[OS X TeX] Installing TeX for 1st Time

Alan Munn amunn at msu.edu
Sun Apr 20 23:26:16 EDT 2008

At 10:50 PM -0400 4/20/08, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>On Apr 20, 2008, at 8:43 PM, Ron Olson wrote:
>>I got a new Mac and am trying to install TeX on my new MacBookPro.  
>>I didn't know there were so many versions of TeX.  It looks like 
>>the TeX software is already on this machine and am trying to figure 
>>how to install it.
>The latter looks a bit confusing to me but, in any case, I am 
>"install challenged" so I will leave this to others.
>>So, my first question is which TeX do I install?
>As far as that goes, it mostly depends on how adventurous you are 
>and the sky is the limit. On the other hand, to get you started you 
>might wish to read a piece I once wrote on the subject.

Unfortunately, this is now a little out of date.

By far the easiest way to install TeX is to download the MacTeX 
package.  Everything you need can be found here:


It's a big download, but a very easy install.


Alan Munn 
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