Computers & Writing Systems
TeX Live (multi-platform, includes XeTeX)
MikTeX (for Windows, includes XeTeX)
Where to go for help
Note: SIL International no longer manages XeTeX development. Please refer to the following paragraphs to find excellent sources of help.
XeTeX Home http://xetex.sourceforge.net/
For questions or discussion about installing or using XeTeX and related packages, please go to the XeTeX mailing list hosted by the TeX Users Group, where experienced users and developers are likely to be able to help.
For bug reports about the XeTeX software itself, or specific feature requests (rather than general discussion), there is an issue tracker hosted at SourceForge.
The comment form on this page is available for general comments about the software or the web pages themselves (yes, I know they need updating!), but please do not expect technical support through this channel. You are much more likely to get useful responses on the mailing list.
Update — September 2013
The latest release of XeTeX is version 0.9999.3, which is included in TeX Live 2013. XeTeX is a standard component of the complete TeX Live distribution. This includes all major TeX-related programs and a huge range of additional fonts, macro packages, and utilities, with ready-to-use binaries for around 15 computer platforms including Mac OS X (PPC and x86), Windows, and various Linux and Unix-like systems on a range of CPU architectures.
The TeX Users Group hosts a XeTeX mailing list where interested users are welcome to discuss bugs, workarounds, wishes, etc.; while no commitments can be made as to future development, all feedback is greatly appreciated.
The latest release of XeTeX is currently version 0.999.6, available as part of TeX Live 2008. This is the recommended version for general use, and is installed along with the rest of the standard TeX distribution; no additional steps are required to install or use XeTeX.
For possible use with older TeX distributions, an older XeTeX package remains available below.
Please note that the downloads below are no longer recommended for general use; TeX Live 2008+ and other current distributions such as W32TeX, MikTeX, and ConTeXt are now the preferred way to get up-to-date versions of XeTeX.
Some Linux distros and similar packages are still shipping TeX Live 2007, which also contains a usable version of XeTeX, although not as current as the 2008 distribution. For such systems, the standalone TeX Live 2008 distribution can also be installed an alternative to the packages provided via distro repositories, for users who want more current versions.
Version 0.995, released 2006-08-16
Release 0.995 includes a number of bug fixes and new features, including an alternative (usually faster) output driver, and preliminary support for the full range of Unicode letters in math mode.
Highlights of the 0.995 release include:
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Latest version for Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4
Alternatively, i‑Installer users may install XeTeX using the XeTeX i-Package listed in “Jonathan Kew’s i-Directory” (see ).
The MacTeX package available from CTAN provides a complete TeX system that includes the XeTeX software, with no additional installation required.
For older Mac OS X systems
For users of older (pre-10.3) versions Mac OS X, there may be a better chance of success with an older release of XeTeX, as the latest version has not been tested on earlier systems:
For other operating systems
See the separate XeTeX for Linux page for packages and notes related to running XeTeX on Unix-like operating systems.
Thanks to Akira Kakuto, who distributes the W32TeX software collection, there is now a Windows port of XeTeX available: see http://www.fsci.fuk.kindai.ac.jp/kakuto/win32-ptex/web2c75-e.html.
The source code for the current development version of XeTeX may be obtained by checking out a working copy from the repository at https://scripts.sil.org/svn-public/xetex/TRUNK using a Subversion client, or by downloading a tarball from the ViewVC interface at https://scripts.sil.org/svn-view/xetex/TRUNK.
Documentation and sample files
Note that these files are also included in the main .dmg download above.
Additional examples (updated December 8, 2005)
A talk about XeTeX, including the introduction of XeTeX for Linux, was presented at BachoTeX 2006 (April 30, 2006). The associated paper appears in the GUST bulletin from the conference, but unfortunately printing problems affected a number of the examples in the printed copies. The original PDF file is available here.
A talk introducing XeTeX was given at the 2nd Practical TeX conference, Chapel Hill, NC (June 2005). The printed version of this paper will appear in TUGboat, the journal of the TeX Users Group; currently, the slides from the presentation at PracTeX are available here.
A paper about XeTeX was presented at the 27th Internationalization and Unicode Conference in Berlin (April 2005); the printed version of that paper and the associated slides from the presentation are available here.
Underlying TeX setup
XeTeX has primarily been tested in conjunction with the TeX installation provided by Gerben Wierda's i‑Installer. Use with other TeX systems such as those installed by Fink, DarwinPorts, TeXLive, etc. may require manually unpacking and installing the XeTeX files, if the installation scripts are unable to navigate the TeX configuration.
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