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Overleaf v2 FAQ

What is Overleaf v2?

In July 2017, Overleaf and ShareLaTeX joined forces. We’re going to bring the best features and technologies from Overleaf and ShareLaTeX together into a new platform and editor which we’ve called Overleaf v2. You can try out the beta version of Overleaf v2 at v2.overleaf.com.

Will anything change about Overleaf as it is now?

While we work toward the full launch of Overleaf v2, you'll be able to continue to use your Overleaf account and projects exactly as you do now. New and existing partnerships, customers and users will continue as normal, and we will make sure that the transition to Overleaf v2 will be smooth for everyone, without disrupting your workflows.

How can I try Overleaf v2?

You can try out the beta version of Overleaf v2 at v2.overleaf.com.

What's going to happen to ShareLaTeX?

ShareLaTeX will continue to accept new users, customers, and continue to service existing users while we work on combining the best features of both ShareLaTeX and Overleaf into Overleaf v2. The ShareLaTeX editor will be at the core of Overleaf v2, on top of the Overleaf ecosystem.

ShareLaTeX users can now try out Overleaf v2 as part of the public beta, this includes being able to access their ShareLaTeX accounts and projects through Overleaf v2. Eventually all ShareLaTeX users and projects will be seamlessly migrated to Overleaf v2, but only once all of our users have had a chance to give feedback and are happy to move.

We want to take the time to get Overleaf v2 right, with a lot of feedback from you, our users. Both editors are quite complex with many similar features, and working out the best strategy to merge this technology will take some time. We're planning to have Overleaf v2 ready to fully launch in time for the Winter 2018 academic term (i.e. for mid-September/early-October).

Will Overleaf v2 support feature X?

Our top priority with these improvements is making sure that Overleaf has all the features you need to make sure your workflow is not interrupted, and that any transition is smooth for you. If there's a specific concern that you have about a feature in ShareLaTeX or Overleaf, or a concern about how this will affect your workflow, please let us know.

Will I still have access to all of my data?

Yes. Your data will never be deleted, locked behind a paywall, or hidden from you. Both Overleaf and ShareLaTeX have always put users and their data first, and will continue to do so as part of Overleaf v2.

What happens if I have accounts on both Overleaf and ShareLaTeX?

Overleaf v2 is built on the same system as ShareLaTeX, so your ShareLaTeX projects will be available directly in Overleaf v2. When you first sign in to Overleaf v2 with your Overleaf account, if we detect that you have a ShareLaTeX account with the same email address, you will be asked to link these accounts in Overleaf v2. Doing this will not affect your existing Overleaf or ShareLaTeX accounts, but it will allow you to view both your Overleaf and ShareLaTeX projects in Overleaf v2.

What happens to my premium ShareLaTeX / Overleaf Pro account?

Overleaf v2 will support either Overleaf or ShareLaTeX pro accounts, so you will not lose access to any paid features from either platform. We assure you that your premium account in Overleaf v2 will have the equivalent or better features than what you have today. You will not need to make any changes to your account — we will provide you with information if any premium account changes occur.

Will my institutional / publisher / enterprise account continue to work as normal?

Yes. Your account will continue to run exactly as it does now whilst we work on the combined service. We will be in touch with you to offer the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have, and you’ll be consulted for feedback and input as we develop the combined service. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions, or to ask for an update.

Will ShareLaTeX remain open source?

Yes. Both Overleaf and ShareLaTeX are committed to ensuring that all of the open ShareLaTeX code base will remain open source and will continue to be actively developed. Overleaf v2 is built on the same open source code as ShareLaTeX and will also be open source.

Will the ShareLaTeX Server Pro continue to be supported?

Yes. Server Pro will continue to be a core product, with all of the best features of both platforms going forwards.

I have some additional questions. Who should I contact?

Please get in touch with the founders at john@overleaf.com.