What are the best LaTeX editor for Mac?

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      TeXlipse plugin for Eclipse IDE
      TeXlipse brings the best of LaTeX text editing to your Eclipse IDE program. It offers a great WYSIWYM text editor for your programming needs while on Eclipse.
      Software

      Windows, Mac

      Free

      JS
      Jordan Schneider
      Written on July 4, 2018
      "Very helpful addition to my Mac. With this, you won't be needing other editors. The layout of the landing page is a bit complicated to look at but the actual product is..."
      JS
      Jordan Schneider
      Written on July 4, 2018
      "Very helpful addition to my Mac. With this, you won't be needing other editors. The layout of the landing page is a bit complicated to look at but the actual product is great"
      LV
      Luis Venegas
      Written on February 17, 2017
      "LaTex can be a real pain to use if you're not up on all the commands, but in some environments it is a necessity, so you need some sort of help. If you're already using Eclipse for development, the the TeXlipse plugin is really the way to go. You don't need to switch out to a different environment, and so your workflow keeps chugging along. TeXlipse is easy to use. You need to have a very basic grasp of what LaTex is and what you're trying to do with it, and how you want you document to look and function. But you don't need to know too much, and you can figure out stuff as you go, since the TeXlipse interface makes it easy to do that. Definitely a winner for Eclipse users."
      SM
      Sarah Mills
      Written on May 26, 2017
      "This website looks very unprofessional and there is not a lot of detail to it. It doesn't give any explanation what it is and the updates it shows are quite a few years difference. It does not seem like a reliable page."
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      Bryan Butler
      Written on May 8, 2017
      "The TeXlipse plugin is a effective way of adding LaTeX typesetting support for the Eclipse. If ever I were in the need to use LaTeX in an Eclipse project, the TeXlipse plugin easily accomplishes this for me."
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      Wayne Bishop
      Written on September 8, 2017
      "TeXlipse plugin for Eclipse IDE gave me some of the best text editing tools at my disposal I could ever want. I have never found a need to purchase any other editors and the TeXlipse plugin is amazing."
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      TextMate

      TextMate is a Mac-based text editor that is free to download for users who are using computers with a Mac operating system. It features support for Xcode and FTP aside from support for more than 50 programming languages.

      Software

      Mac

      Free

      MR
      Michael Ray
      Written on July 4, 2018
      "TextMate is really user-friendly. It is quite simple to use when editing Latex. You can also combine Unix and Gui with it. Great job!"
      MR
      Michael Ray
      Written on July 4, 2018
      "TextMate is really user-friendly. It is quite simple to use when editing Latex. You can also combine Unix and Gui with it. Great job!"
      TG
      Tony Gao
      Written on March 24, 2017
      "I am a computer programmer that uses many different text editors for code and I have to say i'm quite partial to this program. It's expensive, but it's best text editor for mac. The TODO and HTML bundle saves me so much time when i'm programming, I can't see myself using anything else outside of beta testing."
      DD
      Daniel Diaz
      Written on April 15, 2017
      "I would recommend TextMate if you want something simple and reliable for editing LaTeX. It is available for OS X and can do anything you need it to do. There is a clear and functional online manual available that can help with software functions, and even video tutorials for use."
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      Larry Edwards
      Written on May 9, 2017
      "TextMate takes the brilliant ideas of Apple and applies them to text editors. TextMate brings the best of both worlds of UNIX and GUI to form a fully functional text editor."
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      TeXShop
      TeXShop is a TeX previewer for Mac OS X, written in Cocoa. Since pdf is a native file format on OS X, TeXShop uses "pdftex" and "pdflatex" rather than "tex" and "latex" to typeset in its default configuration; these programs in the standard TeX Live distribution of TeX produce pdf output instead of dvi output.
      Software

      Mac

      Free

      NC
      Nicolás Carrasco
      Written on May 6, 2017
      "I had just recently gotten a Mac computer and I needed to get a LaTeX editing program. A friend recommended to me to try out TeXShop and it works just like I need it to be."
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      Nicolás Carrasco
      Written on May 6, 2017
      "I had just recently gotten a Mac computer and I needed to get a LaTeX editing program. A friend recommended to me to try out TeXShop and it works just like I need it to be."
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      Lawrence Ellis
      Written on January 31, 2017
      "I think overall the content is good. I think I could follow the directions if needed. The layout is a bit plain, but I guess most sites of the like are."
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      Abel Salas
      Written on January 3, 2017
      "I am so pleased to find TeXShop which greatly helped my typesetting needs in my Mac. I was able to easily understand it and it solved my problems!"

    DID YOU KNOW?

    LaTeX is the abbreviated form of Lamport TeX, named after Leslie Lamport, the original developer of the program. It is based on TeX, the typesetting system developed by Donald Knuth. In both cases, ‘TeX’ is pronounced in the same way as the word “tech.’ Despite the identical spelling, LaTeX is not pronounced in the same way as latex, the synthetic rubber material. This is because Knuth derived ‘TeX’ from the Greek word τέχνη, which means skill, art, or technique. 

    The first three letters of the Greek word were used: tau, epsilon, and chi. The difference between the two is that LaTex uses macros, while TeX does not. LaTeX is widely used in the fields of mathematics, physics, statistics, engineering, economics, and computer science, where it is used to typeset complex mathematical formulae. Nowadays, LaTeX is the most widely used method for using TeX. It uses a system called markup tagging to format text. Compared to WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors like Microsoft Word, where the content is always shown in the program as how the final printed copy will look like, LaTeX uses plain text and markup tags. The markup tags are commands for text formatting, and the formatted text can only be viewed through a previewer program. 

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      TeXnicle
      TeXnicle is a LaTeX editor and project organiser for Mac OS X with a feature-rich interface to help you manage your LaTeX projects.
      Software

      Mac

      Free

      EM
      Emma Mason
      Written on July 4, 2018
      "the information they give regarding possible problems and solutions are very helpful. Also, I like the fact that they are responsive to queries. I use this often to..."
      EM
      Emma Mason
      Written on July 4, 2018
      "the information they give regarding possible problems and solutions are very helpful. Also, I like the fact that they are responsive to queries. I use this often to manage my activities"
      MG
      Martha Gutierrez
      Written on May 18, 2017
      "Texnicle has a learning curve, but once you get it, its very helpful. Its almost like a tutorial to help you get the hang of it. I use it all the time now to keep track of my projects and manage my projects. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an editor"
      RC
      Raymond Carlson
      Written on March 8, 2017
      "I'd be sure to look into this site for any concerns or problems you could have now or in the future. There are reading materials that can be found via their home page or you can send an e-mail requesting help through their Support page."
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      Wang Ren
      Written on March 19, 2017
      "TeXnicle should be your go to application for LaTex programs. I use it all the time on my macbook and have not had an issue yet."
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      Archimedes
      Archimedes is a LaTeX and Markdown editor built from the ground up for the Mac and designed to make mathematical writing fun and easy.
      Software

      Mac

      Free

      LD
      Lawrence Diaz
      Written on April 30, 2017
      "Writing math formulas in the computer is not easy, but I found that using LaTeX solved my problem. It has macros and auto-complete, live preview that let me know right away..."
      LD
      Lawrence Diaz
      Written on April 30, 2017
      "Writing math formulas in the computer is not easy, but I found that using LaTeX solved my problem. It has macros and auto-complete, live preview that let me know right away how it will look like, but definitely my favorite thing is the Magic Type: I can use my trackpad to draw the symbols I need. Easier now to write math expression for all my tests."
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      Phillip Hughes
      Written on April 24, 2017
      "Archimedes is a great tool for editing LaTex on my Mac. It offers a lot of convenient shortcuts, a clean and easy to use program, and helpful tools to make your editing a breeze. Plus you can preview documents, which is extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great LaTex tool for Mac."
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      Steven Gibson
      Written on May 5, 2017
      "If you are looking for a LaTex editor for Mac, stop looking! You have found it with Archimedes. The features and ease of use make Archimedes a game changer. I have never found another software that can compete. Just the keyboard shortcuts alone save me hours of my time."
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      VimLatex
      Vim is undoubtedly one of the best editors ever made. LaTeX is an extremely powerful, intelligent typesetter. Vim-LaTeX aims at bringing together the best of both these worlds.
      Software

      Mac

      Free

      WH
      Wayne Hunt
      Written on April 21, 2017
      "Looks like I have to download and extract the program. Should not be to hard as that is a simple concept. There is an off chance I might have to put in some Linux code to do..."
      WH
      Wayne Hunt
      Written on April 21, 2017
      "Looks like I have to download and extract the program. Should not be to hard as that is a simple concept. There is an off chance I might have to put in some Linux code to do some things."
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      Tang Zhou
      Written on May 16, 2017
      "What a great editor for Mac, its free and open source, a must!"
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      Wayne McDonald
      Written on September 8, 2017
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      Devansh Gupta
      Written on September 8, 2017
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      Sharelatex
      Sharelatex is an online collaborative LaTeX editor in your browser. Write LaTeX with others and see the changes in real time.
      Software

      Mac

      Free

      YX
      Yang Xu
      Written on May 8, 2017
      "This is great for collaborating with a group, or if you just need some fresh eyes on a project. The site is user friendly, no crazy installs. Everything is right there and..."
      YX
      Yang Xu
      Written on May 8, 2017
      "This is great for collaborating with a group, or if you just need some fresh eyes on a project. The site is user friendly, no crazy installs. Everything is right there and ready to go."
      SB
      Stephen Bailey
      Written on February 28, 2017
      "Sharelatex is a very useful program that allows you to use Templates easily. If you are writing a thesis, article, journal, etc, then this program will help you out tremendously."
      CA
      Carlos Alberto Duarte
      Written on January 30, 2017
      "I like this website because its an easy way to learn how to use a LaTeX editor. I't has every step to learn how to use the editor."
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      TeXstudio
      TeXstudio is an integrated writing environment for creating LaTeX documents. Our goal is to make writing LaTeX as easy and comfortable as possible.
      Software

      Windows

      Free

      PF
      Phillip Ferguson
      Written on September 8, 2017
      "For those who use LaTex documents, TeXstudio is a must in your daily work with LaTex in order to work more efficiently. For those who are just starting with LaTex, TeXstudio..."
      PF
      Phillip Ferguson
      Written on September 8, 2017
      "For those who use LaTex documents, TeXstudio is a must in your daily work with LaTex in order to work more efficiently. For those who are just starting with LaTex, TeXstudio can be your beginner's guide to the LaTex world which is somewhat vast and complicated."
      RK
      Robert Keller
      Written on January 7, 2017
      "This is a high quality editor. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to use. There are many extras with this product and I have only begun to discover everything that I can do with it."
      BR
      Brian Romero
      Written on March 30, 2017
      "Texstudio seems to be a simple LaTeX editor for OSX. If you are looking for one this would be a decent option."
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      TeXworks
      TeXworks is a multi-platform, open-source LaTeX editor.
      Software

      Windows

      Free

      SR
      Steven Robinson
      Written on September 8, 2017
      "TeXworks is a simple front-end program for TeX that can be used for all the main operating systems in use today, including Mac OS X. It is well-suited for Mac becuase it was..."
      SR
      Steven Robinson
      Written on September 8, 2017
      "TeXworks is a simple front-end program for TeX that can be used for all the main operating systems in use today, including Mac OS X. It is well-suited for Mac becuase it was modeled after TeXShop for Mac OS X. There are a lot of good features for the latest release and plans for updates and other features in the future."
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      Bobby Davis
      Written on April 27, 2017
      "Finding a working LaTeX editor for Mac is no easy feat. TeXworks places everything you need at your finger tips. The instructional manual makes it user friendly and removes the headache from the situation."
      BG
      Bruce Gonzales
      Written on May 11, 2017
      "I use several different system and I have found that TeXworks is a good solution. It works on anything."

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    Summary

    Best LaTeX editor for Mac
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 TeXlipse plugin for Eclipse IDE Software 24 Free
    2 TextMate Software 16 Free
    3 TeXShop Software 14 Free
    4 TeXnicle Software 11 Free
    5 Archimedes Software 9 Free
    6 VimLatex Software 8 Free
    7 Sharelatex Software 7 Free
    8 TeXstudio Software 5 Free
    9 TeXworks Software 1 Free
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