# What size should MacTex be? I'm trying to download it and it's huge! [duplicate]

I'm totally new to LaTeX and similar programs. I'm actually trying to get started with LyX as I want something easy to use and basic.

I'm trying to download the MacTeX 'distribution' (I think that's the name for it), but it requires 4.33GB! This seems very large. Is this the correct size for the distribution, or can I find something smaller elsewhere?

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## marked as duplicate by Sean Allred, Heiko Oberdiek, Jubobs, Werner, Charles StewartJan 14 '14 at 20:31

I guess that you can install a basic version, not the complete scheme. –  Sigur Jan 14 '14 at 19:22
Thanks Sigur. Is 4.33GB the correct size for the file, then? –  nathan glass Jan 14 '14 at 19:24
Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. –  Jubobs Jan 14 '14 at 19:24
For the complete scheme, yes. With it you will have all the packages to use. –  Sigur Jan 14 '14 at 19:25
Wow, that's absolutely huge. Thanks again. –  nathan glass Jan 14 '14 at 19:25

The MacTeX.pkg file available at http://tug.org/mactex/downloading.html is 2.3GB. It will expand to much larger than that. 4.33GB is probably right.

Once you've installed, you can use the TeX Live Utility to update the system, or add new packages.

If you want something smaller, you can look at BasicTeX: http://tug.org/mactex/morepackages.html

You can install BasicTeX with the TeX Live Utility to customize your system to your liking.

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According to tug.org (the website of the Tex User Group) the package should approximately be 2.3GB

You could consider downloading BasicTex, a stripped down version of MacTex (~90 MB), and add packages you need using the Tex Live manager which is included.

Regards,

Ernst Jan