I would like to use Chinese characters in TexMaker on Mac OS X (using latest mactex). It appears not to be supported OOTB, any Chinese characters appears as a series of "▯▯▯▯▯". I do have the chinese input sources on the mac of course, and I tried using different font in texmaker.

I tested on windows and the same version of texmaker is able to type chinese characters.

Any idea how to make it work on Mac?

  • Welcome! Are you asking about typing the characters in the source code? Or are you asking about getting the characters in the typeset output?
    – cfr
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 1:14
  • @cfr I guess the first one...? Anyway, we should have plenty of questions on that. I remember answering one or two.
    – Alenanno
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 1:27
  • @Alenanno I think so. But then what are the Chinese input sources? I'm trying to figure out what makes this a TeX question rather than a OS X question. @ OP Can you input Chinese in TeXShop? I ask because TeXShop, unlike TeXmaker, is Cocoa-based, I believe. (Or was.)
    – cfr
    Commented Feb 2, 2016 at 2:06

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actually I didn't use TexMaker on Mac before. I use TexShop and I thinks it is convenient to use to type in Chinese. If you use TexShop, please set your unicode to UTF-8 in preference.

Here is the code for reference:

\newCJKfontfamily\Kai{魏碑-繁}       % Set main font in your document.
\newCJKfontfamily\ChCal{行楷-繁}     % Set a new font so that you can 
\newCJKfontfamily\ChBlack{蘭亭黑-繁} % change the font in the document. 
\XeTeXlinebreaklocale "zh"          % Following set to break line automatically.
\XeTeXlinebreakskip = 0pt plus 1pt 


If you'd like to change your font, just use


command, for example.

In TexShop, you can use the font directly installed on your Mac. You don't need to download another set of font, like CJK font by Han-tsong Wang.

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