How can I setup my TikZ-Editor to enable preview?

I use MacTeX 2013, installed with the ISO file.

Could you give me some clue about how I can configure this software?

The error message reads:

Preview Error: Can't convert the source file to PDF. Please check the LaTeX command in preview's preferences.

enter image description here


The error messages says that the LaTeX command is incorrect, which it is by default (more or less). You either could chang your global path variable in a way that TikZ-editor finds pdflatex, or you tell TikZ-Editor where pdflatex is installed. WIth MacTeX, the command should be

"/usr/texbin/pdflatex" -file-line-error -interaction=nonstopmode -output-directory $OUTPUT_DIR -jobname $FILE_NAME $FILE_PATH

change the latex command

  • Thanks, Tobi. That is exactly what I want! It is helpful! – eccstartup Jul 25 '13 at 0:33

Tobi's solution didn't work for me until I got rid of the quotation marks. I.e., instead of "/usr/texbin/pdflatex" use /usr/texbin/pdflatex.


The pdflatex executable wasn't in /usr/texbin/pdflatex on my system. A more general approach would be to locate the file on your system by typing the following command in terminal on Mac:

which pdflatex

On Windows the command would be where pdflatex

It then gives you the path to pdflatex, which in may case was:


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.