How would I define a proof environment that is basically used with

some proof here

and it would be equivalent to:

\paragraph{Proof:} some proof here
\hfill \box


  • You probably want to add a “qed” box at the end of a proof. For this, it is enough to load a package such as amsmath. – Juan A. Navarro Feb 3 '11 at 7:25
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    Environments for proofs, theorems etc. are provided by either the amsthm or the ntheorem package. – Carsten Thiel Feb 3 '11 at 8:34

With LaTeX syntax:


I assume here that you mean \hbox{} not \box in your code. The \null macro is short for \hbox{}. The \box is a TeX primitive and is more like \usebox.

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    this "box" at the end is quite invisible. and if the proof ends with a display or a list, there's an extra blank line. – barbara beeton May 21 '13 at 21:29
  • @barbarabeeton: It was not my original intension to draw a real box there because I took the \box macro of the OP with it's normal TeX meaning ;-) I modified the answer now to draw a real box. I don't have a quick fix for blank line issue. IMHO Someone should post an answer based on amsthm or a similar package. – Martin Scharrer May 22 '13 at 6:44
  • This solution gave me an extra blank line at the beginning. Replacing \paragraph{Proof:}} with \textbf{Proof:} solved the problem. – ntc2 Jan 28 '14 at 4:46
  • @ntc2, I'm guessing that was an indent from \paragraph{} which can be suppressed with \noindent – PatrickT Feb 1 '14 at 22:22
  • @martin The square at the end is carried to the next line if in math display mode. Is there a workaround for that? – blackened Mar 31 '17 at 16:59

You can also use the amsthm package which is a really nice and quick way of creating a proof.



    Your proof here.


It will add Proof in italics at the beginning of the text given as argument and a white square (Q.E.D. symbol) at the end of it.

I found this easy solution at 1. You can also look up there how you define your own environments using this package.

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    amsthm's proof has the (known) flaw of introducing too much space when the proof directly starts with an enumerate or itemize environment. – Marius Hofert Apr 26 '14 at 18:55

A small extension due to the case that the proofs are in the section "Proofs:"


\newenvironment{myproof}[2] {\paragraph{Proof of {#1} {#2} :}}{\hfill$\square$}
\begin{theo} \label{theo}

This is the proof
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  • this one seems to be giving an error about \begin{document} missing whenever I try to use \begin{proof} \end{proof} – kloop Feb 2 '11 at 23:46
  • @kloop: I think it's the problem Martin pointed out - \box is a Tex primitive that looks ahead for the box number, and I guess then will eat the closing parenthesis. I've changed the code. – Charles Stewart Feb 2 '11 at 23:58
  • Aaahhh, he meant to draw a box using \box, ok ... I sometimes I think to complicated. – Martin Scharrer Feb 3 '11 at 0:20
  • The \square should be enclosed in $ signs: \def\QEDmark{$\square$}. – user31011 May 21 '13 at 3:10
  • @user31011: This is true if you use the environment (or \QEDmark) in running text. If you use it in one of the AMS multiline math environments, putting in the '$' will cause an error. If you might use it in either, try \ensuremath, but cf. tex.stackexchange.com/questions/34830/… – Charles Stewart May 22 '13 at 7:22

This is a solution using the ntheorem package. Here some explanations:

  • amssymb is loaded to use \blacksquare
  • The package ntheorem is loaded using the option thmmarks to support the placement of endmarks.
  • \theoremheaderfont{\bfseries} sets the theorem title in bold.
  • \theorembodyfont{\normalfont} preserves the normal text font for the theorem content.
  • \theoremseparator{:} set : to be the separator between title and content.
  • \theoremsymbol{$\blacksquare$} will place a solid black square at the end of every theorem environment.
  • \newtheorem*{proof}{Proof} sets up a new unnumbered environment named proof with the default title "Proof".

Afterwards you can use \begin{proof} ... \end{proof} just like any other environment.


    We immediately see, that
    \[ 1 + 1 = 2. \]
    Thus the proof is done.



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  • the box won't be there if the proof ends with a display or a list. regarding ending with a display, that's not great style; better to finish off with text as in this example. but a list might be harder to avoid. – barbara beeton May 21 '13 at 21:23
  • Actually in some case the box will be there when ending with a dislay (although the order of appearance seems very random to me). Nevertheless I agree with you on the style issue. – Henri Menke May 21 '13 at 21:37
  • The claimed output is not the one I get when i compile the given code. – anderstood Oct 7 '14 at 15:57
  • OK I see: the figure is wrapped in a SE environment... – anderstood Oct 7 '14 at 15:58

I use ams package and changed a predefined "proof" environment in the following way and it works for me in LaTeX:

\renewenvironment{proof}{{\bf \emph{Proof.} }}{\hfill $\Box$ \\} 

It changes the "proof" word to an italic bold "Proof.", adds a white QED. mark at the end of the last line of the proof, and creates a line space from whatever comes after the proof.

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