TLCockpit - GUI frontend to tlmgr
Since TLCockpit is included in TeX Live, it will be probably already installed
on your system. In case it isn't, a simple call to
tlmgr install tlcockpit
We are providing new jar files on the github page, but update
the copy in TeX Live only at certain intervals. If you want to try out the latest
and greatest, get tlcockpit.jar and put it into
TEXLIVEROOT/texmf-dist/scripts/tlcockpit replacing the current
After this you can run it by simply typing
tlcockpit, or via a direct
call as in
java -jar PATH/TO/tlcockpit.jar.
Debugging can be enabled by passing the option
-d or, for more detailed debugging
You need at least
tlmgr from after 2017-11-23, in TeX Live language at least
version 45888 or
A recent Java (at least Java 8) installation that includes JavaFX is required. If you see errors like
Error: A JNI error has occurred, please check your installation and try again Exception in thread "main" java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: javafx/event/EventTarget at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass1(Native Method) at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass(ClassLoader.java:763) ...
that means that the Java installation does not provides JavaFX.
On Windows the latest JRE from Oracle include JavaFX. On Linux one might need to install some extra packages (Debian/Ubuntu: openjfx).
With recent release of Java 11 problems are getting worse, since JavaFX is now separately packaged, and ScalaFX only supports (by now) JavaFX8. That means, for now it is necessary to have a Java 8 installation. As soon as ScalaFX supports JavaFX11 we will move to use it.
Development is done in Scala with the ScalaFX widget set. The project is mainly a challenge for myself to learn Scala. Building is done with sbt, opening the project in IntelliJ works fine.
Deployment is done via sbt assembly which packs all the necessary libraries into one jar file.
Contributions are welcome, improvements are easily done as I just started writing Scala and my style is horrible ;-)
Starting up TLCockpit
View packages by collections
Updates listing, with one package being updated
After updating all packages during the run of postactions like
Repository seup dialog with dropdown for mirror selection
Paper setting dialog
The Tools menu, as well as the expert and debug panes open