I'm having difficulty in figuring out how to install the TikZ package on my mac (i just need to draw some diagrams under the environment {tikzpicture}), the file that I have downloaded (http://sourceforge.net/projects/pgf/) is not just a .sty file. There are lot of files inside the folder. Furthermore, I have only installed MacTeX.

Sorry if the question is trivial and thanks in advance.

  • 1
    TikZ is installed as part of MacTeX as standard: have you tried to use it before messing about with extra downloads?
    – Joseph Wright
    Dec 31, 2013 at 10:38
  • @JosephWright Yes, but apparently it's not installed. Dec 31, 2013 at 10:39
  • 1
    Did you do a full MacTeX install? If so and if TikZ is missing then something has gone wrong with the installation. What exactly did you try to see if it's installed?
    – Joseph Wright
    Dec 31, 2013 at 10:40
  • @JosephWright Yes and I tried to include the package tikz but it does not identify it when compiling. Dec 31, 2013 at 10:44
  • If \listfiles\documentclass{article}\usepackage{tikz}\begin{document}\end{document} doesn't work then you've got a defective installation. I'd be tempted to remove it and try again: there are probably other issues lurking.
    – Joseph Wright
    Dec 31, 2013 at 10:48

2 Answers 2


You could start Tex Live Utility (a program on your mac and part of MacTeX) and update all packages.

  • 3
    As MacTeX does a full install of TeX Live, not having TikZ suggests something has gone wrong. Hence my suggestion to reinstall: you've no idea what else might be wrong.
    – Joseph Wright
    Dec 31, 2013 at 14:37

Sorry. This is a wrong answer. tikzit is an TikZ/PGF editor, not TikZ/PGF.

You can install TikZ throgh Homebrew

brew install --cask tikzit

tikzit — Homebrew Formulae

  • This is wrong, TikZit is a different tool, TikZ is a (La)TeX library.
    – user202729
    Jul 2, 2022 at 15:43

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .