File Extension

# DVI File Format

##### Device Independent Document (TeX) (LaTeX)

DVI is a file extension for the output files used with TeX LaTeX software. DVI stands for DeVice Independent file.

DVI files contain binary data that describe the visual layout of a document, not relying on any particular image format, display device or printer. DVI files can't be read directly by TeX compatible software, instead relying on a DVI driver to interpret the data.

DVI files differ from Postscript and PDF documents in that they lack support for embedded fonts. DVI files can be opened by TeX compatible software such as LaTeX, MikTeX, Xdvi and Windvi.

MIME type: application/x-dvi

Visit the LaTeX Project web page.

This was last updated in August 2010
Editorial Director Margaret Rouse