This section is devoted to a template bundle which I developed for the typesetting system LaTeX. The first version of the template was released in early 2006. From the feedback and postcards I received so far, it seems to be in heavy use all over the world!

Note: This software is released under the GNU General Public License.

The LyX port of classicthesis is maintained by Nick Mariette and Ivo Pletikosić. Thanks, Nick and Ivo!

Beta-versions can be found irregularly at classicthesis' Google Code project website.


Due to an increasing number of rather unnecessary e-mail requests: If you encounter problems with classicthesis or have any questions, please make sure...

  • ...that you have checked whether classicthesis' manual or the wiki already answers your questions, e.g., with respect to the "drafting" option etc.
  • check whether the problem lies with classicthesis or with your configuration of one of the many packages that classicthesis loads. These packages come all with manuals of their own, offering plenty of information how to adapt them to your needs, e.g., the acronym package etc.
  • ...that you use the issue tracking system only for reporting bugs and not for general questions.
  • contact me by e-mail only in urgent cases relating to classicthesis. Do not use my university address, but miede (at-sign)

General feedback, suggestions for improvements, and bug reports are highly appreciated. But please understand that I am not your personal LaTeX e-mail support. Questions already answered in the manual/wiki/etc. or about non-classicthesis topics will be deleted. Thanks for understanding and respecting this.


The main goals of the template are:

  1. Providing students with an easy-to-use template for their Master's or PhD thesis. (Though it might also be used by other types of authors for reports, books, etc.)
  2. Providing authors with a classic, high quality typographic style which is inspired by Robert Bringhurst's "The Elements of Typographic Style".

These goals are achieved by using a highly modular document structure, splitting the data and the layout information into separate pieces which can be modified and used independently of each other. For example, this enables you to use just the nice layout style for other projects, such as your Curriculum Vitæ, letters, etc.