LyX for Win32



Below you can download an experimental version of LyX for Win32, based on version 1.3.3. It’s rather complete. There is also another (older) port at Claus Hentschel’s page. Claus’ port needs a lot of extra stuff (X-Server, cygwin) installed, which is the reason I started a genuine win32 port. This port here uses Qt 2.3.0 non-commercial for windows.


For LyX to work, you’ll need:

MikTeX properly installed.

These fonts installed in the windows fonts directory. (Some symbols like sum are shown too high up, this is a bug in Qt-2.3.0)


Optionally, for graphics conversion you’ll need:

ImageMagick. The convert executable needs to be in your path.


Spellchecking works, if you put the dictionaries in the right place (lyx/lib/aspell and lyx/share/aspell). See for further info. You only need the dictionaries, the aspell executable is useless for LyX.

As an example, here are the English dictionary files: lyx_aspell_dict_en.rar. Follow the directory structure in this file. (Extract with WinRAR)

No need for fiddling with the speller setting in Preferences; aspell is always used.


When lyx is run from a shortcut or terminal windows with –dbg 3, you’ll see some nice debugging info.




13-12-2003 1.3.3 released. Should fix some of the conversion script issues.

15-6-2003 Re-packaged the whole thing. Small updates to this page.

29-5-2003 Added missing mathed icons.

18-5-2003 Update to 1.3.2. Fixed export bug. Removed console window. Fixed reLyX.

2-5-2003 Added link to font package.

17-4-2003 Fixed graphics path bug. Added English dictionaries.

27-2-2003 Included stripped down version of Python and Perl. Included docs. Fixed preferences and tables bug.

7-1-2003 Added libmmd.dll to the archive.

16-1-2003 Fixed a bug and added mathed icons


Known bugs:

-Screen updates too often; visible when browsing menus. Bug in Qt-2.3.0.

-Some scripts don’t work yet, supposed to work are: reLyX, lyx2lyx, graphics conversion.

-Equal sign sometimes doesn’t show in math mode. Change Preferences->Look and Feel->Screen Fonts->Zoom. Don’t ask!



Just extract & go. Place it in a regularly named directory like C:\Proggies, not in Program Files! No spaces allowed in pathnames….



lyx-1.3.3-win32.ex (rename to lyx-1.3.3-win32.exe.)



(my provider doesn’t like large files….and .exe files)


Patches & extra files: (updated 20030518)

extra_win32_files.tar.bz2 (Some extra header files & MSVC wrapper)

lyx_win32.diff (Patch against CVS)

quick_fix.diff (Dirty compile fixes)



None. However, I’d appreciate any comments.


Ruurd Reitsma