I need to use an absolute path for my package. One of the folder I use contains a space. I cannot change the name of this folder.

So, how can I use paths containing the space character in usepackage ?


I tried to put my path between double quotes (") but then, Latex tries to open the "<my path>".sty !!

I am using pdftex (I don't know if this info is relevant).

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    Did you try to use quotes? {"foo/other foo/foo"} – Sigur Jun 10 '13 at 14:19
  • You might find your answers here: link – papabravo Jun 10 '13 at 14:20
  • Yes I tried, see the edit – Colas Jun 10 '13 at 14:23
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    The argument to usepackage is a package name not a file path. It sometimes half works (but usually gives a warning) if you use a path (whether or not there is a space) but it is always incorrect usage. – David Carlisle Jun 10 '13 at 14:48
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    @Colas The proper place for local packages in MacTeX is in ~/Library/texmf/ with the proper internal structure. Anything you put there will be found automatically. See How do I add a .sty file to my MacTeX/TeXShop installation? Do you have some reason for not putting local packages there? – Alan Munn Jun 10 '13 at 15:05

The initial statement is false:

I need to use an absolute path for my package.

\usepackage does not take a path at all --- it takes a package name.

Set TEXINPUTS to include the folder in which you have placed mdframed.sty and then just use


For TeX Live and other web2c based systems you can set TEXINPUTS either as an environment variable or (better) in your texmf.cnf file.

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  • Isn't this a bad example given that it would make much more sense to use tlmgr to install it? – cfr Sep 12 '16 at 23:11
  • @cfr not sure why I used that package name, probably I just had it in another answer at the time. Changed to a non standard name. – David Carlisle Sep 13 '16 at 6:47

If you're an expert with the terminal, you can add a symbolic link to the directory with a space in its name:

mkdir -p ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex
ln -s "/path/to/the/folder/with/space in name" ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex/spaceinname

Then simply doing \usepackage{mypackage} will find the file mypackage.sty in the folder with a space in its name. You can use whatever name you prefer instead of spaceinname, so long as it doesn't contain spaces (but it could).

On GNU/Linux systems, the Library/ part should be omitted, it's specific for MacTeX on Mac OS X.

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For example, if the path is /User/Bob/Google\ Drive/file.sty.

I think the simplest way is:

\usepackage{"/Users/Bob/Google\space Drive/file"}

I am using Latex. And it works.

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    \usepackage only takes a package name. If the package uses \ProvidesPackage, then LaTeX will generate a warning, if the name specified in \ProvidesPackage does not match the name in \usepackage. – Heiko Oberdiek Sep 12 '16 at 19:02
  • @HeikoOberdiek But it works for my Latex engine. – Alanthink Sep 12 '16 at 22:50
  • As David said above, it may half-work, but it is wrong and liable to break. If you want to use it yourself, fine. If it breaks, you get to keep all the itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny pieces in the funeral urn of your document. But please don't recommend this to others as they may not want funeral urns. – cfr Sep 12 '16 at 23:09
  • @cfr Thanks for your advice. I may use David's solution. – Alanthink Sep 12 '16 at 23:17

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