Overleaf is a useful tool for collaborating on LaTeX based documents. The workflow I use, however, when working alone on documents is to prepare them locally using TeXstudio and an installation of TeX Live. I prefer this over Overleaf because it’s the system I am used to and can work much more quickly. I like TeXstudio’s custom macros, compiliation time is much quicker, and I like to zoom in to inspect the PDF throughout its preparation.
When I first needed to collaborate on a paper, I knew Overleaf was the practical route to take since I realize my method wasn’t the most ideal for others to adapt to. I was happy to discover that Overleaf has Git support!
Here’s how to set it up.
- Create your Overleaf project as usual or open an existing one.
- In the top left of your Overleaf project, click
- Copy the entire Git clone command.
- Open a terminal (or Git Bash) in the directory you want to house the project.
- Clone the project using the Git clone command copied before.
- When prompted, enter your Overleaf username and password.
- Make changes as desired. When, ready to push your changes do the following.
git add .
git commit -m 'message'
- Enter your Overleaf username and password.
That’s it! Your collaborators can see the project files in the browser at Overleaf or they can also use Git if desired.