Installing LaTeX on Mac
When installing LaTex, two following options are given to users.
- Install MacTeX with builtin editor(TexLive) - (2GB)
- Install BasicTeX only (100MB) + your personal LaTeX editor
Option 1 (Full LaTeX installation with LaTeX editor):
Since MaxTex installs an LaTex editor (TexMaker) already, installing another LaTeX editor is unnecessary.
Option 2 (BasicTeX + Custom LaTeX editor):
Pick one of the following LaTeX editors: LaTex Editor's:
MacTeX vs BasicTeX
MacTeX includes additional programs such as an editor and a BibTeX reference manager that help users to work with TeX outside of the command line. BasicTeX does not include these GUI programs. The trade-off that comes with using BasicTeX is that you will have to download and install additional packages and programs as the need arises- and BasicTeX is so basic that the need will arise. So, after installing BasicTeX you will be faced with the tasks of installing additional programs and installing missing packages.