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Are there newsgroups, forums, FAQs, and other sites that provide quality information on TeX, LaTeX and friends? Are all of these in English, or is there one in "my language of choice"?

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What is your "language of choice"? – Caramdir Jul 31 '10 at 20:30
I think this question is borderline to be closed, almost too general (indeed, which language, are we going to list all resources in all languages?) In any case, it should be made a community wiki. – Juan A. Navarro Aug 12 '10 at 19:44
There's this one site called something like "tex.stackexchange.com" or something? I've heard that's pretty good... – Seamus Aug 12 '10 at 20:52
I think that this should be community wiki, and Stefan's answer should be accepted so that it stays at the top. – Loop Space Aug 13 '10 at 14:45

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Web forums:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

  • UK TeX FAQ: FAQ of the UK TeX Users Group, maintained by Robin Fairbairns
  • The Visual LaTeX FAQ: formatting samples available through a hyperlink interface
  • MacTeX FAQ: Mac OS X specific questions and answers
  • AMS FAQ: FAQ for AMS-LaTeX, primarily for AMS authors, but also dealing with amsmath and with LaTeX in general
  • de-tex-faq: FAQ of the German TeX user group DANTE e.V.
  • Picture FAQ: How to Include Pictures, in German

Software and Package Archives and Catalogues:


Mailing lists:

User group sites:


Distributions - where to get a complete TeX system:

  • TeX Live: TeX system for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and Windows
  • MiKTeX: user-friendly TeX system for Windows
  • proTeXt: easy-to-install distribution for Windows, based on MiKTeX
  • MacTeX: TeX Live customized for Mac OS X with useful additions



Friends: - Software related to TeX and LaTeX

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Nice, complete list (I was half-way through voting for lots of other answers when I spotted this one!) – Joseph Wright Aug 12 '10 at 19:03
One thing that is mssing is the german LaTeX forum at mrunix.de (mrunix.de/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=38). – lockstep Aug 13 '10 at 14:37
The mrunix forum is great. I just did not include LaTeX subforums (mrunix is a general programmers forum) but LaTeX dedicated forums. More such subforums are listed here: texblog.net/latex-link-archive/board-forum-group – Stefan Kottwitz Aug 13 '10 at 14:56
mrunix-LaTeX is only a subforum, but its topics account for about 60% of mrunix.de. Also, it has (at the moment) about 10 times the content of golatex.de. – lockstep Aug 13 '10 at 18:56
That is one hell of a list. Very good work! – Bran the Blessed Aug 19 '10 at 19:25


And you can even help improving it yourself :)

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The UK TeX FAQ, where you'll the answer to what you're looking for surprisingly often.

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For drawing figures using TikZ texample is a great resource for examples, complete with code.

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The two big ones are http://www.latex-community.org/ and http://tug.org/.
And the site you're on right now, of course!

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The #latex IRC channel on freenode.net has some extremely knowledgeable people on it.

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There are also options on usenet: the newsgroups comp.text.tex, fr.comp.text.tex (French), de.comp.text.tex (German) are also places where questions can be asked. Moreover, announcements about new and updated packages are also sent there.

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For LaTeX the way it's used by linguists, there is http://www.essex.ac.uk/linguistics/external/clmt/latex4ling/

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This makes me wonder: Should there be a thread collecting information about LaTeX concerning different sciences? – Bran the Blessed Aug 19 '10 at 19:26

One of my favourite books on LaTeX is 'The LaTeX companion'. It has the whole 3rd chapter 113 pages freely online (See: full text of chapter 3). The typography is also excellent.

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For philosophers and others in the humanities there is the PhilTeX blog and the PhilTeX forum.

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No one has talked about "Friends" so far :-)

For ConTeXt, the ConTeXt wiki is pretty useful

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