LaTeX in Gitpod
First, you will probably want to install LaTeX in Gitpod. To do this, add a new file to your repository called .gitpod.Dockerfile, and add the following content to it:
FROM gitpod/workspace-full # Install LaTeX RUN sudo apt-get -q update && sudo apt-get install -yq texlive && sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*
Next, create a file called .gitpod.yml and add the following to it:
image: file: .gitpod.Dockerfile
Now commit both files into source control, and push them to your GitHub or GitLab repository.
This will be your base configuration for LaTeX in Gitpod — from now on, every time you create a new Gitpod workspace for your repository, it will be configured as specified in your
Automatically compiling LaTeX files on save
One way to achieve this is to install
inotify-tools by modifying your earlier
.gitpod.Dockerfile like so:
FROM gitpod/workspace-full # Install LaTeX RUN sudo apt-get -q update && sudo apt-get install -yq texlive-full inotify-tools && sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*
Next, modify your
.gitpod.yml like so:
image: file: .gitpod.Dockerfile tasks: - name: LaTeX auto-rebuild command: > while find . -name '*.tex' | xargs inotifywait -qqre modify .; do latexmk -pdf ; done - name: Terminal
This will start a watcher process that automatically recompiles your
*.tex files when they are changed. Note: The watcher process will start in a separate Terminal on every workspace start.
This extension provides rich editing support for the LaTeX typesetting system powered by the TexLab language server.
To install it in Gitpod, simply download the corresponding
*.vsix file Open VSX, and then drag-and-drop it into Gitpod’s Extensions view (which can be found in the left vertical menu bar).
This will automatically append something like this to your
vscode: extensions: - email@example.com:/Vq+k9Ug/81LYWajjTgMpA==
(Note: You can also append these lines yourself if you don’t want to download & re-upload the
Another great LaTeX extension is LaTeX Workshop:
Boost LaTeX typesetting efficiency with preview, compile, autocomplete, colorize, and more.
It is also available on Open VSX.
There is also LaTeX Snippets:
This extension includes a variety of snippets for LaTeX including making environments and plotting images for functions, etc.
To see a complete minimal example repository with a Gitpod configuration for LaTeX, including most of the tools we’ve covered, see ptrottier/latex. You can try it in your browser: