Textured films of molybdenum disulfide have been obtained by solid state reaction between the constituents in thin films form when a (200) oriented tungsten sheet is used as substrate. The crystallites have their c axis perpendicular to the plane of the substrate. The annealing conditions are T=1073 K and t=30 min. The films are stoichoimetric and p type. Such highly textured films are achieved without foreign atom addition (Ni, Co…). It appears, as shown by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, that a thin WS2 layer is present at the interface W/MoS2. The crystallization process is discussed by a van der Waals texturation (pseudoepitaxy) onto dangling bond sulfur terminated surfaces, these surfaces being ordered. After characterization of the W/MoS2 structure by x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, an upper electrode of tungsten was deposited by sputtering. The electrical properties of these W/MoS2/W structures have been investigated by analyzing the behavior of the current–voltage characteristics as a function of the measuring temperature. It is shown that an ohmic contact is obtained with a contact resistance smaller than the resistance of the MoS2 film. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.