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I want to get and improve the source of the LaTeX2HTML program, but the top Google results are outdated, with broken links.

Does anyone know where the source resides?

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Are you sure that it isn't already installed on your system? – Herbert Sep 17 '11 at 8:37
@LaoTzu: have you considered using tex4ht instead? – ℝaphink Sep 17 '11 at 9:31
@Raphink I'll check it out. But I want to put up a version on github with better CSS of the more widely used latex2html. I've seen too many ugly webpages made with it and want to make a Readability-like view with MathJAX rendering instead of gif's. – isomorphismes Sep 18 '11 at 6:42
@Herbert I'm not sure, but I also don't know where to search on my system (ubuntu 10.04). – isomorphismes Sep 18 '11 at 6:45
@Lao Tzu: run which latex2htaml then you'll if it is already there. It is a Perl script – Herbert Sep 18 '11 at 7:15
up vote 3 down vote accepted

There is no single place to get the source as there is no definitive version of the application.

In addition to Peter's answer on the source code on CTAN, other places have different versions. This arises as distributors may have the project marked as 'not part of an upstream project', i.e. there is no single place to send copies of downstream changes as there is no known active maintainer. For example, Ubuntu regards the package in this way.

As a result there may be differences in the package and the source code depending where you obtain them from. The version history for Ubuntu shows that changes have been promulgated via Debian later than 2008. The current Ubuntu source and patch file are available to download.

As a result you may find that you have more than one version of the executable available and will need to look at the correct source code package.

On my system, Ubuntu 11.04 but with a full Tex Live 2011 installation, which latex2html returns /usr/bin/latex2html so I would need the Ubuntu source from the links above or by apt-get source latex2html (sudo is not needed) rather than the CTAN one.

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I would think the source would be at


The latex2html-2008.tar.gz there is dated Sept 2008.

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Thanks Peter. I gave the answer to @mas for its completeness but it could have gone to you too. Cheers. – isomorphismes Sep 18 '11 at 6:43

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