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Qilin is a free, open-source and fully hackable text editor developed for exact sciences in mind. It fully supports KaTeX and AsciiMath. Qilin works on each desktop platform - it is based on Chromium and Node.js, licensed under the MIT license. Qilin is extensible via several plugins and themes. Created documents can be exported as HTML, PDF and Markdown.

Qilin editor

Note: Qilin Editor and all related repositories are still in development - it might not be suitable for daily, intensive usage. As the only active maintainer, I (@Bartozzz) am not able to provide regular updates, so any help is more than welcome.


Bug reporting

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We want contributing to Qilin to be fun, enjoyable, and educational for everyone. Changes and improvements are more than welcome! Feel free to fork and open a pull request. If you have found any issues, please report them here - they are being tracked on GitHub Issues.


Qilin was created and developed by Bartosz Łaniewski. The full list of contributors can be found here. Qilin's code is MIT licensed. We also provide an additional "patent" grant.


There are two ways to install Qilin. Please, refer to file for more instructions. If you wonder how to use Qilin or have any other questions - check our Wiki.


We have prepared multiple commands to help you develop Qilin on your own. Don't forget to install all Node.js dependencies from npm. You will need a local copy of Node.js installed on your machine.

$ npm install


$ npm run <command>

List of commands

Command Description
preapre-qpm Prepares Qilin package manager
preapre Prepares Qilin itself
build Builds Qilin binaries for macOS, Windows, Linux
start Builds and opens Qilin application
watch Builds on changes and opens Qilin application
clean Deletes cache directories
eslint Fixes ESLinter errors
stylelint Fixes StyleLint errors
nw Opens Qilin application


All the screenshots can be found on Imgur. You can find some devblogs on my Youtube channel.

Qilin light mode Qilin dark mode


Fully hackable text editor developed for exact sciences with built-in KaTeX and AsciiMath support. Extensible via plugins and themes. Exportable as HTML, PDF and GFM.





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