The TeX Live package is a comprehensive TeX document production system. It includes TeX, LaTeX2e, ConTeXt, Metafont, MetaPost, BibTeX and many other programs; an extensive collection of macros, fonts and documentation; and support for typesetting in many different scripts from around the world.
This page is for people who wish to use the binary installer to
provide the programs, the scripts, and a lot of supporting files
and documentation. The installer is updated frequently, so its
md5sum will change if it is newer than what is shown below. Newer
versions of the installer are expected to work with these
instructions, for so long as they install to a
This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.6 platform.
Download (HTTP): http://mirror.ctan.org/systems/texlive/tlnet/install-tl-unx.tar.gz
Download MD5 sum: f5b1e909d5c2380cefd2cda83d288c00 (at 20140628)
Download size: 3.2 MB
Estimated disk space required: 3.8 GB
Estimated build time: varies, depending on network speed and traffic
The binaries are mostly linked to static libraries such as
libc.a, but a few of the programs and
several scripts will fail if the following packages are not
ghostscript-9.15 is dynamically loaded by dvisvgm, which is used by asy.
Xorg Libraries and libxcb-1.11 are needed for inimf, mf, pdfclose, pdfopen and xdvixaw. But if you are using asy, or using TeX to create a PDF file, you will need an X Window System (for PDF files, this is to support a PDF viewer of your choice, for example epdfview-0.1.8).
the optional non-wide-character ncurses library (for "some binary-only application") from the bottom of the Ncurses page in LFS is needed for xindy.run which is used by xindy
If you are building on 32-bit x86, the binary version of asy needs
FFTW, GLU-9.0.0 and
: this only requires
libreadline.so.5.2 which can be manually copied
shm/ directory after running
make and then
Python-2.7.9 is used by many scripts. Ruby-2.2.0 is used by some scripts, mostly within mtx_context which is part of conTeXt, but also for one or two others, such as match_parens, which are generally useful.
The TeX Live set of programs with
its supporting documents, fonts, and utilities is very large. The
upstream maintainers recommend placing all files in a single
directory structure. BLFS recommends
As with any other package, unpack the installer and change into its
install-tl-<CCYYMMDD>. This directory name
changes when the installer is updated, so replace <CCYYMMDD>
by the correct directory name.
The distribution binaries installed below use static linking for general linux system libraries. Additional libraries or interpreters as specified in the dependencies section do not need to be present during the install, but the programs that need them will not run until their specific dependencies have been installed.
With all contributed binary software, there may be a mismatch between the builder's toolchain and your hardware. In most of TeX this will probably not matter, but in uncommon corner cases you might hit problems. e.g. if your x86_64 processor does not support 3dnowext or 3dnow, the 2014-06-28 binary failed in conTeXt when running LuaTeX, although lualatex worked, as did the i686 binaries on the same machine. In such cases, the easiest solution is to install texlive from source.
Now, as the
This command is interactive and allows selection or modification of platform, packages, directories, and other options. The full installation scheme will require about 3.8 gigabytes of disk space. The time to complete the download will depend on your internet connection speed and the number of packages selected.
Now proceed to Setting the PATH for TeX Live.
http://mirror.aut.ac.nz/CTAN/systems/texlive/tlnet/: use a
variation of this if you wish to use a different mirror, e.g.
because you are in New Zealand but the installer chooses to use an
Australian mirror. The list of mirrors is at
Last updated on 2015-01-11 21:58:33 +0000