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I'd like to use PDFView mode as the default PDF reader when editing LaTeX code in AucTeX, using Emacs 24. For example, after compiling with C-c C-c, redoing this command would open the PDF file in a second buffer in the same window, using PDFView mode instead of Doc View.

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I just set this up yesterday so all you need in your init file is.

 ;; to use pdfview with auctex
 (setq TeX-view-program-selection '((output-pdf "PDF Tools"))
    TeX-view-program-list '(("PDF Tools" TeX-pdf-tools-sync-view))
    TeX-source-correlate-start-server t) ;; not sure if last line is neccessary

 ;; to have the buffer refresh after compilation
 (add-hook 'TeX-after-compilation-finished-functions
        #'TeX-revert-document-buffer)

You can also use C-c C-a to compile and view at the same time. It also compiles bibtech if applicable. Its faster to press than C-c C-c C-c C-c. I ended up inverting the two keybindings

Update 1:

In respons to: why is tex-view-program-list not defined for me?

That variable is defined in the auctex package. It is essentially essential to using latex in emacs.

If it is not installed you should package-install auctex and then place (require 'latex). if you use use-package you can add

(use-package tex-site
  :ensure auctex
  :init
  (require 'latex)
  ;; to use pdfview with auctex
  (setq TeX-view-program-selection '((output-pdf "PDF Tools"))
        TeX-view-program-list '(("PDF Tools" TeX-pdf-tools-sync-view))
        TeX-source-correlate-start-server t) ;; not sure if last line is neccessary

  ;; to have the buffer refresh after compilation
  (add-hook 'TeX-after-compilation-finished-functions
            #'TeX-revert-document-buffer))

Update 2: Strikeout due to suggestion in comments

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  • I've already tried something like that, but the problem is that I don't have any function or variable named TeX-pdf-tools-sync-view, so this doesn't work at all. Do you know why I don't have this name?
    – Spirine
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 19:22
  • I edited my answer with more information
    – Jules
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 20:11
  • Yes I'm using AucTex, installed through apt-get.
    – Spirine
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 20:11
  • Do you have (require 'latex) in your init file?
    – Jules
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 20:14
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    @JulesTamagnan Where did you find the line (require 'latex)? It should be never used explicitly. @Spirine install AUCTeX with Emacs package manager, don't use the outdated version present in repository of your distribution.
    – giordano
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 20:41

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