Installing Compiled Distributions

Downloading a Compiled Distribution from TUG

MacTeX is an install package from the Tex User Group (TUG). It installs everything you need to edit and compile LaTeX. Beware: it's a large download (~1.2 GB). Uses Apple's standard installer.

For using phonetic characters usepackage tipa (is also installed). Codes are available in the TIPA manual at TIPA Manual v1.3.

Downloading a Compiled Distribution from Fink

Fink is a repository for Apple versions of common UNIX tools. The fink installer allows you to search for, download, and install various software packages, including LaTeX.

Though Fink is primarily a source installer, many of the Fink packages also come in binary form which you can download and install without having to build them. Fink provides a tool called dselect that downloads binary packages.

Downloading a Compiled Distribution from i-Installer

i-Installer is a network-aware installer application for OS X 10.2 and higher. It provides an installation framework for various utilities, inlcuding LaTeX.

Installing from CD

You can purchase Tex Collection CDs from the Tex Users' Group.

Installing from Source

Using the Fink Package Manager

Fink is a repository for Apple versions of common UNIX tools. The fink installer allows you to search for, download, and install various software packages, including LaTeX.

  1. Install Fink following the directions on the website.
  2. Ensure that the OS X developer tools are installed on your machine.
    1. Locate the XCode installer. If your purchased an OS X upgrade in the store, you'll have a developer tools CD. If you are using the version of OS X that came installed on your machine, search the harddrive for the Xcode installer.
    2. Install XCode. Do a custom install and make sure to include the X11 SDK package.
  3. In a terminal window type fink list tetex. This will show a list of all LaTeX-related packages that fink provides. The one you want is called tetex. To install it type fink install tetex. Fink will prompt you with various questions about your computer's configuration. You can always take the defaults it suggests. Fink will then download tetex and various related packages, build and install them. This may take up to an hour or two. The terminal window will be filled with incomprehensible compiler output that you can ignore. When this is done, you will have a LaTeX distribution beneath the /sw directory. You can run latex from the command prompt.

If you have problems, the fink FAQ is pretty helpful.

Using the Fink Package Manager with OS 10.5

  1. From the Fink website (10/26/2007 - for initial Leopard support): ''10.5 users who are starting a new Fink tree will need to do this via bootstrap, until a binary distribution gets generated. Download fink-0.27.8 here. Instructions for installation here:
  2. Run the ./bootstrap after you untar it the download in your home directory. Provide permissions and deal with settings (defaults seem to work).
  3. Run script to set path: /sw/bin/
  4. Close and restart terminal.
  5. Follow instructions above. If fink list tetex shows you etwa 154 packages and fink install tetex fails, try fink selfupdate-rsync and then run fink update-all. In my case, fink list tetex now displays results ''Information about 2467 packages...''. fink install tetex asked about which type of Ghostscript should be installed. Good luck.

-- BillMcNeill - 22 Jan 2005

-- StevenMoran - 13 Nov 2007

Topic revision: r5 - 2009-02-03 - 14:52:42 - mtepper

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