# Is there now a canonical ‘how to install packages’ question?

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 May 24 '16 at 14:54
• 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. – Nicola Talbot May 24 '16 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. – Norman Gray May 26 '16 at 12:30
• @NicolaTalbot (and if you were inclined to make that into a brief answer, I'd happily accept it) – Norman Gray May 26 '16 at 12:33
• @NormanGray Okay. Done. – Nicola Talbot May 26 '16 at 12:42

## 1 Answer

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.