This lesson is being piloted (Beta version)

Live editing of LaTeX documents


Teaching: 30 min
Exercises: 30 min
  • How to use JupyterLab LaTeX extension?

  • How to compile LaTeX documents within JupyterLab?

  • How to generate LaTeX documents from jupyter notebooks?

  • Learn about Jupyterlab LaTeX extension

  • Learn about the generation of LaTeX documents from jupyter notebooks

We have been using JupyterLab to keep our research work and are now ready to write a scientific paper associated with our computing results and for writing our paper, we will be using LaTeX.

JupyterLab extension for live editing of LaTeX documents

The JupyterLab LaTeX extension has already been installed in the VM. In case, you need to set it up on your laptop, follow instructions given here.

Create a new LaTeX document

New text file



\title{A very Simple \LaTeX document}


Preview LaTeX

The pdf preview of your document will appear on the right hand side of JupyterLab:

Preview LaTeX

Update your LaTeX document

Add new sections in your LaTeX document. What happens?


The pdf document is automatically updated!

Add a bibliography (BibTeX)

Create a new bibtex file with at least one reference and reference it in report_example.tex


In report_example.bib:

    author =       "Albert Einstein",
    title =        "{Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter K{\"o}rper}. ({German})
        [{On} the electrodynamics of moving bodies]",
    journal =      "Annalen der Physik",
    volume =       "322",
    number =       "10",
    pages =        "891--921",
    year =         "1905",
    DOI =          ""

And in report_example.tex:



\title{A very Simple \LaTeX document}


This document shows how to use BibTeX references. 

To cite the Einstein journal paper use \cite{einstein}.



See to get more examples.

Generate LaTeX from our jupyter notebooks

Being able to create LaTeX live documents with JupyterLab is great but we also need to make use of our jupyter notebooks so we can create a reproducible research work, share it and publish it.

Let’s go back to our jupyter notebook example and let’s create a nice LaTeX document from it.

!nbpublish -f latex_ipypublish_all -pdf example.ipynb

nbpublish can be called directly from your jupyter notebook or from the jupyterLab Terminal.

Cell inspector

It is sometimes convenient to inspect and modify metadata of a given cell. For instance, to ignore the cell where nbpublish is run:

   "ipub": {
    "ignore": true

Add it in the metadata of the corresponding cell, as shown in the image below:

jupyterlab cell inspector

Do not forget to commit changes to data.

There are several options (not only latex_ipypublish_all) to generate and customize what you would like to see in your report.

Check the ipypublish documentation for more information. Please note that the ipypublish python package is still under development (beta version avaiable only).

Add generated files into your Github repository

Add the updated example.ipynb, example.pdf, report_example.tex, report_example.bib and report_example.pdf to your Github repository research-bazaar-jupyter-2019 using JupyterLab git extension and/or JupyterLab Git Terminal.

Additional ipypublish example

In this short tutorial, all the functionalities of ipypublish are not demonstrated. However, feel free to browse the following example.

Combine our Jupyter notebooks and LaTeX documents

Now we can combine our jupyter notebook and our LaTeX document to generate a single publication ready scientific report.

A very simple way to combine them is to merge the pdf generated files. Create a new text file and rename it report_main.tex:

\chapter{A chapter}

Then generate the resulting pdf files (“Show LaTeX preview”).

Add generated files into your Github repository

As before, add report_main.tex and report_main.pdf to your Github repository research-bazaar-jupyter-2019 using JupyterLab git extension and/or JupyterLab Git Terminal.

Key Points

  • jupyterlab LaTeX extension