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.TEX File Extension

2 file types use the .tex file extension.

File Type 1LaTeX Source Document

DeveloperDonald Knuth
3.7 (109 Votes)
CategoryText Files

What is a TEX file?

A TEX file is a source document prepared by LaTeX, a high-quality typesetting system. It can 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.

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Screenshot of a .tex file in TeXworks 0.6
TEX file open in TeXworks 0.6

TEX files contain plain text unlike the .DOCX and .ODT files created by the Microsoft Word and LibreOffice Writer WYSIWYG programs, which contain formatted text. The TEX file typically contains markup conventions that define the structure of the document such as a letter, book, or article.

Since TEX files contain plain text they can be opened with any text editor. However, the files are most commonly used by the TeXworks, LaTeX Editor, LyXMac, and Texmaker programs.

NOTE: TEX files can LaTeX files also use the .LTX extension.

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Updated 1/17/2017

File Type 2Texture File

3.3 (28 Votes)
CategoryRaster Image Files

.TEX File Association 2

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.

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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.

Programs that open TEX files

Updated 8/6/2012

About TEX Files

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