# Differences between Tex Live and TexMaker

What is the difference between Tex Live and TexMaker. Are they in the same category? What's the difference between these two?

• TeXLive is a TeX distribution and TeXmaker is an editor for TeX/LaTeX/ConTeXt/... document.
– user2478
Feb 13, 2014 at 10:36
• Well, `TeXMaker` is an editor with special support for `LaTeX`, but you can't use it standalone. It needs a so called `TeX` distribution like `TeXLive`, which provides the binaries like `pdflatex` and the packages! Feb 13, 2014 at 10:37
• Think to TexMaker as your set of kitchen utensils and TeXLive as your food ingredients: if you don't have the ingredients the utensils are useless. Viceversa, if you have ingredients, you can change whatever set of utensils (see the editors) and you will still be able to cook (see compiling a document). Feb 13, 2014 at 10:50
• Related Link at TUG tug.org/levels.html Feb 13, 2014 at 14:15

When you use LaTeX, the documents are compiled to PDF with command-line tools such as `latex`, `pdflatex`, `xelatex`. These have to be invoked from the command line: `cmd.exe` on Windows and usually `bash` in Linux. LaTeX itself has no graphical user interface.