Welcome to the LaTeX Cookbook!

On this web site you can read and download the code for various LaTeX examples. The first examples belong to the LaTeX Cookbook, written and published at Packt Publishing.

LaTeX Cookbook cover

This website is currently in the process of updating for the second edition of the book, published in March 2024.

A full sample chapter of the first edition can be read here.

The complete code can be downloaded from the publisher, for information see the FAQ page, “How can I download code files for eBooks and Videos”.

Open all code at once in a single Overleaf project: LaTeX-Cookbook-Code.zip

The code for the second edition is currently prepared for upload to GitHub.

Currently, just a few examples are in the gallery, but it’s planned to extend it.

New: You can now compile the examples directly on this web site, even with a smart phone. You can even edit the code with your own ideas to change it, and compile it here.

What you can do with this book

  • Choose the right document class for your project to customize its features
  • Utilize fonts globally and locally
  • Frame, shape, arrange, and annotate images
  • Add a bibliography, a glossary, and an index
  • Create colorful graphics including diagrams, flow charts, bar charts, trees, plots in 2d – and 3d, time lines, and mind maps
  • Solve typical tasks for various sciences including math, physics, chemistry, electrotechnics, and computer science
  • Optimize PDF output and enrich it with meta data, annotations, popups, animations, and fill-in fields

About the author

The author Stefan Kottwitz studied mathematics in Jena and Hamburg. He works as network and IT security engineer both for Lufthansa Industry Solutions and for Eurowings Aviation.

For many years, he has been providing LaTeX support on online forums. He maintains the web forums LaTeX.org and goLaTeX.de and the Q&A sites TeXwelt.de and TeXnique.fr. He runs the TeX graphics gallery sites TeXample.net and PGFplots.net, the TeXdoc.org service and CTAN LaTeX software mirrors. He is a moderator of the TeX Stack Exchange site and on matheplanet.com. He publishes ideas and news from the TeX world on his blogs LaTeX.net and TeX.co. He also authored the LaTeX Beginner’s Guide with Packt Publishing, second edition in 2021.

LaTeX Beginner's Guide cover

If you need any help regarding LaTeX, the Cookbook, or this website, you can post your question or query on LaTeX.org where the author reads and answers.

This website is supported by DANTE e.V., the German speaking TeX user group.

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