LyX 2.1.2

The world's first WYSIWYM document processor release for a GNU/Linux operating system
LyX is an open source and free software project that has been designed from the ground up to act as a document processor, encouraging users to write their documents based on structure instead of appearance. It is a WYSIWYM (What You See Is What You Mean) editor that combines the flexibility and power of the LaTeX document markup language and TeX typesetting system.

Features at a glance

Key features include a mathematical formula editor, equation arrays, support of math macros, basic CAS (Computer Algebra System) support, equation numbering, support for custom matrices, algorithms and math macros, theorems, standard word processing functionality, numbered section headings, support for captions, subtables and subfigures, interactive WYSIWYG tables, character styles, as well as dedicated modules.

Additionally, LyX features support for a wide range of graphic formats, including Dia, SVG, EPS and XFig, support for wrapped tables and figures, support for intelligently floating tables and figures, image scaling, rotation and cropping, support for Right-to-Left languages like Arabic and Hebrew, SGML-tools support, FAX functionality, and text completion support.

Create world-class mathematical content, books and theses

The application can be used to easily and effortlessly create world-class mathematical content thanks to its built-in equation editor, as well as structured documents, such as theses, books and academic articles. Additionally, LyX comes with a wide range of templates that allows you to create ToCs (Table of Contents) and reference lists, letters, film scripts, theatre plays, and novels.

Under the hood and supported operating systems

A quick look under the hood will show us that the application is written entirely in the C++ programming language and uses the Qt GUI toolkit for its graphical user interface. At the moment, LyX is a cross-platform software that supports any distribution of Linux, as well as the Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. For your convenience, the program is translated in various languages.

Reviewed by on September 24th, 2014

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last updated on:
September 24th, 2014, 9:01 GMT
developed by:
LyX Team
license type:
GPL (GNU General Public License) 
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LyX - The main window, where users can edit word documents
What's New in version 2.1.1
  • LyX 2.1.1 is the result of on-going efforts to make our stable version even more reliable and stable. We have fixed a number of bugs and made a number of improvements. These are detailed below. We strongly encourage all LyX users to upgrade to this version.
  • Several users have reported seemingly random crashes with 2.1.0, sometimes resulting in dataloss. These crashes appear to happen when the user attempts to save a file, and the dataloss occurs because the original LyX file is over- written by a corrupt file that then cannot be opened. The seemingly random crashes, we believe, are due to auto-save, which is enabled or disabled in Tools> Preferences> Document Handling > Backup documents every...minutes.
  • Unfortunately, we have been unable to find the cause of this bug, though all known reports seem to involve documents that contain tables, and the corrupt file always ends with: \begin_inset Tabular.
  • To prevent dataloss, we have changed the way LyX saves files if the user has not enabled backups. LyX now renames the existing file before attempting to save the new one (in effect, making a temporary backup). Then, if the save fails, the original file can be restored.
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LyX is an advanced, open source and free document processor software that runs on many UNIX platforms, OS/2, as well a...

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