TEX File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a TEX file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .TEX files.

What is a TEX file?

Files that contain the .tex file extension are most commonly associated with the LaTeX typesetting software application. The TEX files that are used by this software may contain symbols and text that are used to create mathematical expressions.

The TEX files that are used by the LaTeX program are frequently used for the typesetting of a vairety of different math and science applications, such as physics textbooks and engineering books. The .latex file extension may be used instead of the .tex file extension, but the .tex file suffix is more common than the .latex file suffix.

The .tex file extension is also used by the Idealist software application. These TEX files contain datasheet files that are created by the software.

How to open TEX files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension TEX for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different TEX openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension TEX

While we know of one file format using the .TEX file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .TEX file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of TEX files. Remember, different programs may use TEX files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

MiKTeXMiKTeXUser submitted
CorelDRAWCorelDRAWUser submitted
WinShellWinShellUser submitted
TexmakerTexmakerUser submitted
TeXworks editorTeXworks editorUser submitted
Corel TEXTURECorel TEXTUREUser submitted
WinEdtWinEdtUser submitted
TeXworksTeXworksUser submitted
TeXstudioTeXstudioUser submitted
Scientific WorkplaceScientific WorkplaceUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with TEX-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with TEX-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!