I'm using TeXShop on Mac. I will need to co-operate with a Windows user. What LaTeX distribution or package shall he install to

  • be able compile my TeXShop LaTeX files without the need to install LaTeX extensions, and
  • have an integrated editor - LaTeX build environment?
  • Yes, many thanks, TeXWorks will be the solution! I'll upvote your answers when I reach sufficient reputation.
    – winerd
    Sep 28, 2012 at 8:33
  • Glad I could help. Next time just post the question at TeX.SE. I think you'll find the group there extremely helpful -- I certainly have. Sep 28, 2012 at 8:43
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    – Stephen
    Oct 6, 2012 at 8:48
  • I'm facing the same problem now. Unfortunately, TeXworks doesn't have a native OS X user interface… I have yet to have found any good cross-platform alternatives though…
    – jocap
    Aug 22, 2013 at 10:30

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TeXShop does not run on Windows. So if you want to use the same editor on both machines you could use TeXworks which runs on both Mac and PC.

I too for the sake of compatibility stuck with TeXworks on both platforms when I started my ventures into LaTeX, but since then have moved to TeXShop on my mac. The initial move was due to the built in spell checker.

A very comprehensive list of editors/IDE's can be found at:


I have switched from windows to mac and now I have experience with both environments. Theoretically LaTeX should be platform free and it you have all packets installed you should be trouble free.

On windows I used to have Miktex distribution with TexnicCenter as software. On Mac I have MacTex distribution which is TexLive. Texlive is available for Windows as well therefore I would recommend it in order to have similar distribution on both computers. Another software that could be installed on both platforms is TexMaker.

On windows (and Mac also using wine) I would recommend editing on Notepad++. It does miracles with functions as: Find/replace in all open files, find using regulated expressions, highlighted syntax.

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    Disagreeing with the "complaint" in the first paragraph: Many people make LaTeX editors that are in no way supported by the LaTeX team nor related with a TeX distributions, and many of them are not cross-platform, but this is not in any way a fault of LaTeX. LaTeX have nothing to do with how is edited even if some distributions include a editor as TeXworks for your convenience (that by the way, is cross-platform, and free). Beside, Notepad ++ also work with wine in Linux (but if there is something in excess for this OS, they are the text editors of any flavor and color).
    – Fran
    Nov 4, 2018 at 9:02

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