I have recently joined the mac club and I am having trouble using pdflatex. I have installed MacTex which should have everything included but when trying to run typeset I receive the error

'/usr/texbin/pdflatex does not exist. TeXShop is a front end for TeX, but you also need a TeX distribution. Perhaps such a distribution was not installed or was removed during a system upgrade. If so, go to http://www.tug.org/mactex/ and follow the instructions to (re)install MacTeX. A less likely possibility is that a tool path is incorrectly configured in TeXShop preferences. This can happen if you are using the macports or fink distributions.'

I have searched for pdflatex and could not find it anywhere...can anyone help me? I have read other forums which say reinstalling MacTex doesn't work and I also did this and it made no difference.

Extra info:

OS 10.10.1 Yosemite I have reasonable experience using linux / terminal

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  • Welcome to TeX-sx! Did you try the 'fix MacTeX' utility from the MacTeX site? – Joseph Wright Jan 28 '15 at 15:51
  • For some reason texbin is a file, not a folder?? I guess that could be the problem? – PaysdeGalles Jan 28 '15 at 17:14
  • @MichaelHemming It should be a link. For example, ls -l /usr gives me lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 63 6 Jun 2014 texbin -> /Library/TeX/Distributions/.DefaultTeX/Contents/Programs/texbin – Joseph Wright Jan 28 '15 at 17:17
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I think I figured it out.

Go into your terminal and type in: which pdftex

You should get some sort of directory where your latex is installed. like: /opt/local/bin/pdftex

What you should do now is to change the directory where TexShop looks.

Do this by going into Preferences > Engine: and changing the path settings to the directory that which pdftex gave out.

I put /opt/local/bin/ and it worked out for me.

Looking around on the internet tells me that this is a macports problem. So you have to change it manually.

  • Ah, macports. Everyone's favorite package manager to hate on :) It's generally advised to not deal with TeX stuff using package managers -- the interdependencies are too complicated for a large-scale manager to really do well. (Aside, homebrew > macports ;).) – Sean Allred Jul 8 '15 at 20:31
  • This didn't work for me, I typed 'which pdftex' into terminal and got no output. – Omar Haque Feb 9 '16 at 14:26
  • which pdflatex returns nothing! – Mona Jalal Sep 12 '17 at 2:40
  • Then LaTeX is probably not installed correctly. – user2047437 Nov 29 '17 at 14:56

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