# Installing LaTeX in a server

I need to run LaTeX in a server using an explorer (just like Safari or Chrome). The thing is that I can't find a software that allows me to do that, as, for example, R Studio does (they have the program in their web page). Is that possible?

I do not need much security. The thing is that I need to run it from my iPad, for example thru safari. The reason why I'm using a server is because I use a lot of packages and most of the computers take a lot of time processing the document.

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Welcome to TeX.sx! –  Rico Jan 23 '13 at 21:44
@Rico, mathjax only does render the fonts, or better, it interprets some LaTeX commands and use some different font to show the text. I guess that the OP wants to run pdflatex on the server, for example, to insert some tex text on the field and compile to obtain the pdf. –  Sigur Jan 23 '13 at 21:45
Maybe you can use TeXlive.js –  Martin Heller Jan 23 '13 at 21:45
It might be useful to give more details of the workflow that needs to be supported. Are we talking users upload .tex files and get a PDF back or something more complex? Do you need the server to run as a service (daemon)? Any particular security requirements? –  Joseph Wright Jan 23 '13 at 21:46
It's also interesting whether you can act as root or not –  Rico Jan 23 '13 at 21:53

You should know that doing this sort of thing is non-trivial and the security issues are a much bigger pain than you may anticipate. I'm the co-founder of http://SpanDeX.io which allows you to edit LaTeX in the browser. We're currently working on a version of the site that you can use on iPad and other tablets and that should be out in the next week. I'd recommend you use that (though I'm a bit biased, clearly).

Hope this helps!

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Online latex editors are a good option - writelatex.com is one that already works well on the iPad and other tablets. [Note: I'm a developer at writeLaTeX, so also probably a bit biased! :-) ] –  John Hammersley Jan 24 '13 at 1:13

Google provides a Latex distribution based on an old version of Texlive (TL 2009) that allows the service to be made accessible by their CLSI (Common Latex Service Interface). The system can be downloaded follwoing insructions at the project's installation documentation.

You can use the service through its webform (you need Apache and PHP installed). There might be a CLSI client app for the IPad, which would probably be nicer to use.

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Wondering why not use a local environment that includes both typesetting and a syntax-highlighting editor?.

(Disclaimer: I'm one of the Texpad developers.)

May I suggest looking at Texpad for iOS (http://texpadapp.com/ios). We have local typesetter that we believe is currently the most completely LaTeX system on iOS with advanced fonts, beamer and TikZ. We also have a full package manager that practically delivers the whole of texlive to you: