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I used VerbTeX app in my android phone. But this app do not support XeLaTeX. Also I need internet connection for using of that. Is there any distribution of TeX for android? How I can install TeX on my android phone?

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There is work to implement TeXLive 2012 for Android. The development site provides information on progress as well as access to downloads. The code is still experimental but might be worth a try. Otherwise the existing solutons are similar to VerbTeX and may involve web-based LaTeX processing.

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Ooh must try that... –  David Carlisle Dec 18 '12 at 16:21

Just have a look here: TexPortal. This is an App for Android which runs fine on my Nexus 7 without the need for rooting my device (this was important for me). If you download all the packages you don't need an internet connection to compile the documents. Most of the time I use it just for short letters, but for testing I compiled my diploma and my master thesis with this App without any trouble.

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From what I understand TeXPortal does not support XeLaTeX. Is this correct? –  Peter Jansson Dec 26 '12 at 18:20
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I just replaced the link does not work and the additional information that texportal is no longer free. –  Edy Jo Jan 9 at 21:52

I am the author of TeXLive for Android. I have provided an .apk file for Android, but I have not added XeTeX to my app, due to the large size of the xetex binary. You can get XeTeX from here: http://texlive-for-android.googlecode.com/files/tl4a-2013-06-18.tar.xz. I am now testing my GUI of tlmgr, which is written completely in Java.

The next version of my App will add biber and Vim 7.4 in 2014. A TeX editor for my App is now under development.

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Does anyone have a working /sdcard/texlive/texmf.cnf they could share? Also what part exactly of the texlive distribution should be copied into /sdcard/texlive? Perhaps someone could share the output of ls /sdcard/texlive from a working installation? –  flamingpenguin Jun 29 '13 at 12:48
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@flamingpenguin You can modify a texmf.cnf which have already installed in your computer. And then move this texmf.cnf to /sdcard/texlive. On my computer, this texmf.cnf file can be found in C:\texlive\2013\texmf-dist\web2c\texmf.cnf. What you should do is changing the value of TEXMFROOT. Please read the comments in the texmf.cnf carefully. –  Clerk Ma Jun 29 '13 at 15:29
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OK, that worked great. I just did a portable installation of texlive into /usr/local/texlive/2013 on my linux machine. (I left out the source and docs for diskspace). Then I "rsync" the whole /usr/local/texlive/2013 into /sdcard/texlive on my asus tf700 (using the terminal IDE app from app store) and copied the texmf.cnf you mention into /sdcard/texlive and change the TEXMFROOT to /sdcard/texlive and then everything worked (although no arm biber bins are available so I have to use bibtex). Builds my complicated beamer pdfs perfectly. Awesome, thanks. –  flamingpenguin Jun 29 '13 at 16:12
    
@flamingpenguin It's my pleasure. I found that the biber program in TUG's SVN is existed in binary file. I have not get sources in the SVN. I need have a look at biber, then port it to Android. –  Clerk Ma Jun 29 '13 at 16:23

The geek solution is to install Jack Palevich's Android terminal emulator and then Kevin Boone's Kbox2, then you can install a LaTeX distribution, I personally made my own by extracting only essential packages from TeXLive archives on ctan.org and picking the pdftex binary that comes with texportal. I don't know if TeXLive for android is based on the same trick. It works great for me but only in urgency case because I have no computer at home, only a cheap tablet (mpman mp888)... and of course no root needed to all this. Maybe vim can make the workflow better than editing with droidedit and switch to the terminal to compile (it is what i'm doing)

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Just providing a little more detailed howto for this... I just installed texlive 2013 on my Asus TF2012 and I am now able to generate PDF using beamer, tikz, pgfplots, bibtex, etc. on my tablet :)

In a few steps:

  1. Download and make a "portable" installation of texlive on another computer.
  2. Zip the created folder (2.1Gb for full LaTeX) and transfer to your android device.
  3. Unzip folder to /sdcard/texlive
  4. Copy the texmf.cnf from /sdcard/texlive/texmf-dist/web2c to /sdcard/texlive
  5. Change in this file TEXMFROOT to /sdcard/texlive
  6. Install TeXLive for Android and click "Install TexLive" (generates binaries, e.g. latex, pdflatex, bibtex, etc.)
  7. Enjoy :)
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Just for information: it didn't work on my machines (slackware 12.2 - i386, android 4.3 on galaxy note II); step 6. was unsuccessful. Even tried multi. –  user43115 Dec 23 '13 at 4:29

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