.TEX File Extension

There are 2 file types use the .TEX file extension:

  1. LaTeX Source Document
  2. Texture File

1. LaTeX Source Document

LaTeX Source Document
  • Developer Donald Knuth
  • Popularity
    4.1 (97 votes)
  • Category Text Files
  • Format Text

A TEX file is a source document prepared by LaTeX, a high-quality typesetting system. It may include text, symbols, mathematical expressions, and graphics. TEX files are commonly used in computer science, electrical engineering, statistics, economics, and physics for typesetting articles, books, and other publications.

You can open TEX files with various LaTeX applications, such as TeXworks (multiplatform), MiKTeX (multiplatform), and Texmaker (multiplatform).

Since TEX files are saved in plain text, you can also open and edit the files with a plain text editor, such as Microsoft Notepad (bundled with Windows) or Apple TextEdit (bundled with macOS). However, these text editors do not provide helpful LaTeX syntax highlighting features provided by LaTeX applications.

Software's name License Platforms
Any text editor Any text editor AndroidChrome OSiOSLinuxMacWindowsWindows Phone
BaKoMa TeX BaKoMa TeX Free Trial Windows
File Viewer Plus File Viewer Plus Free Trial Windows
gVim gVim Open Source Windows
LaTeX Editor LaTeX Editor Free Windows
LyxMac LyxMac Freeware Mac
MacVim MacVim Open Source Mac
MiKTeX MiKTeX Open Source LinuxMacWindows
proTeXt proTeXt Free Windows
Skim Skim Free Mac
Texmaker Texmaker Open Source LinuxMacWindows
TeXnicCenter TeXnicCenter Free Windows
TeXShop TeXShop Free Mac
TeXworks TeXworks Open Source LinuxMacWindows

Updated: December 16, 2020

2. Texture File

Texture File

Bitmap image used for storing textures; can create the appearance of different surfaces and can be applied to both 2D and 3D objects; often used in video games (such as first person shooters) that support 3D texture-mapping.

Example video games that use TEX files include Avalon Heroes (which actually uses the .DDS format for its TEX files), Serious Sam, and Dead Rising 2. To open the TEX files used by Dead Rising 2, first rename them to have the ".big" extension, and then open them with Gibbed's DeadRising2 Tools.

TEX files can be opened by some programs that reference textures or use texture-mapping. They may possibly be opened with a generic image editor.

Software's name License Platforms
Capcom Dead Rising 2 Capcom Dead Rising 2 Paid Windows
Croteam Serious Sam Croteam Serious Sam Paid Windows
Gibbed's DeadRising2 Tools Gibbed's DeadRising2 Tools Free Windows
Hover Hover Windows

Updated: May 25, 2012

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