Summary: Add markup to embed math using TeX syntax.
Version: 2019-03-28
Status: Stable
Maintainer: Said Achmiz
Categories: Markup Math
Discussion: MathJax-Talk
Download: MathJax.phpΔ

Questions answered by this recipe

  • How can I embed math in a wiki page using MathJax which is the successor of jsMath?


Embed math in wiki pages using scalable fonts.


Disable the jsMath plugin (if you are already using it) before using the MathJax plugin below.


  1. Download MathJax.phpΔ into the cookbook/ directory.
  2. Add the following line to a local customization file:

You now have two options: installing MathJax locally on your server (the default), or linking to a CDN.

Installing MathJax locally

  1. Download MathJax from Install the MathJax package into your PmWiki's pub/ directory, as pub/MathJax/ . Or, you can install MathJax wherever you wish, and set $MathJaxURL to the url of the MathJax directory.
  2. Unless backward compatibility with old browsers is a must, consider removing the MathJax/fonts/HTML-CSS/TeX/png directory since it has too many files and may slow down the server.

Using MathJax via a CDN

If you don’t want to download and install the MathJax package locally, you can link to a CDN (content distribution network). Before including MathJax.php in your config.php, add this line:

$MathJaxUseCDN = true;

Conditionally including the recipe

If you don't want the MathJax recipe (with all its associated JavaScript overhead) loaded for every page on your wiki, use the following code in config.php, instead of the include_once line given above:

## MathJax gets loaded if the directive (:mathjax:) is anywhere on the page.
Markup('include-mathjax', 'directives', '/\\(:mathjax:\\)/i', "IncludeMathJax");
function IncludeMathJax($m) {
	global $FarmPubDirUrl, $FarmD, $MathJaxUrl;
	$MathJaxUrl = "$FarmPubDirUrl/MathJax";
# The graphic is available from 
# .
SDV($GUIButtons['math'], [ 1000, '{$ ', ' $}', '\\\\sqrt{n}', '$GUIButtonDirUrlFmt/math.gif"$[Math formula (LaTeX/MimeTeX)]"' ]);

(Note that if you have GUIEdit enabled, you must also copy the code that includes a GUIEdit button for equations into config.php—as shown in the above code snippet—or else it will never show up in the editor!)

This way, MathJax doesn't get loaded, unless there's a (:mathjax:) directive anywhere on the page. (You only need to include the directive once, no matter how many equations the page contains. Having the directive on a page multiple times does not cause any problems, though.)


In addition to the settings described above, the following options are available. (All must be set before including MathJax.php in your config.php.)


The $MathJaxConfigJS variable holds the MathJax configuration block. The default value is as follows (note the single quotes around the value):

$MathJaxConfigJS = 'MathJax.Hub.Config({
	extensions: [
	jax: [
	tex2jax: {
		inlineMath: [ [ "{$", "$}" ] ],
		displayMath: [ [ "{$$", "$$}" ] ]


The $MathJaxCDNURL variable holds the URL of the MathJax distribution. (It’s used only if $MathJaxUseCDN is set to true; see Using MathJax via a CDN, above.)

The default value is:

$MathJaxCDNURL = '';

Additional MathJax settings

The MathJax settings file MathJax/config/MathJax.js has many more settings to play around with, including setting the HTML tags (e.g. script, pre, etc) within which MathJax will not translate the text to mathematics. Take a look there.

Release notes

  • 2019-03-28: Added option to use MathJax from CDN instead of local install. (Thanks to Walter Keller for suggestion and code.) Said Achmiz
  • 2019-03-27: Fixed problem with un-quoted callback names on some systems. Said Achmiz
  • 2019-03-04: Updated for PHP 5 compatibility (fixed "/e modifier" errors). Said Achmiz
  • 20101218: Took Domingo Redal's suggestion into account, simplifying installation and MathJax upgrades.
  • 20110307: Support for equation \label and \eqref added by Richard Shaw.

See also

Cookbook /
AMmathjax  Add markup to embed math using ASCII MATH by MathJax. (Stable)
ASCIIMath  Display MathML rendered ascii formula into PmWiki 2.x pages (Stable)
Formula  Lightweight rendering of mathematical formulas in wiki pages (Beta)
FractionsPlus  Adds simple markup to write fractions. (Maintained)
JsMath  Add markup to display and embed mathematical formulas in wiki pages using TeX. (Obsolete - use MathJax)
LaTeXMathJax  MathJax support for PmWiki (stable)
LaTeXMathML  Translating LaTeX math notation dynamically to Presentation MathML (Stable)
LinuxTex  Enable TeX markup
LuaExecute  Lets Lua scripts dynamically generate parts of your wiki page (Beta)
Mathtex  Add markup to display and embed several lines of mathematical formulas in wiki pages (testing)
MimeTeX  Add markup to display and embed mathematical formulas in wiki pages (Stable)
SageCell  This allows you to embed an interactive SageCell into your webpage. Sage is an open source alternative to MathLab, Mathematica, and Maple. (Stable)
SimpleJsMath  Notes on modifying the jsMath for a skin (not a complete recipe)
TrueLatex  Enables interpretation and rendering of real LaTeX markups in PmWiki. Support for XeLaTex included in v1.8. (Working perfectly. Very simple to use, customizable and comes with lots of options.)



See discussion at MathJax-Talk

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