I have a TeX document which I want to edit and make sure it's rendered correctly. Which means I need an Editor with Preview window.

I searched over the Internet. There's too much info and I can't get it right. I use Windows 7 64 Bit.

I would like to avoid any installation of a program. Is there a Portable Editor which includes all needed libraries in it and allow Preview of the TeX file?

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Have you tried writeLaTeX ? It is a free online LaTeX editor with integrated rapid preview.

It compiles automatically for you as you type, there is no need to install anything, and no need to sign up (unless you choose to to manage your documents).

(I should point out that I'm one of the developers of writeLaTeX - we hope you find it useful, and any feedback is appreciated, thanks)


By 'portable' I assume you mean on a memory stick. There are lots of editors that will work like that, but without a TeX system you are not going to get very far. So perhaps you start by looking at portable MiKTeX, which includes the TeXworks editor. The later includes previewing in PDF mode.

  • If I'm using Portable MiKTeX, Could I use other editors? Which one would you recommend?
    – Royi
    Nov 2, 2010 at 8:26
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    For a portable viewer, you could use portableapps.com/apps/office/sumatra_pdf_portable
    – Joseph Wright
    Nov 2, 2010 at 8:59
  • Quite a lot of editors can be used portably, by the way. I've used WinEdt that way in the past, but I think TeXniccenter can also be used portably. I'd suggest telling us which editor you prefer, and we can make a suggestion.
    – Joseph Wright
    Nov 2, 2010 at 9:19
  • Since those are my first steps in the TeX world I don't have any preference. I'm here to learn from the experienced users. Given I downloaded MiKTeX portable, How do Integrate an Editor to use it? Thank You.
    – Royi
    Nov 2, 2010 at 17:24
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    @HarryMacpherson Yes it would: 64-bit Windows will happily run 32-bit programs, and there's not really any benefit using 64 bits for TeX.
    – Joseph Wright
    Nov 6, 2015 at 22:27

When portable MiKTeX is mentioned, also TeX live and its portable installation, http://www.tug.org/texlive/doc/texlive-en/texlive-en.html#tlportable, should be noted, which also both include the TeXworks editor.


The TexMaker editor "feels" a lot like Kile (but cleaner) and has portable versions available for download at the link provided ;)


I think there are two (Online) solutions should be mentioned:



This is as portable as you get (Assuming Internet connection).

  • One of these just copies the answer above which you said was great (but failed to accept) months ago!
    – cfr
    Dec 4, 2014 at 4:01

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