I'm the maintainer of a document class for PhD thesis in my old CS department, which I distribute with a template document you can start off from:


Someone has recently suggested to me that, for better accessibility to graduate students, I should consider publishing this template "in Overleaf format".

Now, I know overleaf.com is a website used for editing LaTeX documents online; and that it has a gallery of templates. But I haven't found a specification of a "template format" for Overleaf.

So, how do you bring a document (specifically, a template document around a class, with a bunch of files) into "Overleaf template format"?

  • 2
    Have you asked the support of overleaf?
    – Mensch
    Sep 23 '17 at 19:28

There is no "template format". The instructions on https://www.overleaf.com/latex/templates (bottom of page) say

Upload or create templates for journals you submit to and theses and presentation templates for your institution. Just create it as a project on Overleaf and use the publish menu. It's free! No sign-up required.

So just make a new project, upload the sample document and the necessary files (.cls file etc.), press the Share-button on the top, and then use the "publish" link:

overleaf publish

  • Oh, so you mean you never distribute "overleaf templates" and they only exist on their website?
    – einpoklum
    Sep 23 '17 at 20:16
  • @einpoklum Yes (I think. If I understand you correctly). As I understand it, an "Overleaf template" is nothing special, it's just a sample document uploaded to Overleaf and made available in their gallery as described above. Sep 23 '17 at 20:23
  • Overleaf tempalte is the wrong term. LaTeX tempalte available on Overleaf would be better.
    – Johannes_B
    Sep 24 '17 at 6:28

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