Latest 0.9.4
License MIT
Platforms ios 6.0, osx 10.8, requires ARC
Frameworks CoreGraphics, QuartzCore, CoreText

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iosMath is a library for displaying beautifully rendered math equations
in iOS and MacOS applications. It typesets formulae written using the LaTeX in
a UILabel equivalent class. It uses the same typesetting rules as LaTeX and
so the equations are rendered exactly as LaTeX would render them.

It is similar to MathJax or
KaTeX for the web but for native iOS or MacOS
applications without having to use a UIWebView and Javascript. More
importantly, it is significantly faster than using a UIWebView.


Here are screenshots of some formulae that you could render with this

Quadratic Formula



Ramanujan Identity

The file contains more examples.


iosMath works on iOS 6+ or MacOS 10.8+ and requires ARC to build. It depends
on the following Apple frameworks:

  • Foundation.framework
  • CoreGraphics.framework
  • QuartzCore.framework
  • CoreText.framework

Additionally for iOS it requires:

  • UIKit.framework

Additionally for MacOS it requires:

  • AppKit.framework



iosMath is available through CocoaPods. To install

  1. Add a entry for iosMath to your Podfile: pod 'iosMath'.
  2. Install the pod by running pod install.

Static library

You can also add iosMath as a static library to your project or

  1. Download the latest code version or add the
    repository as a git submodule to your git-tracked project.
  2. Open your project in Xcode, then drag and drop
    iosMath.xcodeproj onto your project or workspace (use the
    "Product Navigator view").
  3. Select your target and go to the Build phases tab. In the Link Binary
    With Libraries section select the add button. On the sheet find and
    add libIosMath.a. You might also need to add iosMath to
    the Target Dependencies list.
  4. Add the MathFontBundle to the list of Copy Bundle Resources.
  5. Include IosMath wherever you need it with #import <IosMath/IosMath.h>.


The library provides a class MTMathUILabel which is a UIView that
supports rendering math equations. To display an equation simply create
an MTMathUILabel as follows:

#import "MTMathUILabel.h"

MTMathUILabel* label = [[MTMathUILabel alloc] init];
label.latex = @"x = \frac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}";

Adding MTMathUILabel as a sub-view of your UIView as will render the
quadratic formula example shown above.

Included Features

This is a list of formula types that the library currently supports:

  • Simple algebraic equations
  • Fractions and continued fractions
  • Exponents and subscripts
  • Trigonometric formulae
  • Square roots and n-th roots
  • Calculus symbos – limits, derivatives, integrals
  • Big operators (e.g. product, sum)
  • Big delimiters (using left and right)
  • Greek alphabet
  • Combinatorics (binom, choose etc.)
  • Geometry symbols (e.g. angle, congruence etc.)
  • Ratios, proportions, percents
  • Math spacing
  • Overline and underline
  • Math accents
  • Matrices
  • Equation alignment
  • Change bold, roman, caligraphic and other font styles (bf, text, etc.)
  • Most commonly used math symbols
  • Colors


There is a sample app included in this project that shows how to use the
app and the different equations that you can render. To run the sample
app, clone the repository, and run pod install first. Then on iOS run the
iosMathExample app. For MacOS run the MacOSMath app.

Advanced configuration

MTMathUILabel supports some advanced configuration options:

Math mode

You can change the mode of the MTMathUILabel between Display Mode
(equivalent to $$ or [ in LaTeX) and Text Mode (equivalent to $
or ( in LaTeX). The default style is Display. To switch to Text

label.labelMode = kMTMathUILabelModeText;
Text Alignment

The default alignment of the equations is left. This can be changed to
center or right as follows:

label.textAlignment = kMTTextAlignmentCenter;
Font size

The default font-size is 20pt. You can change it as follows:

label.fontSize = 30;

The default font is Latin Modern Math. This can be changed as:

label.font = [[MTFontManager fontManager] termesFontWithSize:20];

This project has 3 fonts bundled with it, but you can use any OTF math


The default color of the rendered equation is black. You can change
it to any other color as follows:

label.textColor = [UIColor redColor];

It is also possible to set different colors for different parts of the
equation. Just access the displayList field and set the textColor
on the underlying displays that you want to change the color of.

Custom Commands

You can define your own commands that are not already predefined. This is
similar to macros is LaTeX. To define your own command use:

[MTMathAtomFactory addLatexSymbol:@"lcm"
                            value:[MTMathAtomFactory operatorWithName:@"lcm" limits:NO]];

This creates a lcm command that can be used in the LaTeX.

Content Insets

The MTMathUILabel has contentInsets for finer control of placement of the
equation in relation to the view.

If you need to set it you can do as follows:

label.contentInsets = UIEdgeInsetsMake(0, 10, 0, 20);
Error handling

If the LaTeX text given to MTMathUILabel is
invalid or if it contains commands that aren’t currently supported then
an error message will be displayed instead of the label.

This error can be programmatically retrieved as label.error. If you
prefer not to display anything then set:

label.displayErrorInline = NO;

Future Enhancements

Note this is not a complete implementation of LaTeX math mode. There are
some important pieces that are missing and will be included in future
updates. This includes:

  • Support for explicit big delimiters (bigl, bigr etc.)
  • Addition of missing plain TeX commands

Related Projects

For people looking for things beyond just rendering math, there are two
related projects:

  • MathEditor: A WYSIWYG editor
    for math equations on iOS.
  • MathSolver: A library for
    solving math equations.


iosMath is available under the MIT license. See the LICENSE
file for more info.


This distribution contains the following fonts. These fonts are
licensed as follows:

Latest podspec

    "name": "iosMath",
    "version": "0.9.4",
    "summary": "Math equation rendering for iOS and OS X",
    "description": "iosMath is a library for typesetting math formulas in iOS and OS X usingnCoreText. It renders formulae written in latex in a UILabel equivalentnclass using the same typsetting rules as latex. This enables displayingnbeautifully rendered math equations in iOS/MacOS applications.",
    "homepage": "",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    "authors": {
        "Kostub Deshmukh": "[email protected]"
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "6.0",
        "osx": "10.8"
    "source": {
        "git": "",
        "tag": "0.9.4"
    "source_files": "iosMath/**/*.{h,m}",
    "private_header_files": "iosMath/render/internal/*.h",
    "resource_bundles": {
        "mathFonts": [
    "frameworks": [
    "ios": {
        "frameworks": "UIKit"
    "osx": {
        "frameworks": "AppKit"
    "requires_arc": true

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