Is there a simple way of integrating glossaries package with Texmaker on Windows?

I was following a very nice tutorial to understand how glossaries package works, but got stuck when trying to make it actually generate an index as I don't know where and how to add the makeglossaries command in TexMaker to make it run together with pdflatex.

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The makeglossaries program is quite easy to use: if your main LaTeX file is called file.tex, then all that's needed is to run

makeglossaries file

To add a suitable action in Texmaker, just go to the

User > User commands > Edit User Commands

menu entry and, in the window that appears, add


in the upper box (it's just the name which will be shown in the "User>User Commands" drop down menu) and

makeglossaries %

in the lower box. Then, in order to run makeglossaries on the current file, just choose the new menu item (or use the keyboard shortcut shown next to the menu entry). The % stands for the current file name (without extension), as explained in the window.

It's probably possible to define an action that concatenates executions of pdflatex, makeglossaries and pdflatex again, but I think it's not necessary to have glossaries synchronized at each compilation during document preparation. Just be confident that they will be when makeglossaries is run and pdflatex is run again.

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    Great, thanks a lot! BTW, is there a way to make TexMaker run all bibtex, makeglossaries and pdflatex with just one command this way?
    – mmm
    Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 9:33
  • @mmm As I said, there's rarely the need that glossaries, index and bibliography are always synchronized. We are sure that they will be at the end. Running each time all auxiliary programs is usually a waste of time.
    – egreg
    Commented Jun 25, 2012 at 9:36
  • You may be right in most cases, but as I'm working to structure my thesis and work very intensively to get my indexes right, it's really rather a time saver in my case. So I added an user action: pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex | makeglossaries % | pdflatex -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex which does what I wanted.
    – mmm
    Commented Jun 27, 2012 at 12:30
  • you saved my life! Commented Jan 30, 2015 at 17:17
  • After (User > User commands > Edit User Commands) and entering in the variations of makeindex without and with the % in the upper and lower boxes respectively one should be able to just be able to select that command 'makeglossaries' (which appears as a shortcut in the same dropdown in which one can choose 'QuickBuild', 'PDFLatex' etc.), after running the makeglossaries one should get a glossary? I have tried running it several times, cleaning etc. then running Quickbuild as well as ViewPDF, on the example first found here: sharelatex.com/learn/Glossaries is glossaryless..
    – Relative0
    Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 1:02

To complement egreg's answer. A very simple way to integrate glossaries in Texmaker (windows) is to add automake in the usepackage{glossaries} option like this


This automatically makes the glossaries.

Credits to Niclola Talbot. Nic pointed out that this feature was "(Introduced in glossaries version 4.08.) This will try to get TeX to run the external applications ...."

For more, see Nic

  • This helped big time for me. Thanks a lot!
    – Wallflower
    Commented May 5, 2021 at 12:18

Try have a look here:

There is wiki entrance here.



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