5 Free LaTeX Editors For Windows

If you want to create documents in LaTeX, it will be useful if you have a full fledged editor which is designed for creating documents using LaTeX.

There are a couple of choices before you. The following are 5 very popular LaTeX editors available for Windows.

Some of these free LaTeX editors are cross platform as well.


LyX is a document processor that combines the power and flexibility of TeX/LaTeX with the ease of use of a graphical interface. You can use LyX to create a letter, novel, theatre play, film script, academic articles, thesis, and books.

LyX LaTeX Editor
LyX Interface

Runs on : Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, OS/2
Home Page : www.lyx.org


Texmaker is a free LaTeX editor, that integrates many tools needed to develop documents with LaTeX, in just one application. Its feature set includes a unicode editor, a clean and modern interface, wizards to generate skeleton code, single click support for over 370 mathematical symbols, LaTeX to HTML conversion tools, and LaTeX documentation, just to name a few.

Texmaker Free LaTeX editor
Texmaker editor interface

Runs on : Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X.
Home Page : www.xm1math.net/texmaker/index.html


TeXnicCenter is a feature rich and easy-to-use integrated environment for creating LaTeX documents. Its powerful editor and its tight integration with the LaTeX environment helps you to concentrate on what matters: The content of your document.

TeXnicCenter LaTeX Editor
TeXnicCenter LaTeX Editor

Runs on : Windows
Home Page : www.texniccenter.org


WinShell is a free multilingual integrated development environment (IDE) for LaTeX and TeX. The program includes a text editor, syntax highlighting, project management, spell checking, a table wizard, BibTeX support, Unicode support, different toolbars and user configuration options.

WinShell LaTeX Editor
WinShell LaTeX Editor

Runs on : Windows
Home Page : www.winshell.de


The TeXworks project is an effort to build a simple TeX front-end program. It includes an integrated PDF viewer so there is no need to switch to an external program such as Acrobat, xpdf, etc., to view the typeset output.

MikTeX – a TeX distribution for Windows includes TeXworks. So you don’t have to install TeXworks separately.

TeXworks LaTeX editor
TeXworks LaTeX editor

Runs on : Windows, Linux, Unix, Mac OS X.
Home Page : www.tug.org/texworks/

All the five above mentioned LaTeX editors are open source and can be used free of cost.