[tlu] Updating MacTex

Richard Koch koch at uoregon.edu
Tue Jan 25 16:33:47 CET 2022

TeX Live only supports updating the latest version of TeX. You can install MacTeX-2018, but you can only update it manually yourself.

An alternative is to install the latest MacTeX using the Unix install script. This will give you the x86_64-darwinlegacy binaries, which will run on your machine, and the latest packages, and then TeX Live Utility can update the distribution. For an explanation, go to


and read the linked page on using a Unix install script.

Richard Koch
koch at uoregon.edu<mailto:koch at uoregon.edu>

PS: After writing this, I see it is a question to the TeX Live Utility mailing list. Adam Maxwell may give a more definitive answer!

On Jan 25, 2022, at 12:37 AM, Matthias Wischer <matthias_wischer at gmx.de<mailto:matthias_wischer at gmx.de>> wrote:


I’ve got a problem with mit TeX-Distribution and I hope that you can help me. After updating my Mac my Tex does not run properly. When I want to set the text I get errors in several packages. I updated to OSX El Capitan (10.11.6) so I had to reinstall my TeX. I only can use MacTex 2018. The installation was ok. I use TexLiveUtility 1.52. I tried to re-install those packages but I get an error that the version could not be determined. I tried other repositories but the same error. I think I need an repository which supports my ‚old‘ TeX distribution? Could you please help me?

Thanks and greets from Germany

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