# Does standalone LaTeX exist?

Is there a standalone version of LaTeX that might run of, say, a USB stick? So a version that doesn't need installing. I am looking for something to run under Windows.

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 This has already been posted at stackoverflow.com/questions/9233402/does-standalone-latex-exist (which you might think should be migrated to an appropriate site rather than reposted). – N.N. Feb 10 '12 at 19:41 @N.N Yes, sorry about that. I didn't know that you could migrate like that. I will do that next time this happens. – Thomas Feb 10 '12 at 19:55 If you want a tiny file, you can use mathjax(mathjax.org), with this file (jsfiddle.net/Zky72/2). But you shall need an internet connection. – Manishearth Feb 11 '12 at 5:39

## migrated from superuser.comFeb 10 '12 at 21:06

I guess you're looking for USBTeX: http://www.exomatik.net/U-Latex/USBTeXEnglish

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It looks as if this is a windoze only solution. – Marc van Dongen Feb 11 '12 at 0:03
@MarcvanDongen: Of course, since the OP explicitly asked for it. – Karolos Feb 11 '12 at 0:04
Thanks for clarifying. I just wanted to add the comment because some answers are for multiple platforms. – Marc van Dongen Feb 11 '12 at 0:05
OK. I didn't think about that. Good point :) – Karolos Feb 11 '12 at 0:06

TeXLive has options for running from a USB stick.

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This solution is for multiple OSs. – Marc van Dongen Feb 11 '12 at 0:04

MikTex Portable is exactly what you want. It is a "portable" version of MiKTeX, one of the major TeX distributions, by the MiKTeX project itself. It's the first thing to try before considering repackaged distributions.

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It would be great if the answer would contain more than just a link, such as a short information what MiKTeX Portable offers. An edit would be nice, for future readers. – Stefan Kottwitz Feb 10 '12 at 22:55

The Knoppix DVD has LaTeX, Kile, and even Lyx pre-installed. It will run in VMWare, VirtualBox, or any other virtualization software.

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 Would you be able to provide a link to the software? – Werner Feb 12 '12 at 0:26 You can download the ISO image knoppix.net/get.php. Be advised this is an entire operating system, which runs from the DVD. You can boot into it outright, or just run it in a Virtual Machine. OSDisc.org and other vendors (linked to on distrowatch.com) can send you a DVD for cheap. – Mark Hornberger Feb 13 '12 at 17:52