I try to use arara with TeXShop on my Mac, but I don't understand some steps either javascript, probably because of my english & my programer level.

I create first the arara.engine in the /Engines folder :

export PATH=/usr/texbin:/usr/local/bin:${PATH} 
arara "$1"

I use Tex Live Utility, & the package arara exists. OK.

I install the arara-3.0-installer.jar with the cross-platform installer. Ok.

I put all files from sources in my computer. Ok. But I don't agree the step with Apache Maven, it just seemed too complicated… & isn't it to program complicated things ? :( So !

I choose the compilation mode arara & I just put in preamble :

% arara: xelatex
% arara: makeglossaries
% arara: xelatex -shell-escape
% arara: xelatex

& nothing. What I missed ? Thanks


There is already an arara engine in TeXShop, and arara is already installed as part of TeXLive. Move the arara engine from the ~/Library/TeXShop/Engines/Inactive folder to the Engines folder itself. Then restart TeXShop.

In your document add the line:

% !TEX TS-program = arara

in addition to your arara lines and things should just work.

You can get TeXShop to add this line for you by using the Program choice in the Macros menu.

(Or choose the arara engine from the dropdown menu next to the Typeset button)

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  • I haven't restart TeXShop, but now he said: - /Users/~/Library/TeXShop/Engines/arara.engine has no active execution bit - Now I have to configure this engine file, isn't it ? – Zouib May 6 '14 at 18:05
  • So I don't need this program arara-3.0-installer.jar and using Maven… Ok – Zouib May 6 '14 at 18:08
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    No, you shouldn't need to use the installer at all. And if you use the pre-installed arara engine, this error shouldn't arise. For the engine you created, you need to set the executable bit on the file. In a Terminal window you need to do chmod +x ~/Library/TeXShop/Engines/arara.engine. – Alan Munn May 6 '14 at 18:22
  • It is a success ! Thank you for this lesson ;) I lost a day trying to understand something simple. Thanks – Zouib May 6 '14 at 18:48
  • Hi Alan , I need some help on glossary creation.I have also tried to install arara. I can see a drop down menu arara on my TeXshop. However I could not perform a makeglossaries command on arara prompt. Please advise. – mark Nov 21 '14 at 1:51

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