Using qpdfview with AUCTeX


Ralf Stubner


June 5, 2019

I recently set up a new computer using Debian Buster with LXQt as desktop environment, which uses qpdfview as default PDF viewer. Obviously I wanted to make use of it when writing LaTeX documents in Emacs using AUCTeX. Mathieu Morey once wrote an explanation how to configure an alternative PDF viewer, which is nowadays archived. However, this explanation uses Emacs’ inbuilt configuration buffers, while I prefer adding simple Emacs Lisp to the initialisation file.

First one has to define qpdfviewer as a potential viewer for AUCTeX:

(setq TeX-view-program-list
          ("qpdfview --unique %o"
              (mode-io-correlate "#src:%b:%n:0"))

The --unique argument ensures that an already open file is re-opened, while #src:%b:%n:0 can be used for forward search from the source to the PDF file.

Next one uses qpdfviewer in the list of available viewers for PDF ouput:

(setq TeX-view-program-selection
    '(((output-dvi has-no-display-manager) "dvi2tty")
         ((output-dvi style-pstricks) "dvips and gv")
         (output-dvi "xdvi")
         (output-pdf "qpdfview")
         (output-html "xdg-open")))

Setting up SyncTeX

In order to use backward search from the PDF to the source file, one has to use correlation mode. This mode can be toggled using C-c C-t C-s or enabled on a global

(setq TeX-source-correlate-mode t)

or buffer local basis

% Local Variables:
% TeX-source-correlate-mode: t
% End:

Finally one has to set the “Source Editor” in qpdfviewer under Edit -> Settings -> Behavior to emacsclient +%2:%3 "%1, c.f.