I used MiKTeX 2.9 on windows.
I have downloaded a package I want to install from the internet (manually, not through MiKTeX). The archive (*.lmza) containing the package was saved to a directory on my C:\ drive.
Through MikTeX -> Maintenance -> Settings -> Packages -> Change...
I can select the directory in which I have saved the archive containing the package.
However, if I choose Packages shall be installed from a directory and choose the location of the package, I get this error message:
C:\my\package\is\here does not seem to be a local package repository.
What does it take for a directory/folder to become a local package repository?


In addition to any package archive you store in any directory, at least these three other files need to be present:


These three contain the complete package list. Once those archives are present, the directory/folder can be specified as local package repository

These CURRENT archives can be found at CTAN.
Use this Link above and in browser search for miktex-zz

  • And where did you find these files? – Kore-N Jul 5 '17 at 14:44
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    @Kore-N see my edit – Schorsch Jul 5 '17 at 23:30
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    I also had to add miktex-zzdb3-2.9.tar.lzma - from ctan. I don't know why it didn't get downloaded with the option --package-set=complete download....?!?!? – gilu Jan 8 '19 at 6:06

Though I used MiKTeX Net Installer to download all the packages but still following file was missing:


and I got the same error message, as posted in the question then I downloaded the missing file from following Website. http://ftp.uni-bayreuth.de/packages/TeX/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/

Now I can install a package from the local repository.

Thanks a lot.

  • The approved location of that file is in the accepted answer your location is a specific mirror and may not always be available – user170109 Apr 14 '19 at 19:04

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