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Mathematicians, physicists, and various other academicians write technical papers that involve a lot of complicated symbols. From lambda to pi, a researcher uses numerous symbols to communicate the idea presented in the paper. In order to effectively and easily incorporate such symbol involving language within a research paper, a markup computer language called LaTeX is heavily used amongst academic circles. While users of the language might remember the usable code for symbols they use regularly, they might have to do a bit of online searching before they can discover the LaTeX codes for symbols that are new to them. Here to help with that search is the excellent website called Detexify.

codes for symbols

Detexify is a free to use web service that helps LaTeX users find the usable LaTeX code for various mathematical and scientific symbols. To begin using the website, you need not register for any new accounts. All you have to do is visit Detexify’s homepage and draw the symbol of which the code you want; drawing is done via a simple click’n’drag of the mouse pointer. The symbol is matched against the LaTeX symbol database and a list of the results is shown. The most relevant symbol is shown on top. You are shown the score, package information, code, and mode for each symbol. This information makes it easy to quickly use the symbol in the paper.



  • A user friendly web service.
  • Helps find usable code for LaTeX symbols.
  • Lets you draw symbol to find it.
  • Shows score, package info, code, and mode for each symbol in results.
  • Similar tools: PiliApp Symbol, CopyPasteCharacter and EntityCode.

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  1. macwitty
    April 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Handy but but reminds me of writing academic papers...