup nicely, lets you call TeX and drivers from within the editor, and everything else like this that you can think of. Complex, but very powerful.
systems/msdos/4alltex) provides a very comprehensive environment written in 4DOS which lets you access most TeX-related software in a friendly way. You can choose your own editor; something such as QEdit or Brief is suitable. This whole package is available in easy-to-use form on CD-ROM from TeX user groups.
systems/msdos/texshell) is a simpler, easily-customisable environment, which can be used with the editor of your choice.
systems/msdos/e4t; also shareware) is a specially-written TeX editor which features intelligent colouring, bracket matching, syntax checking, online help and the ability to call TeX programs from within the editor. It is highly customisable, and features a powerful macro language.
systems/msdos/gtex) comes with MicroEmacs ready to go, integrated with TeX, previewer, dvips and Ghostscript.
systems/msdos/emtex-contrib/TeXtelmExtel) is a Shell for emTeX or
WTeX and related tools under Windows. It includes a
simple multiple-document editor, a built-in spelling checker,
automatic OEM/ANSI character conversion,
user-definable point-and-click Templates, support for the forward
and inverse search mechanism of DVI driver for Windows and
for automatic font generation. Besides the predefined tools, up to
10 user-defined tools can be set up.
On a PC with large enough memory, a version of GNU emacs, that will run under Windows, is available; thus you can also use AUCTeX under Windows.
Y&Y's commercial (and high-quality) Windows previewer, dviwindo, can be used as a good TeX shell, calling programs such as TeX, drivers, and editors (Y&Y supply the public domain PE, and recommend the commercial Epsilon) from customisable menus (see commercial vendors for details of Y&Y).
Scientific Word is a WYSIWYG editing program, strong on maths, which uses LaTeX for output (see vendors for contact address).
systems/win32/winedt/winedt32.exe), is highly spoken of. It provides a shell for the use of tex and related programs, as well as a powerful and well-configured editor.
systems/os2/epmtexfor a specific OS/2 shell.
systems/mac/support/alpha) which is extensible enough to let you perform almost any TeX-related job. It works well with OzTeX.
There is another set of shell programs to help you manipulate BibTeX databases.
There are many commercial implementations of TeX. The first appeared not long after TeX itself appeared. Of the vendors, ArborText (formerly Textset) and Personal TeX are those who have survived longest (since the mid or early 80s).
What follows is probably an incomplete list. Naturally, no warranty or fitness for purpose is implied by the inclusion of any vendor in this list. The source of the information is given to provide some clues to its currency.
In general, a commercial implementation will come `complete', that is, with suitable previewers and printer drivers. They normally also have extensive documentation (i.e., not just the TeXbook!) and some sort of support service. In some cases this is a toll free number (probably applicable only within the USA and or Canada), but others also have email, and normal telephone and fax support.
ArborText IncSource: TUGboat 15(1) (1994)
1000 Victors Way
Ann Arbor MI 48108
Tel: (+1) 313-996-3566
Fax: (+1) 313-996-3573
Northlake Software, Inc.Source: Email from Pat Rau, November 1994
812 SW Washington, Ste 1100
Portland, OR 97201
Tel: (+1) 503-228-3383
Fax: (+1) 503-228-5662
Richard J. KinchSource: News posting from Richard Kinch, October 1997
6994 Pebble Beach Court
Lake Worth FL 33467
Tel: (+1) 561-966-8400 Fax: (+1) 561-966-0962 Email:
Y&Y, Inc.Source: Y&Y announcement, February 1995
45 Walden Street
Concord MA 01742
Tel: 800-742-4059 (within the USA)
Tel: (+1) 508-371-3286
Fax: (+1) 508-371-2004
Personal TeX IncSource: Mail from Personal TeX Inc, September 1997
12 Madrona Street
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tel: 800-808-7906 (within the USA)
Fax: (+1) 415-388-8865
MicroPress IncSource: Mail from MicroPress, Inc., July 1999
68-30 Harrow Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Tel: (+1) 718-575-1816
Fax: (+1) 718-575-8038
Micro Programs, Inc.Source: AMS listing, November 1994
251 Jackson Ave.
Syosset, NY 11791
Tel: (+1) 516-921-1351
Dr Christopher Mabb
Scientific Word Ltd.
49 Queen Street
Aberdeenshire, AB42 1TU
Tel: 0845 7660340 (within the UK)
Tel: +44 1779 490500
Fax: 01779 490600 (within the UK)
MacKichan Software Inc.Source: Mail from Christopher Mabb, May 1999
600 Ericksen Ave. NE, Suite 300
Bainbridge Island WA 98110
Tel: (+1) 206 7802799
Fax: (+1) 206 7802857
Blue Sky ResearchSource: TUGboat 15(1) (1994)
534 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Tel: 800-622-8398 (within the USA)
Tel: (+1) 503-222-9571
Fax: (+1) 503-222-1643
Radical Eye SoftwareSource: Mail from Tom Rokicki, November 1994
PO Box 2081
Stanford, CA 94309