Pdf4Eclipse enriches Eclipse with a pdf reader. One of its notable feature is a complete integration of SyncTeX, which allows forward and inverse search in pdf files. This makes it a perfect viewer for documents created with TeXlipse.

To render the pdf documents Pdf4Eclipse uses two different libraries: A fork of SUN's pdfrenderer and the LPGL version of the JPedal library. To change the renderer use Pdf4Eclipse's preferences.


The following screenshot shows a side-by-side view of a LaTeX document and its corresponding pdf document. The blue box in the pdf document is the result of a forward search. Install


  • Two different pdf renderers to support of a wide range of pdf documents
  • Bookmarks can be shown in the outline view
  • Uses the look-and-feel of Eclipse
  • Supports links in pdfs
  • SyncTeX integration
  • Automatically reload when pdf changes
  • Written solely in Java
  • Open-Source
Note: It was not the intention for the development of Pdf4Eclipse to replace your default Pdf viewer but to have a viewer in Eclipse to preview your LaTeX documents and show some documentation. Hence, some common features are missing like searching inside documents or printing of pdfs. Maybe some of them will be added in a later version. Help is always welcome.

Quick installation

Drag and drop this button into your running Eclipse instance (Indigo or beyond).

Alternative: To install the plugin simply open "Help/Install new plugins..." and use the site:



  • 1.1.0 (09.04.2012)
    • Besides Sun's pdf renderer this version adds also JPedal's pdf renderer to support a larger number of pdf documents
    • Some refactorings
  • 1.0.2 (21.03.2012)
    • Add "pseudo continuous scrolling", panning and zooming per mouse wheel (thanks to MeisterYeti)
    • Navigation buttons
    • Fix some minor bugs
  • 1.0.1 (16.11.2011)
    • Fix some rendering problems of Type4 and Type1C fonts
  • 1.0.0 (21.10.2011)