TexPortable

What is it?

TexPortable is a convenient collection of free software in one portable package for typing LaTeX documents right from scratch. It is made for Windows operating systems. All components (MiKTeX, Texmaker and SumatraPDF) are portable versions, so you don't need to install anything.

And you don't need to bother about settings and configuration for DDE commands, inverse search or commandline arguments. TexPortable is already configured to support the features of the editor and the viewer. Just download the package file, extract it and start right away.

Where can I get it?

Right here. The compressed self-extracting file is about more or less 200 MiB. You need to extract the file in order to use it. Just open the file and select a folder. The extracted files will probably take about 600 MiB of space. Please have this in mind if you are going to use it on a USB flash-drive. I recommend using it with HDD or even better SSD drives, because of the clearly faster performance while compiling LaTeX documents.

If you want to make this by yourself or would like to know more details about the setup, here is a manual (plus the source code and some more information).

 

Ingredients

TeX distribution:
LaTeX editor:
PDF viewer:
Launcher:

MiKTeX 2.9.5105
Texmaker 4.3
SumatraPDF 2.5.2
TexPortable 1.2

Version History

Template file for LaTeX:
Documents/Template/Template.tex
(edit this one as you wish)

 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, feedback, or maybe suggestions for improvements.

Links

Looking for alternatives or in search of other LaTeX stuff? Here you go:

  • TeX Live is (similar to MiKTeX) another well-known TeX distribution, but on the plus side a cross-platform one.
  • TeXnicCenter, another popular LaTeX Editor for Windows. Needs to be installed, but there may be an inofficial workaround to make it portable.

Acknowledgements

Lots of thanks to the following people:

  • Donald E. Knuth & Leslie Lamport (for TeX & LaTeX, for creating and sharing one of the best typesetting systems)
  • Christian Schenk (for MiKTeX, an easy way to get a TeX distribution)
  • Pascal Brachet (for Texmaker, a highly customizable and portable editor)
  • Krzysztof Kowalczyk (for SumatraPDF, the foobar2000 of PDF viewers)
  • the developers of AutoHotkey (without it, Windows wouldn't stand a chance against Linux in terms of customization)
  • and all the other contributors of great opensource software worldwide