.TEX File

.tex is LaTeX Source Document

Key Features: .TEX File Extension

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File Extension .tex
Format Text
Created by Donald Knuth
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  1. How to open:
  2. How to convert:

What is an .TEX file?

The tex file extension is most notably associated and used for TeX/LaTeX text document files.

LaTeX is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting. The tex file is a plain text that contains markup conventions, which define document structure.

It is most often used for medium-to-large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing (computer science, electrical engineering, economics, statistics, etc.)

MIME types used for tex files:

Files with tex file extension can be mainly found as special documents prepared using the TeX/LaTeX document preparation software.

How to open:

Use any LaTeX editor to open and work with *.tex documents.

How to convert:

TEX documents can be for example exported to PDF or PostScript. This can be usually done with some dedicated export function or via a virtual printer driver.
LaTeX Source Document - File openers


  1. File Viewer Plus
  2. TeXworks
  3. BaKoMa TeX
  4. TeXnicCenter
  5. Texmaker
  6. LaTeX Editor
  7. proTeXt
  8. gVim


  1. LyX/Mac
  2. TeXworks
  3. Texmaker
  4. TeXShop
  5. Skim
  6. MacVim


  1. TeXworks
  2. Texmaker

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