TeX and LaTeX

Windows XP, Vista, and 7


  1. Go to http://miktex.org and download the latest version.
  2. Run the installer.
  3. Install for all users.
  4. Select where you want MikTex to be installed. If the default location is fine, click next.
  5. Select your preferred paper size and install.

To test, open a command prompt and type texify;  you should receive out put similar to : texify: Missing file argument.

TeXnicCenter (a GUI TeX Editor):  

Note: MikTex must be installed for TeXnicCenter to work.

  1. Go to http://www.texniccenter.org/resources/downloads/ and download the TeXnicCenter Installer.
  2. Run the installer.
  3. Select where you want TeXnicCenter to be installed. If the default location is fine, click next.
  4. Select the Typical components and install.

After installation, TeXnicCenter must be configured to use MikTex. The Configuration Wizard will prompt you for the distribution directory.

Select the location you installed MikText\miktex\bin.

Typically this will look like: C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\bin or C:\Program Files (x86)\MiKTeX2.9/miktex/bin

On the PostScript-Viewer configuration page, the form can be left blank.

Mac OS


  1. Download the current distribution of MacTeX from http://www.tug.org/mactex/.
  2. Run the installer.  

To test your MacTex installation:

  1. Open a terminal.
  2. Type latex -version
  3. You should receive output similar to: pdfTeX 3.1415926-1.40.10-2.2 (TeX Live 2009)

TeXShop (a GUI TeX editor):

NOTE: MacTeX must be installed for TeXShop to work.

  1. Go to http://pages.uoregon.edu/koch/texshop/obtaining.html and download the Latest TeXShop.
  2. Double click the zip file if it did not unzip automatically, and open the TeXShop folder. Drag TeXShop to the Applications folder. Or: create the folder /Applications/TeX and install TeXShop there.