A common user question is ‘how do I install a package on platform X?’ There are a couple of hints of this on here, such as a simple ‘adjust TEXINPUTS’ question and an apt-get install question, and there's a ‘should we consolidate “how to install” questions’ meta-question. But I can't find a high-rep general answer, and the meta-question, though it has a good answer drafted, doesn't seem to have made it to the main site in a few years. Have I just failed to find such a question?

I thought there'd be masses of duplicates of this question, but on reflection I can see why (pace my first sentence) this might not be as common as I'd have guessed: most people probably install pretty complete LaTeX installations rather than a bare-bones+tlmgr installation; and very few people will install packages from author tarballs.

My particular motivation is that I pointed to a beta version of a package in an answer, whereupon the questioner (reasonably enough) asked ‘fine, but how do I install that?’ I almost pointed towards Robin's venerable UK TeX FAQ answer, but thought I could surely do better.

  • there are many questions already about vanilla and official installations with screenshots though I can't search on the phone right now
    – percusse
    Commented May 24, 2016 at 14:54
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    I think the best place for such a list of questions is in the Installing answer of the Often referenced questions post. There are already 9 questions listed there. Commented May 24, 2016 at 17:52
  • @NicolaTalbot Thanks – that's a good location. I thought I'd done a reasonably diligent search of the tex.se site, but it came up with little that was useful. Commented May 26, 2016 at 12:30
  • @NicolaTalbot (and if you were inclined to make that into a brief answer, I'd happily accept it) Commented May 26, 2016 at 12:33
  • @NormanGray Okay. Done. Commented May 26, 2016 at 12:42

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On the meta site the Often referenced questions post is the best place for lists of useful questions. This includes the Installing section, which lists the canonical "How to install" questions.

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