I'm using LateXing with Sublime Text 2 for my TeX needs. In the LateXing documentation it says I can choose xelatex as the TeX engine by using the following line at the start of my TeX file:

% -*- program: xelatex -*-

However, it does not work. When I build my pdf using Ctrl-B it still uses pdflatex. Any ideas what the problem might be?

  • The engine is xetex (like pdftex or luatex)... Sep 25, 2015 at 15:21
  • Maybe I should have been clearer. I know xetex is the engine but the LateXing documentation specifies the use of xelatex but it doesn't seem to work.
    – K G
    Sep 25, 2015 at 17:20
  • xelatex is a format and its engine is xetex... Sep 26, 2015 at 6:46
  • Did you try %!TEX program = xelatex as first line of your document (cf. github.com/SublimeText/LaTeXTools/blob/master/README.markdown)? Sep 26, 2015 at 6:50
  • I am using LaTeXing not LaTeXTools. That macro does not work in LaTeXing.
    – K G
    Sep 26, 2015 at 10:37

1 Answer 1


I have to use Cntl+Super+B (perhaps Cntl+Windows+B on PC/Linux?). This brings up a list of possible build systems. I select the Single Quick Build xelatex one, and it works. After building once, from then on I can just do "Super-B" (probably Cntl-B on Windows/Linux).

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