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  1. TeX on Mac OS X This is the R&A page on installing, configuring and running TeX on Mac OS X using i-Installer for the installation. It contains links to the current distribution and information that I think is useful for TeX users on Mac OS X.
  2. TeXMaker for Mac combines a lot of features and tools in just one easy-to-use application. The app is well designed and offers many built-in shortcuts that you can use to improve your productivity.
  3. MacTeX is a free redistribution of TeX Live, a typesetting environment based on TeX.While TeX Live is designed to be cross-platform (running on Unix, macOS, and Windows), MacTeX includes Mac-specific utilities and front-ends (such as TeXShop and BibDesk). It is also pre-configured to work out-of-the-box with macOS, as it provides sensible defaults for configuration options that, in TeX Live.

MiKTeX for Mac is distributed as a disk image (.dmg) file. If you double click the disk image file, you will see a Finder window:

MacTeX installs TeX Live, which contains TeX, LaTeX, AMS-TeX, and virtually every TeX-related style file and font. TeX Live is maintained by TeX User Groups across the world. TeX Live is compiled from the same sources for all platforms: Macintosh, Windows, Linux, Unix. MacTeX also the GUI programs TeXShop and LaTeXiT.

To install MiKTeX, simply drag the MiKTeX icon onto the Applications shortcut icon. This will install the MiKTeX Console application and essential support files (executables, frameworks, configuration files).

Finishing the setup

Before you can use MiKTeX, you have to finish the setup. Click the MiKTeX Console icon in Launchpad to start MiKTeX Console:

Now is the time to make a decision:

Do you want to set up a private (for you only) TeX installation, or do you want to set up a shared (system-wide) TeX installation?

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You probably want to choose the first option.

The second option makes sense if you are the administrator of a multi-user system. If this is the case and if you expect that some of your users would like to work with MiKTeX, then you should install MiKTeX system-wide.

Click one of the two buttons if you have made your decision.

Upgrade option

If you have just installed MiKTeX, then you have the option to upgrade your installation to a standard TeX system. Just click the Upgrade button. Please be aware that this starts a ~200MB download.

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Alternatively, you can turn on the auto-install feature and let MiKTeX install missing packages on-the-fly. This will help you to keep your TeX installation as minimal as possible (“Just enough TeX”).


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Fixing PATH issues

Executables like luatex have been installed in ~/bin. This folder is usually not in the search path for executables, i.e., two additional steps might be necessary:

  1. Add the ~/bin directory to the environment variable PATH (see here, for details).
  2. If you use TeXshop, you have to set some preferences (see here, for details).
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Removing MiKTeX

You can remove MiKTeX completely from your system. To do so, open a Terminal window and run these commands:


  1. run miktexsetup cleanup to remove MiKTeX files which have been created in your home directory
  2. if MiKTeX has been installed system-wide, run sudo miktexsetup --shared=yes cleanup to remove MiKTeX files which have been created outside your home directory
  3. run sudo rm -fr /Applications/MiKTeX Console.app to remove the application files