An ist file extension is related to the MakeIndex (TeX) style index format.

There are 6 other file types using
the IST file extension!

ist - Digitrakker instrument file

empty - IsoStar Library of intermolecular interactions file

empty - Adobe ImageStyler data

empty - InstallShield project template file

empty - Inspiration template

empty - Interlace Studio picture image

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IST file - MakeIndex (TeX) style index

What is ist file? How to open ist files?

File type specification:

Various data file type icon Various data file type

The ist file extension is also used by TeX, a typesetting system designed and mostly written by Donald Knuth.

Together with the METAFONT language for font description and the Computer Modern typefaces, it was designed with two main goals in mind: to allow anybody to produce high-quality books using a reasonable amount of effort, and to provide a system that would give the exact same results on all computers, now and in the future. Within the typesetting system, its name is formatted as TeX.

TeX is considered by many to be the best way to typeset complex mathematical formulae.

TeX is popular in academia, especially in the mathematics and physics communities. It has largely displaced Unix troff, the other favored formatter, in many Unix installations, which use both for different purposes. It is now also being used for many other typesetting tasks, especially in the form of LaTeX and other template packages.

Updated: October 11, 2017

The default software associated to ist file type:

LaTeX icon

LaTeX  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
LaTeX Project Development Team

A document preparation system for high-quality typesetting, LaTeX is used to create medium-to-large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing.

Help how to open:

This file type is not meant to be opened directly, there is no software that could open and work with it directly, or there is no information available in public sources about opening this file type. This is usually the case of some internal data files, caches, temporary files etc.

How to convert:

As far as we know, this .ist file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

List of software applications associated to the .ist file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open ist file, edit ist file, convert ist file, view ist file, play ist file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is ableto perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting ist files.

  • Create ist file
  • Others ist file

Programs that can create ist file - MakeIndex (TeX) style index

Programs supporting the exension ist on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about LaTeX for create ist file action.

Microsoft Windows:

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