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.

A separate page describes installing/updating packages after the original installation. Another page describes highlights of changes in this release.

Additional manuals

Overviews of the TeX Live Installer (install-tl) and TeX Live Manager (tlmgr) are also available.

Online 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 hundreds of manuals of all kinds (including all the above)—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.

Supported systems

Binaries for the following systems are included in this year's release:
alpha-linux DEC Alpha with GNU/Linux
amd64-freebsd x86_64 with FreeBSD
amd64-kfreebsd x86_64 with GNU/FreeBSD
i386-cygwin Intel x86 with Cygwin
i386-freebsd Intel x86 with FreeBSD
i386-kfreebsd Intel x86 with GNU/FreeBSD
i386-linux Intel x86 with GNU/Linux
i386-netbsd Intel x86 with NetBSD
i386-solaris Intel x86 with Solaris
mips-irix SGI IRIX
powerpc-aix PowerPC with AIX
powerpc-linux PowerPC with GNU/Linux
sparc-linux Sparc with GNU/Linux
sparc-solaris Sparc with Solaris
universal-darwin   (MacOSX for both PowerPC and x86; bash.dmg available for bootstrap)
win32 Windows
x86_64-darwin x86_64 with MacOSX/Darwin
x86_64-linux x86_64 with GNU/Linux
x86_64-solaris x86_64 with Solaris

If you can help by providing binaries for systems not listed here, please see the TeX Live build information.

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:


$Date: 2010/12/21 22:14:29 $; TeX Live;