I've been searching how to install Kile in Windows. I've seen many options but none of them works. Any ideas or suggestions? I use Linux and is easy to install and use Kile, but I need it for my job and there are only Windows Os.

  • From KDE site about Windows and Mac OS X install: KDE software on these Operating Systems is in experimental state. Things might, or might not work properly at this point. An installer for KDE applications on Windows is available on windows.kde.org. Other options: A) Install Linux in a HD partition (ok, not in your case). B) Install Linux in a virtual machine, a pendrive or DVD . C) Use another LaTeX editor.
    – Fran
    Jan 16, 2017 at 8:54
  • An excellent video youtube.com/watch?v=g6ez7sbaiWc Go there ... :) Jan 16, 2017 at 11:35
  • Workaround: You could ask your admin to install a real Linux system in a virtual machine like VirtualBox on your windows system. Your system still runs windows, and you have a Linux for maximum productivity in a window like an application. You can open files in a shared folder from both systems and install Kile and all other TeX tools you miss on windows. Jan 16, 2018 at 10:23

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You can use KDE on Windows, as stated in the comment by Fran. It works nicely once you setup the paths correctly (I'm using it on Windows 8.1 and 10). Obviously you need a separate TeX distribution like MikTeX or TeXlive.

EDIT: nowadays you should build it from source by using craft.

  • One has to keep on mind, that this is more complicate to maintain than a virtual machine with a real Linux. Likely the admin at work will not be very excited to support KDE on Windows at single user desktops. Jan 16, 2018 at 10:26

As of Kile 3.0 (beta), now you can either download the .exe file from the Kile Downloads Page or install Kile from the Microsoft Store

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I've prepared an installer for a recent version of Kile. You can obtain it there, amongst some other KDE applications.

  • Please elaborate on the procedure of installation.
    – TeXnician
    May 2, 2017 at 8:38
  • Run an .exe, that's all. Well, you'd also need a TeX distribution, of course. I used MikTeX and it worked for me flawlessly. Kile has a "System Check" option, which can let you make sure everything is set up correctly.
    – arrowd
    May 2, 2017 at 8:42

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