Installing TeXmacs for GNU/Linux

Selection of the installation method

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

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

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

  • Otherwise, you may install a generic binary package for TeXmacs, 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] (or TeXmacs-[version], for some older versions). Let [installation directory] be the full path of this directory.

Depending on your shell, either type

export TEXMACS_PATH=[installation directory]


setenv TEXMACS_PATH [installation directory]

where [installation directory] is as above. 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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