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Simple LaTeX parser providing latex-to-unicode and unicode-to-latex conversion

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Simple LaTeX parser providing latex-to-unicode and unicode-to-latex conversion

Unicode Text to LaTeX code

The pylatexenc.latexencode module provides a function unicode_to_latex() which converts a unicode string into LaTeX text and escape sequences. It should recognize accented characters and most math symbols. A couple of switches allow you to alter how this function behaves.

You can also run latexencode in command-line to convert plain unicode text (from the standard input or from files given on the command line) into LaTeX code, written on to the standard output.

A third party plug-in for Vim vim-latexencode by @Konfekt provides a corresponding command to operate on a given range.

Parsing LaTeX code & converting to plain text (unicode)

The pylatexenc.latexwalker module provides a series of routines that parse the LaTeX structure of given LaTeX code and returns a logical structure of objects, which can then be used to produce output in another format such as plain text. This is not a replacement for a full (La)TeX engine, rather, this module provides a way to parse a chunk of LaTeX code as mark-up code.

The pylatexenc.latex2text module builds up on top of pylatexenc.latexwalker and provides functions to convert given LaTeX code to plain text with unicode characters.

You can also run latex2text in command-line to convert LaTeX input (either from the standard input, or from files given on the command line) into plain text written on the standard output.


Full documentation is available at


See LICENSE.txt (MIT License).

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