TeX Live documentation

After you obtain the TeX Live distribution, please read the documentation for TeX Live, which includes installation instructions for Unix and Windows. For MacOSX, we recommend installing MacTeX, which contains all of TeX Live (and more).

The TeX Live guide is available in several languages and formats:

If you don't care to read documentation, and just want to install everything, try this quick Unix install recipe, and/or installation for Windows, and/or MacTeX for MacOSX.

Separate pages describe installing/updating packages after the original installation and contributing new packages. Another page describes highlights of changes in this release.

Additional manuals

Components of TeX Live: TL installer (install-tl) - TL manager (tlmgr);
and, for developers: building TL (pdf).

Links to additional information and documentation for some of the basic components of the TeX system:
web2c - tds - pdftex - kpathsea - dvips.

TeX Live also includes all the documentation that the individual package and program authors have provided, mostly in the texmf*/doc subdirectories. The top-level doc.html file in the distribution has a comprehensive listing, including the manuals above.

Supported systems

If you can help by providing binaries for systems not listed here, please see the TeX Live build information. Binaries for the following systems are included in this year's release:

amd64-freebsd x86_64 with FreeBSD
amd64-netbsd x86_64 with NetBSD
armel-linux(*) ARM with GNU/Linux (Android)
armhf-linux ARMhf with GNU/Linux (RPi)
i386-cygwin Intel x86 with Cygwin
i386-darwin Intel x86 with MacOSX legacy (10.5-10.6)
i386-freebsd Intel x86 with FreeBSD
i386-linux Intel x86 with GNU/Linux
i386-netbsd Intel x86 with NetBSD
i386-solaris Intel x86 with Solaris
powerpc-darwin PowerPC with MacOSX legacy (10.5)
powerpc-linux(*) PowerPC with GNU/Linux
sparc-solaris Sparc with Solaris
win32 Windows
x86_64-cygwin x86_64 with Cygwin
x86_64-darwin x86_64 with MacOSX/Darwin current
x86_64-darwinlegacy x86_64 with MacOSX legacy (10.6-10.9)
x86_64-linux x86_64 with GNU/Linux
x86_64-solaris x86_64 with Solaris

(*) Marked platforms are omitted from the DVD, but are available as usual via a network install.

Translations for install-tl and tlmgr

The messages in the TeX Live installer and TeX Live Manager are available in various languages (when running in GUI mode only; we want to keep text mode as simple as possible). If your language is not available and you want to help by providing a translation:


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