Installing LaTeX on Elementary OS

last updated Jan 8, 2017

Elementary OS does not include LaTeX in its “AppCenter”, so it has to be installed from Terminal or from a more advanced package manager.

The simplest way to install it is to install the entire texlive package, which installs a number of core LaTeX libraries. It’s a hefty install, coming in at 651 MB, but it ensures that you’ll have most of the libraries you’ll need to write halfway-decent LaTeX documents and the essential command-line tools (pdflatex, for example).

So, open up Terminal and run:

sudo apt install texlive

And you’re done.