I prefer to use
pgfplots for my plotting needs, but I tend to use LaTeX for my documents as well, so I have the full TeX Live installed. I'd like to convince my friends/lab mates/colleagues to use
pgfplots as well, instead of Gnuplot or MATLAB or Origin or...
What are the minimal requirements to install
pgfplots in a "standalone" manner, and what procedure should I follow to install this on a computer with no TeX distribution installed? I would prefer to use a
.zip file that can be unzipped and any binaries added to the system path, rather than trying to install a minimal TeX distribution, since (I think!) that will be the easiest procedure, similar to installing Gnuplot with an installer.
Let's assume for now that I want PDF output with support for system fonts (i.e.
unicode-math preferred). I presume the procedure will be similar to creating a portable installation (e.g., on a USB stick), but those instructions will install all of TeX Live, when I just want
This question asks about installing the
pgfplots package in the home directory, so is related, but does not include the
*latex binaries: How can I install pgfplots on the home directory with or without sudo rights?