The documentation of arara has a chapter about IDE integration. However the often used editor Texmaker is missing. The installation of the tool itself is well described in the documentation of arara

  • How can I integrate the great tool arara in Texmaker?
  • Is it possible to define a new button?
  • Are there any differences between the integration in different OS?

A small introduction with pictures would be nice :-)

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One has at least two options, defining a User command, or using Quick build. There is no difference between Windows and Linux (AFAIR, I'll check later), can't say about OS X.

User command

Go to User ⭢ User commands ⭢ Edit User commands.

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Edit one of the free commands, give it a reasonable name, and use

arara %.tex

as the command. % is a placeholder for the filename without extension, as mentioned in the dialog:

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Quick build

The Quick build is defined in Options ⭢ Configure Texmaker ⭢ Quick build. Choose User, and type the same command as above:

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  • User commands can be accessed via the menu, or the keyboard shortcut Alt + Shift + function key, as seen in the first screenshot.
  • The quick build has keyboard shortcut F1, and is also found in the Tools menu. (The shortcut can be changed in Options ⭢ Configure ⭢ Shortcuts)
  • There is a build button on the toolbar, and this can be configured to use anyone of the defined build tools, including user commands. Click the name of the tool to open a list of all available build tools, and click the arrow to compile.

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    I do not think it is possible to create a new button altogether.

  • Great. Now Texmaker users can work with arara ;-) Apr 10, 2013 at 20:03
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    this procedure is same on linux(ubuntu) as well, i hope its same for mac. may be add arara %.tex --verbose --log |evince %.pdf in both user command and QuickBuild approaches with Built-in-viewer and Embed ticked. Depending on pdfviewer choice, output pdf will automatically refresh in integrated pdf viewer on each run. customizing QuickBuild User Apr 10, 2013 at 20:47
  • Seems to work, but I don't have any progressoutput of arara
    – NobbZ
    Jul 16, 2014 at 15:06
  • @NobbZ Try with arara --verbose %.tex instead. I'll see about editing my answer. See also texenthusiast's comment above. Jul 19, 2014 at 17:23
  • Nope, as soon as I use the verbose option, arara uses \LaTeX in interactive mode and in case of error I don't even get an information about it, instead it looks like still compiling. Just seeing the arara headline and success message for every working-item would be enough, just like I can see it in my terminal when I run arara there
    – NobbZ
    Jul 20, 2014 at 8:17

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