Yesterday I installed TeXstudio on my Ubuntu system. I realized it has nice functions like "jump to PDF" (goes to PDF and highlights the marked text) and "go to source code" (goes to the source code of that part that was clicked in the PDF):

Now I installed TeXstudio under Mac OS X, and those functions do not work. Strangely it was also configured in a way that external viewers were used to show the PDF. I changed everything to "internal PDF viewer", but still these nice "jump function" don't work.

What do I have to change (in the preferences), so that I use those function? Or is it not possible to use them within Mac OS X?

  • Have you the synctex command included in your path? For me with "/usr/texbin/pdflatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex the jump-function works fine Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 8:33
  • -synctex=1 was there for xelatex and lualatex, but not for latex and pdflatex. I added it, and now it works. Please write an answer, so that I can accept it,...
    – Sven
    Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 9:11
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    synctex sometimes has (or had, not sure if this is solved completely) problems if there is whitespace in the path or filename of your tex document. Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 21:37

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[turning previous comment into answer]

Add -synctex=1 to your path, e.g.

"/usr/texbin/pdflatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

Then the jump-function should work.

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