Last updated on October 8, 2020 by Dan Nanni
LaTex is a document markup language for the Tex typesetting program. Due to its high quality typesetting capability, LaTex/TeX system is popularly used in academia and research communities to prepare professional looking documentations and research papers.
If you would like to use LaTeX on Ubuntu or Debian, you can install Tex Live, which is the default TeX distribution on such systems.
To install Tex Live, run the following. This will install bare essential TeX-related programs.
$ sudo apt-get install texlive-base biblatex
On Ubuntu 14.10 or later, the
biblatex package no longer exists. Thus, install the following packages instead.
$ sudo apt-get install texlive-base texlive-bibtex-extra
In addition to bare minimum Tex programs, you will probably want to install extra macro packages and LaTex fonts in order to write up a decent article.
$ sudo apt-get install texlive-fonts-recommended
$ sudo apt-get install texlive-fonts-extra
$ sudo apt-get install texlive-latex-base
$ sudo apt-get install texlive-latex-extra
$ sudo apt-get install texlive-latex-recommended
$ sudo apt-get install texlive-science
If you prefer using a dedicated LaTex editor with a graphical interface, instead of working with LaTex language directly, I recommend you try LyX editor.
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