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Aside from CTAN, what are good resources/repositories for Latex templates? In particular, I'm looking for some pretty Thesis templates (I'm familiar with classicthesis)

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This should be Community Wiki. – Leonardo Herrera Jul 27 '10 at 16:52
Should this be for thesis templates, or for templates in general? So far, your answers have all been thesis templates. I'm looking for other templates. Please either edit the question to read "Resources/Sites for thesis templates", or clarify that you want general templates. (Or, simply delete your parenthetical note.) – Kevin Vermeer Jul 29 '10 at 19:51
I think 'templates in general' might be too broad. As it is, 'thesis templates' is quite a wide topic. – Joseph Wright Jul 30 '10 at 5:43
Why community wiki? Isn't it expertise to show that you know a cool website dedicated to latex templates? – Dima Jul 31 '10 at 14:15

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In my case, I actually found it easiest to roll my own using the memoir package as a base. It's very well documented, and setting the appropriate margins, double/one-half line spacing, etc. was very easy. And it makes it easy to play around a bit within the thesis guidelines, for instance making fancy chapter headings.

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Although it uses the book class, Siarhei Khirevich's tips might be inspiring to customize headers, chose a font, parametrize microtype, hacking bibtex, etc. – Clément Jun 12 '14 at 16:33

Robert Poser has created a site dedicated to thesis templates:


The link is currently dead, but that web site can still be read using archive.org (the Internet wayback machine) choosing a snapshot date such as February 8, 2014. The thesis template site mostly just links to available external sites with templates.

It provides links to ready-to-go thesis templates of various universities worldwide. There's even a google map for viewing the templates origins on the world map.

Besides LaTeX templates there are also LyX thesis templates.

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The website mentioned is not available anymore. – Ratul Saha Jun 2 '14 at 17:03
@RatulSaha It's blocked but not definitely gone, perhaps hacked and blocked by the provider, we could watch it for a time if it comes back. – Stefan Kottwitz Jun 3 '14 at 16:16
@StefanKottwitz No sign of this getting fixed: I don't think we can do much other than delete the answer. Do you agree? – Joseph Wright Jun 12 '14 at 8:20
@JosephWright It's accessible via archive.org. I added this. Can it stay then? Besides historical interests ;-) it still can be browsed and read and the templates can be accessed. – Stefan Kottwitz Jun 12 '14 at 16:11
@StefanKottwitz thank you! It is always good to be on a LaTeX webpage, I learn so much I didn't know AND isn't LaTeX. Now I know archive.org – Basilius Sapientia Mar 11 '15 at 21:12

UK-TUG have a list of thesis templates from various UK institutions at http://uk.tug.org/training/thesis/. There is also a good generic template at http://www.sunilpatel.co.uk/thesistemplate.php, but I'm note sure any of these are 'pretty'. At least in the UK the requirements tend to be vary much geared around a traditional manuscript style (double spaced and so on).

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Note (Jan 2014): many of the links from the above age are dead now. – Chris H Jan 6 '14 at 11:44
@ChrisH I will see what I can do about that: we don't unfortunately get much direct information on this so have to rely on what we find! – Joseph Wright Jan 6 '14 at 12:08
The link to "Using LaTeX to Write a PhD Thesis" is now dickimaw-books.com/latex/thesis (sys.uea.ac.uk was changed to cmp.uea.ac.uk many years ago, if anyone finds any old links to it, although I've moved most of my LaTeX resources from cmp.uea.ac.uk to dickimaw-books.com.) – Nicola Talbot Jun 12 '14 at 16:31

For the spanish speaking community, I maintain a thesis format which can be easily adapted to the requirements of different universities. The format itself can be used to write thesis documents in any language, but it has a spanish option which takes care of loading a suitable set of packages and options to get the entire format consistently translated into spanish.

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I'm currently writing a (bachelor) thesis myself and just using the LaTeX's own "report" class, I find it meets all of my universities requirements when I only use a custom title page.

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I used scrreprt and I didn't even have to modify the title page. – marczellm Jan 6 '15 at 15:28

There is an unofficial class sapthesis for the Laurea, Laurea Specialistica and Dottorato degrees at the La Sapienza university of Rome.

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Chances are, your institution will have pretty strict specifications for your thesis format. If you're lucky your institution may have a class file or some grad students may maintain a unofficial template.

Purdue University (a state school in Indiana, USA) has a document class that may be a good starting point.


An additional complication at Purdue is that each department has additional constraints on the formatting so the document class takes an option to specify the department.

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“ Chances are, your institution will have pretty strict specifications” – is this actually common? My University has absolutely zero specs. I’m the author, I decide the format. – Konrad Rudolph Aug 5 '10 at 9:34
In U.S. institutions it's the absolute norm, not the exception. And the formatting guidelines are usually awful as well. – Alan Munn Jan 10 '11 at 1:09
@Konrad: When Alan says "awful," he really means awful. They're atrocious. – TH. Jan 10 '11 at 1:57
In German institutions it's the absolute exception, not the norm. Only things like the exact words to be used for the declaration about having written the thesis oneself, marked quotations, named all sources and so on as well as some rules about the title page, inclusion of CV and such things are regulated. – Stephen Sep 26 '11 at 7:11

There seems to be a nice compilation of thesis templates on this site:


These templates include many already mentioned here.

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I use tex live utility on the mac to maintain my tex distribution. Specifically I use the ctan repository. On searching for thesis templates, I got style (cls) files for the following thesis formats. More information can be found on their respective ctan pages.

afthesis, classicthesis, ebsthesis, gatech-thesis, hepthesis, muthesis, psu-thesis, ryethesis, seuthesis, thuthesis, ucdavisthesis, ucthesis, uiucthesis, umich-thesis, umthesis, ut-thesis, uwthesis, york-thesis

My suggestion would be to see which one of these is closest to your university's requirements and then build on that. To search for each of the above theses files, use the following link format: http://www.ctan.org/cgi-bin/filenameSearch.py?filename=afthesis&Search=Search and replace the name appropriately and on the page visit the readme page for more details.

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Unofficial (but linked from the Graduate School webpages) thesis template for Tennessee Tech University.

At the moment, the development snapshot is more advanced (automatic generation of front matter pages, ToC and related list page headers), and is nearly ready to be merged back to the stable version. Only 13 commands required for generating a basic thesis (plus any \include commands for your chapters and appendices).

Based off memoir, with hyperref, hypcap, ifthen, indentfirst, listings, memhfixc, nomencl, refcount, rotating, and ted packages required.

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I just redid the uclathesis class, and in the process collected (iirc without checking) about a dozen thesis classes from various schools in the US and Europe to look at how others did this or that. In the end I used memoir, and it was pretty simple and straightforward, all in all. The part that took the longest (a day?) was the construction of the frontmatter pages (titlepage, signature page, copyright, vita, dedication, acknowledgements, abstract) which all had to have a special format.

I could email you any or all of these, and, even tho I'm probably not in the same class as many of the latex coders here, I'd be happy to advise you if you need it, since this is an exercise that I just finished.

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A really great place for LaTeX templates is:


This website is beautifully laid out and the templates are sorted into categories that make it easy to find the template that is best suited to your purposes. All of the templates have PDF examples and full template code.

I am not affiliated with this website in any way but have used it many times.

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You can find lots of minimalistic thesis templates in CTAN and other places. However, if you are looking for precisely the opposite, i.e., a template that does everything for you but writing the thesis itself ;) check unlthesis.

This template is actively maintained and is permanently including new features and requests from the many users scattered around the world. Among the most notorious features are:

  • Support for multiple languages: Currently there is support for Portuguese, English, Italian and French. Support for German and Spanish are on the way.
  • Support for multiple styles: Currently there are 17 different chapter styles and 7 font/sectioning styles. Adding your own styles is as simple as adding your configuration file to the appropriate folder.
  • Support for multiple schools: Currently we support 4 schools (FCT-UNL, FCSH-UNL, IMS-UNL and IST-UL). Other schools are on the way as well.
  • Customisable cover pages.
  • A customisable book spine generator.

All these features are supported by configuration files (and not in the main class file), which makes it safe and easy to add support for new schools, new chapter styles, etc.

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Illinois Institute of Technology has their thesis class at available from the Graduate College website. A lot of the commands are somewhat nonstandard (for example capitalized \Section commands), so I've been redoing the class file as I work on my thesis. I'll post the result somewhere when the thesis examiner likes it.

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The Université de Lorraine (in France), and more specifically the LORIA lab, developped a template that can be easily adapted.

You may find it at http://www.loria.fr/~roegel/TeX/TUL.html , but this page as well as the documentation is in French.

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Another template was developped by the "association des doctorants de l'IRISA et de l'École doctorale Matisse en informatique, traitement du signal et électronique", a french team.

You may find it at http://www.irisa.fr/adoc/WikiWeb/pmwiki.php?n=Main.ModeleLatex

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Russian PhD thesis (Candidate of Sciences dissertation) template compatible with national standard (GOST).

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