Getting started with LaTeX on a Mac

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This document is intended to get you started with LaTeX on a Macintosh OS X computer as quickly as possible. There are many alternative ways. Here I picked what seemed simplest and fastest. It is difficult to estimate the overall time required because of varying download and installation times. However, your hands-on time should be well below 30 minutes. Try it out now. It will be new in many ways, but you will probably be convinced by its professional layout and the great LaTeX-related software packages in the end.

Step 1: Get the LaTeX environment

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Download the MacTeX installer (0.8 MB) from the Mac TeX user group and install it on your system.

Step 2: Get a LaTeX editor

See also