LaTeX on WSL

1 min readSep 12, 2020


WSL is by no mean your best option for LaTeX but I don’t have my Mac around for the time being, so…

Install LaTeX

sudo apt install texlive

Write something (How to open GUI editors from WSL can be found here)

vim file.tex
notepad++.exe file.tex

Compile .tex file

# generate a .dvi file
latex file.tex
# generate a .pdf file
pdflatex file.tex

If you need some packages that do not come along with the installation, you may install them using apt like

sudo apt install texlive-latex-recommended
# or
sudo apt install texlive-latex-base
# or
sudo apt install texlive-latex-full

More on the differences between these packages can be found here

More on LaTeX can be found here


This nearly bare-bone setup turns out working great. It’s true that you don’t have a GUI with it but perhaps its simplicity can be a life saver for many first time LaTeX users.