# Changing typesetting engine from pdfLaTeX to LuaTeX in TeXnicCenter

How does one change the typesetting engine from pdfLaTeX to LuaTeX in TeXnicCenter? Is it sufficient to just change the path to the .exe in Build->Define Output Profiles?

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You can try to do this and then read the log file to see if LuaTeX was used. –  Sigur Dec 29 '12 at 11:07
Welcome to TeX.SE! –  cmhughes Dec 29 '12 at 17:34
Are you sure you want luatex and not lualatex? (Note that the engines, as written on the command line, are all lower case.) Also, I would suggest copying the output profile you want to change, so that you can easily switch back to pdflatex. –  doncherry Dec 29 '12 at 19:42
You should first copy the output profile “LaTeX ⇨ PDF” into a new profile “LuaLaTeX ⇨ PDF” and in this new profile you can replace pdflatex.exe with lualatex.exe. –  Speravir Dec 29 '12 at 22:12

If you install TeXnicCenter 2.0 Beta 1, the option to compile with LuaLaTeX is already available as follows:

Note that TeXnicCenter 2.0 Beta 1 (either 32 or 64 bit version) still does NOT support Unicode even though it claims to support UTF-8. That is its feature!

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TeXnicCenter 2.0 does support UTF8, at least here by me! It must be another local issue on your computer. –  Speravir Dec 29 '12 at 22:01
@Speravir: I have no idea how to solve it. –  I am who I say I am Dec 30 '12 at 1:50

Yes, that should be enough- as @Sigur says, you'll be able to tell by reading the .log file.

When I compile the MWE \documentclass{article}\begin{document}hello world\end{document} using pdflatex the first line of the .log file is

This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 (TeX Live 2012) (format=pdflatex 2012.12.20)  29 DEC 2012 09:32


and when I compile using lualatex the first line of the .log file is

This is LuaTeX, Version beta-0.70.2-2012062812 (TeX Live 2012) (format=lualatex 2012.12.20)  29 DEC 2012 09:35

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