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latex2rtf converter

this page last updated on Jan. 10, 2011

latex2rtf, written in C.

Converts most standard LaTeX markup and some more, but only those markup and packages which are hard-coded in latex2rtf's program code.

LaTeX equations are converted either to Word's formula fields (EQ fields) or images. (Anyone who wants and is able to implement conversion to equation editor objects please contact me (texconvfaq "at" gmx.de).)
The default is conversion to formula fields. These generally display the equations in a reasonable quality. If in Word you double-click on a formula field, it will be converted to an equation editor object, but often with really bad result (depending on which constructs are contained in the equation).
Conversion of equations to images requires a TeX installation, ImageMagick, and Ghostscript.

References are converted to field functions which must be updated after loading the resulting rtf file into Word (mark complete document and press F9).

Still there are drawbacks in the conversion. In fact, don't expect any LaTeX-file to be converted like you want, don't expect it to be converted without errors or warnings, and: don't even expect it to be converted at all, since LaTeX2rtf is at most at a very experimental stage. LaTeX2rtf is known to have a lot of bugs. In fact we could state that there are some special cases, where a LaTeX-file can be translated to RTF satisfactorily by LaTeX2rtf.
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C-source and makefiles (compiles on Unix and Macintosh OSX with gcc; Linux with gcc; MS-DOS/Windows with gcc (djgpp or cygwin); and Macintosh OS9 with the DropUnix environment) as well as executables for MS-DOS (compatible with win95, win98, winME, nt4.0, win2000, winXP, and Vista) and Macintosh are available from http://sourceforge.net/projects/latex2rtf/ (external link).

A stable but not always the most recent release is also available from CTAN, directory .../support/latex2rtf
(the ... stands for a host specific base directory, which often is either "/pub/tex" or "/tex-archive").

We still seek for people joining us as maintainer or developer. If you are interested, contact me (texconvfaq "at" gmx.de).

Program Copyright:

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANT-ABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

Note that this Copyright note only applies to the changes made to get the actual version. The older versions have their own Copyright policy stated in their distribution.


In 1994 the first Version of LaTeX2rtf was written by a group of students of the Viena University supervised by Ralf Schlatterbeck. They took up a LaTeX parser and added most of the functionality to the program. In 1995 work continued with a second group of students. The result was LaTeX2rtf Version 1.5.

Unfortunately, two different persons started further development of that program, not knowing of each other:

In 2001, Scott Prahl started to make some significant enhancements, also including many of Daniel's additions. He is still working on it. Latest stable release is 2.1.1 b5 and includes all of the features of Daniel's version.

Temporarily I (Wilfried Hennings) feel responsible for coordinating the exchange of development information. But we are still seeking for a person who can act as coordinator of future development, and we also need a person to take over the development. Anyone feeling able to do that please contact me by email to texconvfaq "at" gmx.de.

The project is now hosted at sourceforge.net which aids in further development. Visit its homepage at http://latex2rtf.sourceforge.net/ (external link) or its project page at http://sourceforge.net/projects/latex2rtf/ (external link).

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