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Create a deploy to overleaf button

By David Li on Fri, 7 June 2024

Overleaf is a web-based platform that allows users to create, edit, and share LaTeX documents online. It is useful for writing reports in LaTeX because it provides a collaborative and streamlined writing environment.

In traditional LaTeX, users typically need to download and configure a LaTeX distribution on their local machine, which can be time-consuming and require a significant amount of technical expertise. With Overleaf, users can skip this step and start writing immediately within their web browser. Additionally, Overleaf provides a variety of pre-built templates and examples that users can use as starting points for their documents, which can be helpful for beginners.

One of the biggest advantages of Overleaf is its collaborative features. Users can share their documents with others, invite collaborators to work on a document together, and even chat with collaborators within the platform. This makes it an ideal tool for writing reports or papers with co-authors.

To use the Overleaf API to open a file, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Obtain an API key from Overleaf. You can do this by logging into your Overleaf account and navigating to your account settings. From there, you can generate an API key that you will use to authenticate your API requests.
  2. Make an API request to the Overleaf API using the file URL. You can do this using the following endpoint: https://www.overleaf.com/docs?snip_uri=URL. Replace “URL” with the URL of your LaTeX file, which should end in .tex.

Here is some sample code in Python that demonstrates how to use the Overleaf API to open a file:

import webbrowser

# Replace FILE\_URL with the URL of your LaTeX file
FILE_URL = 'http://pathtoyourfile.tex'

# Construct the API request URL
api_url = f'https://www.overleaf.com/docs?snip_uri={FILE_URL}'

# Make the API request

This code will open the LaTeX file in Overleaf in a new tab or window in your web browser. You can also use this code to open a LaTeX file in Overleaf from a website or document.

 <a href="https://www.overleaf.com/docs?snip_uri={FILE_URL}" target="_blank" style={{
        display: "inline-block",
        backgroundColor: "green",
        color: "white",
        padding: "8px 16px",
        borderRadius: "4px",
        textDecoration: "none",
        fontSize: "16px",
        textAlign: "center"
      }}>Deploy to overleaf</a> 

This is an HTML anchor tag (<a>) with a link to a LaTeX file on Overleaf.

The link has a target="_blank" attribute, which tells the browser to open the link in a new tab or window when the user clicks on it.

The style of the link is defined using inline CSS, with a green background color, white text, and other formatting properties such as padding and border radius. The text inside the link reads “Deploy to overleaf” and is centered using the text-align property.

When a user clicks on this link, it will open the LaTeX file in Overleaf in a new tab or window, allowing them to view and edit the file. The link could be useful for sharing a LaTeX file with collaborators or for quickly accessing a file from a website or document.

To parameterize the component you provided as a React component, you can modify the code to use props. Here is an example implementation:

import React from 'react';

function OverleafDeployButton(props) {
 const { 
 } = props;

 const fileUrl = `https://www.overleaf.com/docs?snip_uri=${texFilePath}.tex`;

 return (
 <a href={fileUrl} target="\_blank" style={buttonStyle}>

In this implementation, we define a OverleafDeployButton function component that takes in props using the props parameter. The props are then destructured to extract the necessary values.

We use the destructured props to construct the fileUrl variable, which is then used in the anchor tag’s href attribute.

The button text and style are also passed as props and used to set the text and style of the anchor tag.

This component can then be used in a React application by importing the OverleafDeployButton component and passing in the required props, like this:

 buttonText="Deploy to Overleaf"
 display: "inline-block",
 backgroundColor: "green",
 color: "white",
 padding: "8px 16px",
 borderRadius: "4px",
 textDecoration: "none",
 fontSize: "16px",
 textAlign: "center"

This will render a button with the text “Deploy to Overleaf” that, when clicked, will open the specified LaTeX file in Overleaf. The button style is also customizable using the buttonStyle prop.


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