LaTeXing - Professional Typesetting

An extension for Sublime Text which makes your life
easier and more comfortable while creating your documents.

Quick Build

latexmk is the default tool to build a pdf within LaTeXing but with version 1.1 a novel build system and other options have been introduced. The first one, and probably more easy one, is the ability of creating a custom build order using the existing tools like pdflatex, bibtex, biber etc. Further more it is possible to use user defined script like shell script on OSX and Linux as well as Powershell on Windows.

To adjust the build process you have to adjust the sublime-build and sublime-settings. The basic idea is simple and well structures, if you would like to adjust the build commands itself, for example creating a new shell script just adjust the sublime-build. On the other hand if you just would like to adjust the given commands you meed to change the sublime-settings.

You have two different ways to call alternative build types, the first one is to use the keybinding super+l, suber+b which shows all the available build options and select Build: Quick Build, the other keybinding is super+ctrl+b to open it straight away.

Custom Script

If you need a deep control of the build process, for example if you prefer to commit your entire changes to git prior building your project you can use a custom script. In this example, on OSX, the well knows Makefile is used and need to be placed next to your latex source files. To call it you need to create an shell script now with the following content:

now=$(date +"%T")
git add -A
git commit -m "Auto Commit: $now"


At first the script calculates the time and then just commits all changes to git followed by calling the make command. You can also use the output directory settings if you which to, but you are responsible for handling it. At the end of the build process LaTeXing expects the log and pdf file at the right position inside your output directory. For this example the output directory was disabled.

Now we just need to adjust the sublime-build to enable the call of the created shell script. The sublime-build need to be extended cmd_qb by the first of the following commands:

"makefile": [
 * Use shell script on OSX or Linux
"autogit": [
 * Use batch file on Windows
"autogit_cmd": [
 * Use powershell on Windows
"autogit_ps": [

You can also pass the available parameters like {filebase}, {synctex}, {outdir}, {pdfname}, or {file} to the script if you wish to. Now you can just run a quick build and can see that the makefile command is available. You can see an example how to use batch or powershell files on Windows.

LaTeXing do not detect errors in external scripts, so before reporting a problem be sure you can succesfully call the script from outside of LaTeXing.

However if you have a problem, enable the log mode and you check the *.stderr.log file inside your output directory for any possible error messages.

Custom Build Order

If you would like for example create a custom order with calling a shell script to make an auto commit followed by the original latexmk you have to change your settings like this.

"quick_build": [
    "name": "Default Build: pdflatex",
    "primary": true,
    "cmds": ["pdflatex"]
    "name": "Quick Build: autogit + latexmk",
    "cmds": ["autogit", "latexmk"]

The command autogit needs to be completed like shows above. Now LaTeXing executed the shell script followed by the original latexmk to build the project. In case you want the new command to be default, just change the default settings.

If you need further help, just check the forum, I am sure there are a few examples of how to use this system shortly.