Texinfo - The GNU Documentation System
Texinfo is the official documentation format of the GNU project. It was invented by Richard
Stallman and Bob Chassell many years ago, loosely based on Brian Reid's
Scribe and other formatting languages of the time. It is used by many
non-GNU projects as well.
Texinfo uses a single source file to produce output in a number of
formats, both online and printed (dvi, html, info, pdf, xml, etc.). This
means that instead of writing different documents for online information
and another for a printed manual, you need write only one document. And
when the work is revised, you need revise only that one document. The
Texinfo system is well-integrated with GNU
- Texinfo project
page on savannah.gnu.org.
the latest official release as a gzipped tar file
(also on all GNU mirrors).
Older releases are also available.
- The Texinfo manual,
Info manual, and
standalone Info reader manual from the
latest official release, in various formats. See the
GNU documentation page for manuals for
other GNU packages (and more).
- The Texinfo
reference card formatted for letter-size paper (four landscape
pages) and for A4-size
- The latest
texinfo.tex macro file used for converting Texinfo source to DVI
or PDF files for
printing and viewing, using the TeX
typesetting system. The latest texinfo.tex is also available
via the Savannah
gnulib project and
mirrors, among other places.
(texinfo.tex is updated much more frequently than full Texinfo
releases are made; please use the latest version.)
- If available, the
Pretests are inherently unstable. Please try them and report
problems—that's why they are done, so the official release
will be as reliable as it can be.
- The development
- The NEWS
file listing notable changes by release, the
file detailing all changes, and the
file with future projects large and small, awaiting volunteers.
- The main address for bug reporting, developer discussion, pretest
announcements, and more
plain text archive).
- For Texinfo authoring help and discussion
plain text archive).
- To get mail with every commit to the repository
plain text archive).
To subscribe to these or any GNU mailing lists, please send an empty
mail with a Subject: header of just subscribe to the relevant
-request list. For example, to subscribe yourself to the GNU
announcement list, you would send mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Or you can use the mailing list web
- GNU help2man,
for generating reasonable man pages from --help output.
- GNU a2ps,
for generating printable files from plain text, has a Texinfo style option.
conversion from Docbook to Texinfo.
for extracting Texinfo (and other format) documentation from source files.
a CSS style sheet
for typesetting indices of LaTeX documents with Texinfo's texindex program.
generate Texinfo from man pages.
- my-bib-macros.texi, a start at
bibliography support via Texinfo macros. For a start at integration
with BibTeX, see the Web2C
a curses-based Info reader with color support and a lynx-like interface.
Scribe, which can convert Texinfo to Scribe and generate Info files.
Python documentation generator has support for Texinfo, used by
converting Texinfo to LaTeX via XML, no longer maintained.
an old standalone program that converts to troff format; it is not
maintained and not up to date.
- TexiWEB, a literate
programming system based on Texinfo and C, by Ben Pfaff as part
of his GNU AVL package.
a Tk-based Info reader.
If you know of other free software or documentation that would be
useful to add here, please email.
To translate Texinfo's messages into other languages, please see the
Project texinfo domain and texinfo_document.
If you have a new translation of the message strings, or updates to the
existing strings, please have the changes made in this repository. Only
translations from this site will be incorporated into Texinfo. For more
information, see the Translation
Project welcome page.
Please send FSF & GNU inquiries to
There are also other ways to contact
Please send broken links and other corrections or suggestions to
Copyright © 2013 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This page is licensed under a Creative
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