latex Build Tools Arara


Arara is a cross-platform automation tool that's specially designed for TeX. It's included in a standard distribution, so there's no need to install anything additional. It's most effectively understood as a means to record the compilation instructions in the TeX file itself:

% arara: pdflatex
  Hello, world

These can be much more complicated, though:

% arara: pdflatex
% arara: biber
% arara: pdflatex

% To support a self-contained example, this builds a BibTeX file on-the-fly
 author = {Dijkstra, Edsger W.},
 title = {Self-stabilizing Systems in Spite of Distributed Control},
 journal = {Commun. ACM},
 issue_date = {Nov. 1974},
 volume = {17},
 number = {11},
 month = nov,
 year = {1974},
 issn = {0001-0782},
 pages = {643--644},
 numpages = {2},
 url = {},
 doi = {10.1145/361179.361202},
 acmid = {361202},
 publisher = {ACM},
 address = {New York, NY, USA},
 keywords = {distributed control, error recovery, harmonious cooperation, multiprocessing, mutual exclusion, networks, robustness, self-repair, self-stabilization, sharing, synchronization},


Hello, World! \cite{dijkstra}.