Andreas Grech - 1 year ago 156
LaTeX Question

# Correct word-count of a LaTeX document

I'm currently searching for an application or a script that does a correct word count for a LaTeX document.

Up till now, I have only encountered scripts that only work on a single file but what I want is a script that can safely ignore LaTeX keywords and also traverse linked files...ie follow

`\include`
and
`\input`
links to produce a correct word-count for the whole document.

With vim, I currently use
`ggVGg CTRL+G`
but obviously that shows the count for the current file and does not ignore LaTeX keywords.

Does anyone know of any script (or application) that can do this job?

I use `texcount`. The webpage has a Perl script to download (and a manual).

It will include `tex` files that are included (`\input` or `\include`) in the document (see `-inc`), supports macros, and has many other nice features.

When following included files you will get detail about each separate file as well as a total. For example here is the total output for a 12 page document of mine:

``````TOTAL COUNT
Files: 20
Words in text: 4188
If you're only interested in the total, use the `-total` argument.