Adding a new package to a latex install on linux

Each time I reinstall linux or change machines, I find myself having to add a bunch of latex packages and style files. I quite often forget exactly how to do this, so here’s a quick guide to installing latex packages for anyone else struggling with the details and also for my future self, next time I upgrade.

  1. Get the package that you want from the Comprehensive Tex Archive Network CTAN http://ctan.org/; for example, if you want the remarkably useful package multibib (allows multiple bibliographies in one document) go here http://ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/multibib.
  2. Download and unzip the zip file containing the entire package
  3. Run latex on the .ins file, which should create a file called .sty
    hannah@pear $ latex multibib.ins
  4. Make a directory for it to go in in your texmf tree
    hannah@pear $ sudo mkdir /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/multibib
  5. Put it in that directory
    hannah@pear $ sudo cp multibib.sty /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/multibib
  6. Run texhash to tell LaTeX to update itself so it finds the new package
    hannah@pear $ sudo texhash

Job done!

2 thoughts on “Adding a new package to a latex install on linux

  1. Dear Hannah,

    your routine still works great. Thanks for posting it!

    Best wishes from Germany
    /Benedikt

  2. Thank you for this post, Hannah! It was the only one on the first Googe results page that actually worked for me.

    Best regards from Chubut, Argentina.
    Luciano.

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