There are three main reasons why something may went wrong:

  1. Your LaTeX code contains invalid commands or syntax errors.
  2. The installed toolchain for the conversion of your code to a valid SVG element is for some reason broken.
  3. TexText contains a bug and you are the person who discovers it!

TexText helps you to resolve such issues by offering detailed error and logging information.

This section is structured as follows:

LaTeX and toolchain errors

If compilation of your LaTeX code fails TexText opens a dialog displaying the cause of the failure. In most cases a syntax error in your code will be the reason. TexText filters the relevant information from the compiler output and displays it:

Simple error dialog

If you would like to see the full output of the LaTeX processor, click on the + left to the stdout label:

Error dialog with stdout

Sometimes nothing meaningful can be stripped from the LaTeX processor output, or nothing has been produced by LaTeX which can be parsed by TexText:

empty error dialog

Most likely something serious failed during compilation and you may find additional information under stderr , click on the + left to this label:

Error dialog with stderr

In that case follow the information given in the window (in the example given here: open the pdflatex.log in the AppData path).


The stderr option is only available when errors have been piped by the failed command.

Bugs in TexText

Of course, TexText may contain bugs which may crash the plugin. If this happens an Inkscape error dialog is opened that will show something like this:

Error dialog after failed execution

Note the advice at the end of the text view: You should run the extension again. Then, a logging mechanism is started which writes its result into the Inkscape error dialog:

Error dialog after failed execution, second run

You can use this information to further analyze the problem or to open an issue on GitHub asking for help:


Please carefully read the instructions in the issue template on GitHub so you pass all the required information to the developer team.

Manual use of the toolchain

For debugging purposes it may be required to manually process the steps usually done automatically by TexText. This procedure is also helpful if the result generated by TexText does not match your expectations at all and you are unsure if this is an error of TexText itself or of the programs used in the toolchain. Here is what you have to do in such cases:

  1. Create a LaTeX document test.tex with the following content:

    % ***Your code***

    Replace % ***Your code*** by the LaTeX code you want to compile and save the file to disk.

  2. Open a Terminal (Linux, MacOS) or Command Window (Windows)

    • On Linux: Open a file manager (e.g. Nautilus, Dolphin), navigate to directory of test.tex. Right click and select Open in Terminal (Nautilus) or simply press F4 (Dolphin).
    • On Windows: Open the explorer, navigate to the directory of test.tex and press SHIFT + F10, then select Open Command Window Here from the context menu.
  3. Compile this file using the command

    pdflatex test.tex -interaction=nonstopmode -halt-on-error


    On Windows it may be required to put the name of the directory in which pdflatex.exe resides in front of pdflatex, e.g. c:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin\x64\.

  4. If compilation succeeds open the generated file test.pdf with a pdf viewer and check its content. If it is as expected proceed with the next step.

  5. Check if the conversion from pdf to svg succeeds:

    • If you use pstoedit + ghostscript enter the command

      pstoedit -f plot-svg test.pdf test.svg -dt -ssp -psarg -r9600x9600 -pta


      On Windows it may be required to put the name of the directory in which pstoedit.exe resides in front of pstoedit, e.g. c:\Program Files\pstoedit\.

    • If you use pdf2svg enter the command

      pdf2svg test.pdf test.svg


      On Windows it may be required to put the name of the directory in which pdf2svg.exe resides in front of pdf2svg, e.g. c:\Program Files\pdf2svg\.

    • Open the generated file test.svg with Inkscape.

  6. Check the generation from svg to png for the preview image succeeds

    • Enter the command

      inkscape -f test.svg --export-png test.png  --export-id content --export-id-only --export-dpi=200


      On Windows it may be required to put the name of the directory in which inkscape.exe resides in front of inkscape, e.g. c:\Program Files\Inkscape\.