I just started using Zathura to view pdfs while editing tex files.

I am trying to have forward searching capability in Zathura.

Using the LaTeX-Box plugin in Vim, I have added the following in my vimrc:

let g:LatexBox_viewer= '/usr/bin/zathura --fork --synctex-editor-command "vim --servername VIM --remote +\%{line} \%{input}"'

This gives me backward searching capability when I open a tex file with:

vim --servername VIM filename.tex

and open the corresponding PDF file by typing <LocalLeader>lv (this automatically opens the corresponding PDF file in Zathura).

But I do not know how to have forward searching.

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    Forward search with zathura should work out of the box with vimtex. If you like LaTeX-Box, then you might also like vimtex, as it was originally based off of LaTeX-Box. Sep 15, 2015 at 7:29
  • @KarlYngveLervåg funnily enough my googling led me to this: github.com/lervag/vimtex/issues/118 Tried a bit to get LaTeX-Box to work building on suggestions there, but got bored.
    – muru
    Sep 16, 2015 at 19:58
  • @muru Yes, I also find this stuff to be quite a hazzle. I am relatively happy with how it works in my plugin right now (although there are still room for many improvements, I guess). If caffeinemachine wants to keep using LaTeX-Box, the issue you've linked to might provide some helpful answers. Sep 16, 2015 at 21:14

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First you must compile your doc with synctex option: To do reverse search add the following:

# Adding reverse search between gvim and zathura
set synctex true
set synctex-editor-command "gvim --remote-silent +%{line} %{input}"

to your zathurarc file (Usually it can be find in your $HOME/.config/zathura folder). You can jump to line 150 column 2 by running:

zathura --synctex-forward 150:2:foo.tex foo.pdf

See also How to do reverse and forward search using vim and zathura.

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