I'm looking for a Windows based visual equation editor which produces LaTeX code.

I need the functionality like in those online equation editors such as the LaTeX Equation Editor site

It should be an open source/freeware software (Portable installation preferred).


4 Answers 4


Have you tried LyX?

See also this list.

Any reasonably developed LaTeX IDE will have buttons for adding a variety of symbols as in the online one you linked to. For example, Kile and TeXmaker both have this capacity.

TeXworks doesn't yet seem to have this capacity (at least, the version that comes bundled with Ubuntu's TeXlive 2009 doesn't) but I expect it will soon...

  • @Seamus. Thank you. Is there a stand alone program dedicated for this task only?
    – Royi
    May 13, 2011 at 15:45
  • @Drazick Not that I know of, but I don't see what task would require one. What do you want to get out of this editor? Do you want pictures of your equations? If so, the standalone package might help. Could you edit your question to explain what it is you want and why you don't want a full IDE...
    – Seamus
    May 13, 2011 at 15:52
  • There is Inlage, looks nifty but it's not freeware :(
    – dingo_d
    May 13, 2011 at 16:47
  • @Seamus, The computer I'll be using won't have an internet connection. My skills in writing LaTeX are limited, hence I'd like the most comprehensive capability in that area.
    – Royi
    May 13, 2011 at 18:14
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    @Drazick I still don't understand why you just can't use LyX for this. It is free, available on all platforms and has a superb math editor. I use it all the time specifically for this purpose. Just activate the source preview window and you can easily edit your equations in LyX and then Copy&Paste the LaTeX code from the preview window into your LaTeX document. So why do you bother so much that LyX can do more than that? You don't have to use the other stuff!
    – Daniel
    Jan 8, 2013 at 8:17

Not free but Mathtype lets you draw out equations visually and then copy the equation to LaTeX.


Recently I found a web based editor that allows you to write the equation in LaTeX, and provides some examples to create your own equation. Is not a fully visual tool, but does not require an installation, and will give you different options to export the equation.

Also, you should check the symbols and different options, as it has several templates that you can change for making your equations.


A great online editor is available at formulasheet.com. It provides a live preview of the formula that you are creating so gives direct visual feedback. It has buttons to press for symbols and constructs like fractions and matrices so you can create the LaTeX code without knowing all LaTeX commands. It runs out of the browser so can work on Windows machines.

It also has additional options such as font, text color, background color, render resolution, and allows you to copy-paste the formula that you created to MS Word 2007+ using MathML.

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