I am trying to use tufte-book document class in org-mode. But for some reason, org-mode doesn't let me use it and says it is unrecognized. So I am going to the resulting .tex file and manually changing article to tufte-book. But doing this everytime got worrysome. So I want a way to make org-mode recognize tufte-book. I looked for the manual and found something about org-article class but couldn't make much sense out of it for my own problem.

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By default org-mode only knows about the article, report and book classes. To teach it a new one you have to add an entry to it to org-latex-classes. I'm not familiar with tufte-book but most of the time it suffices to copy the existing values and just change the \documentclass part. Adding something like:

(add-to-list 'org-latex-classes
               ("\\section{%s}" . "\\section*{%s}")
               ("\\subsection{%s}" . "\\subsection*{%s}")
               ("\\subsubsection{%s}" . "\\subsubsection*{%s}")
               ("\\paragraph{%s}" . "\\paragraph*{%s}")
               ("\\subparagraph{%s}" . "\\subparagraph*{%s}")))

to your config file should enable the class

  • Rather than adding this to the config file, it's also possible to use 'customize-variable'. The wizard may make setting these configurations a bit easier.
    – Metropolis
    Commented Jul 5, 2020 at 18:18
  • For some reason I can't get this to work as stated (I'm using straight-use-package)... I think it may have something to do with the order things are loaded. Custom does make it work though. Weird...
    – User12345
    Commented Oct 5, 2021 at 21:09
  • @Metropolis Wizard?
    – jjk
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 21:40
  • Yeah, not good terminology. By 'wizard' I just meant the 'customize-variable' interface.
    – Metropolis
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 22:02

Tom Dye has made Tufte-org-mode for Org-mode export to PDF.

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