This section will give installation instructions for PC and Mac users as well as a new cloud based solution for LaTeX typesetting.

Why we need installation

LaTeX can be run from the command line with a text editor and properly installed programs, however, I recommend using a LaTeX environment. This will simplify matters and also provide a development environment with useful properties such as syntax highlighting, compiling macros, etc.

PC - MikTeX

  1. Go to
  2. Download recommended installer.
  3. Install downloaded package.
  4. Ready to LaTeX!


Mac - MacTeX and TeXShop

  1. Go to
  2. On the frontpage is the download link for the latest package. Install this package in the normal manner.
  3. Go to
  4. Go to the obtaining section,download, and install
  5. Make sure that the Path setting under the "Engine" tab in TeXShop preferences is set to "usr/textbin," this should be done automatically. There is also a chance that your particular configuration requires a different configuration, however, this is system specific and cannot be covered here.
  6. Ready to LaTeX!


Cloud - ShareLaTeX

  1. Go to
  2. Make an account
  3. Ready to LaTeX!

When you have chosen your particular environment, type the following code and attempt to compile it.

This is my first \LaTeX document!  
I can write equations!

Click below to see correct output.

Rendered Example ››

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I personally use MikTeX for my own purposes, however, this is mostly a matter of not changing old habits and a temperamental internet connection. Sites such as ShareLaTeX and cloud processing in general are the future of LaTeX typesetting and have several amazing features such as shared document editing and integration with cloud storage.

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