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Install with:
    apm install latex

LaTeX package

Build Status Windows Build Status Dependency Status devDependency Status

Compile LaTeX or knitr documents from within Atom.


Use the Atom package manager and search for “latex”, or run apm install latex from the command line.


### TeX distribution Since this package relies upon latexmk, a reasonably up-to-date and working TeX distribution is required. The only officially supported distributions are TeX Live, and MiKTeX. Although, the latter is not as well tested and supported as TeX Live, hence using TeX Live is highly recommended.

You need to ensure that the package can find your TeX distribution’s binaries; by default the package uses your PATH environment variable, as well as the following search paths on Linux and macOS

  1. /usr/texbin
  2. /Library/TeX/texbin

and on Windows it uses

  1. %SystemDrive%\texlive\2016\bin\win32
  2. %SystemDrive%\texlive\2015\bin\win32
  3. %SystemDrive%\texlive\2014\bin\win32
  4. %ProgramFiles%\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\x64
  5. %ProgramFiles(x86)%\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin

If your TeX distribution’s binaries are not installed in one of those locations or discoverable via the PATH environment variable, you will need to help the package find the binaries. This can be done by setting the TeX Path configuration option to point to the folder containing the binaries, either in the settings view, or directly in your config.cson file. See Configuration for further details regarding the settings of this package.

TeX Live

If you’re using TeX Live and have installed to the default location then no further action should be required.


If you’re using MikTeX and have not installed the required latexmk package, learn how to use latexmk with MiKTeX.


The latex:build command can be invoked from the LaTex menu or by pressing the default keybind ctrl-alt-b while in a LaTex or knitr file. Log messages and any other messages from the build may be seen in the LaTeX log panel accessible from the status bar.

The latex package supports other commands as detailed in the table below.

Command Keybinding Use
latex:build ctrl-alt-b Build LaTeX/knitr file and open result.
latex:rebuild None Force a rebuild of LaTeX/knitr file.
latex:clean ctrl-alt-c Cleanup files after a build.
latex:kill None Terminate currently running build. Also available from status indicator.
latex:sync ctrl-alt-s Use SyncTeX forward if possible from the current cursor position.
latex:sync-log None Display and highlight log messages from the current cursor position.
latex:check-runtime None Check for the existence of latexmk, Rscript and PDF/PS/DVI viewers.

Overriding Build settings

Many of the build settings in the settings page of the latex package can be overridden on a per file basis. One way to override specific build settings is to use “magic” TeX comments in the form of % !TEX <name> = <value>. Another way is to use a YAML formatted file with the same name as your root LaTeX file, but with an extension of .yaml. The settings and values that can overridden via either method are listed in the table below. If multiple setting names are listed then the first is preferred and following names are available for compatibility. More details can found at Overridding Build Settings.

Name Value Use
cleanPatterns comma separated patterns, e.g. **/*.blg, foo Specify patterns to use for latex:clean
enableSynctex yes, no, true or false Override SyncTeX setting
enableExtendedBuildMode yes, no, true or false Override extended build mode setting
enableShellEscape yes, no, true or false Override shell escape setting
engine or program pdflatex, lualatex, etc. Override the LaTeX engine to use for build.
moveResultToSourceDirectory yes, no, true or false Override move result to source directory setting
outputFormat or format dvi, ps or pdf Override the output format
jobNames, jobnames or jobname comma separated names, e.g. foo, bar Control the number and names of build jobs. Only a single name can be used for jobname.
outputDirectory or output_directory directory path, e.g. build Specify the output directory that should be used.
producer dvipdf, dvipdfmx, xdvipdfmx or ps2pdf Override the PDF producer
root file path, e.g. ../file.tex Specify the root file that should be built. Only available via “magic” TeX comments.

PDF/DVI/PS Viewers

The latex package currently supports Atril, Evince, Okular, pdf-view, Preview, Skim, Sumatra PDF, Windows shell open, xdg-open, Xreader and Zathura as PDF/DVI/PS viewers. This includes support for cursor synchronization via SyncTeX if possible. Specific features of each of the viewers is detailed at Supported Viewers.

Development status

Please note that this package is in a beta state. It is stable, but lacks some important features.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated!

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