I used VerbTeX app in my Android phone. But this app does not support XeLaTeX and requires an internet connection to be used.
Is there any distribution of TeX for Android?
How I can install TeX on my Android phone?
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Just have a look here: TexPortal. This is an App for Android which runs fine on my Nexus 7 without the need for rooting my device (this was important for me). If you download all the packages you don't need an internet connection to compile the documents. Most of the time I use it just for short letters, but for testing I compiled my diploma and my master thesis with this App without any trouble.
I am the author of TeXLive for Android.
I have provided an
.apk file for Android, but I have not added
XeTeX to my app, due to the large size of the xetex binary.
You can get
XeTeX from here: http://texlive-for-android.googlecode.com/files/tl4a-2013-06-18.tar.xz.
I am now testing my GUI of tlmgr, which is written completely in Java.
The next version of my App will add
Vim 7.4 in 2014.
A TeX editor for my App is now under development.
There is work to implement TeXLive 2012 for Android. The development site provides information on progress as well as access to downloads. The code is still experimental but might be worth a try. Otherwise the existing solutons are similar to VerbTeX and may involve web-based LaTeX processing.
Just providing a little more detailed howto for this... I just installed texlive 2013 on my Asus TF201 and I am now able to generate PDF using
bibtex, etc. on my tablet :)
In a few steps:
It's also possible to install texlive through the Linux terminal emulator app Termux. The app is available for Android 5.0 and newer on both Google Play and F-Droid.
Writing .tex files and compiling them works just as on a normal linux distribution, editors such as vim and emacs are available.
It's open source as well, check out the github repos.
The geek solution is to install Jack Palevich's Android terminal emulator and then Kevin Boone's Kbox2, then you can install a
LaTeX distribution, I personally made my own by extracting only essential packages from
TeXLive archives on
ctan.org and picking the
pdftex binary that comes with texportal. I don't know if
TeXLive for android is based on the same trick. It works great for me but only in urgency case because I have no computer at home, only a cheap tablet (mpman mp888)... and of course no root needed to all this. Maybe vim can make the workflow better than editing with droidedit and switch to the terminal to compile (it is what i'm doing)
I spent some time figuring this out...
VerbTeX Profor editing latex documents, which gives a nice android-friendly UI.
tightvncserveras a UI which can be viewed in
VNC readerfor automatic compilation and preview. Briefly, I installed
texlive-fullin here and I'm using
latexmkto automatically recompile my pdf when I save changes in
VertTeX Pro. The resulting pdf will be automatically updated if your previewing it in
The end result is that every time I press save in
VerbTeX Pro, I can just
Alt Tab to
VNCViewer which will already be showing a preview of the latest changes I made.
I'm not sure how nice this is on a phone, but on a tablet with keyboard, its quite convenient.
The guide on how to do this is a bit long for an answer here... so you can check my blog here if you want all the details on how to set this up.
With some options in
latexmk, I'm sure you can compile with XeLaTeX.