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Welcome to the beginnings of Tufte LaTeX package to help you produce Tufte-style handouts, reports, and notes.

Quick Start

Try typesetting sample-handout.tex with the following sequence of commands,

pdflatex sample-handout
bibtex   sample-handout
pdflatex sample-handout
pdflatex sample-handout

The result should look like sample-handout.pdf.

The sample book can be compiled with the following:

pdflatex sample-book
bibtex sample-book
texindy --language english sample-book.idx
# or makeindex sample-book.idx
pdflatex sample-book
pdflatex sample-book
pdflatex sample-book


If you encounter errors of the form,

! LaTeX Error: File `paralist.sty' not found.

you will need to obtain missing packages from CTAN. For package installation instructions and answers to many other questions, see the UK TeX FAQ or search the comp.text.tex group.

The following packages are required:

  • chngpage or changepage
  • fancyhdr
  • fontenc
  • geometry
  • hyperref
  • natbib and bibentry
  • optparams
  • paralist
  • placeins
  • ragged2e
  • setspace
  • textcase
  • textcomp
  • titlesec
  • titletoc
  • xcolor
  • xifthen

The following packages are optional and will be automatically used if installed:

  • beramono
  • helvet
  • ifpdf
  • ifxetex
  • letterspace (in the microtype package)
  • mathpazo
  • soul


For kudos, feature requests, patches, or support requests that you feel are particular to this Tufte-LaTeX package, i.e., not a general LaTeX issue, please use this project's issue tracker available at


Patches and pull requests are most welcome via the issue tracker! Submit a series of high quality patches, and you'll find yourself a developer on this project.


Copyright 2007–2015 by Kevin Godby, Bil Kleb, and Bill Wood.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.