Is there any visual LaTeX-table editor for linux? I want something where I can load existing LaTeX-tables, modify them and save it in LaTeX.

  • 2
    Have tried LyX?
    – vaettchen
    Jan 29, 2012 at 11:04
  • 3
    Org-mode in Emacs is really a great way of doing this, easy export, edit, etc. For table editing see: Org mode table
    – nickpapior
    Jan 29, 2012 at 11:32
  • @zeroth Thanks after your comment I tried Org-mode to edit LaTeX tables. Now I have some more questions on this, do you think, that tex.stackexchange ist a good place to do so, or which stackexchange site seems to be most appropriate to you?
    – student
    Jan 30, 2012 at 14:25
  • @student I do not think that there are any SE sites that will fulfil that, however the org-mode mailing list is highly active, and they will very fast give you an answer! Actually I have often craved for org-mode to be situated on SE. It is truly a magnificent package.
    – nickpapior
    Jan 30, 2012 at 15:03

2 Answers 2


The first three are probably your best bet for existing latex tables. Using emacs table editing mode is probably the best choice going forward if you are familiar with emacs...

  • Lyx 1
  • Kile 2
  • Texmacs 3
  • Emacs Table Editing Mode -> Org-export or Pandoc -> Latex 4
  • Thanks. Could you give some more details on option 4? How to use Org-export, howto Pandoc in this case? Is it possible to convert the table in place (i.e. without working with a temporary file, just replace the latex table by an easy editable emacs table and back)?
    – student
    Jan 30, 2012 at 14:06
  • emacsworld.blogspot.com/2008/07/… This takes out the org-export/pandoc middle step...
    – dfc
    Feb 5, 2012 at 23:35

I am not sure about the editor but the following trick works. Use something like sed to surgically cut existing LaTeX table out of your document and pipe it into the temporary file. Then you can use Siag to open your table as a comma-separated values file (CSV) specifying & as a field separator. You can edit then your table. You can save it in the same format and upload into the document using sed. It is probably interesting for you to know that Siag can export a valid LaTeX table code for an already existing CSV or even some other formats.

  • Hm. That looks promising. Do you think it is possible to connect this to emacs. I.e. if you are on a tabular environment, run a emacs command, which pipes the table through sed to Siag and also the other way around from Siag directly to my emacs-buffer?
    – student
    Jan 29, 2012 at 15:36
  • Well, this tricks is actually not necessary for LaTeX. pgfplotstable, datatools and some other LaTeX packages supports csv and similar input formats.
    – Leo Liu
    Jan 29, 2012 at 16:23
  • @student I have never tried as I am vi guy but both Siag and Emacs are written in Lisp so that should not be very hard to do with minimal knowledge of Lisp. Jan 29, 2012 at 17:04

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