I'm trying to integrate Asymptote into my TeXShop, which I have been unsuccessful in so far. I've tried the instructions given in the document Integrating Asymptote and TeXShop for Mac OS X, but once I get to the cd asymptote-x.xx part, my terminal says

-bash: cd: asymptote-2.35: No such file or directory

From here I'm kind of stuck. I'm kind of a noob at computers, and I don't really know what .tgz, or .tar, or like the usr folder is (created after I enter the tar -xf asymptote-x.xx.src.tar command into terminal).

Can anyone help me to install Asymptote and integrate it into TeXShop?

Some stuff about computer and programs:

  • TeXShop: Version 3.51
  • OS: OSX 10.9.5, Mavericks (I think)
  • Asymptote Version: 2.35.i386.tgz is the version I'm trying to install I believe.
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    If you install MacTeX it will include Asymptote. Anything else is overly complicated. Oct 18, 2015 at 7:04
  • The instructions in the document you link to are overly complicated. I suggest the following instead. First, install MacTeX--full installation--if you haven't already. Then, follow the much simpler instructions at tex.stackexchange.com/a/62350/484. Oct 24, 2015 at 15:37

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TeXShop has an asymtotemk engine that will automatically deal with asymptote. By default it's inactive. Please look at the Help->TeXShop Tips and Tricks document for some information on how to activate that engine (as well as others) and how to have TeXShop automatically use that engine

  • For anyone else struggling to get this solution to work, note that it failed for me until I removed all spaces from my LaTeX document filename, at which point it began working. (By "fail" I mean silently not including the asymptote figure(s) in the typeset PDF document.)
    – Nathan
    Oct 26, 2018 at 11:52

I was trying to setup asymptote, Latex and TexEditor for AOPS and came across the issue with Mac installs. After trying couple of other options, I think TexShop is the easiest and simple method to install. In step 2 of http://asymptote.sourceforge.net/TeXShopAndAsymptote.pdf, once you finish the second statement (tar -xf asymptote-x.xxx.src.tar), you can proceed to step 3. I spent a ton of time rebuilding with errors and thats not required at all.

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    While the link you posted is certainly useful, posting links as an answer is discouraged on this site. Perhaps you could summarize the information found at this link and present them in a short example. Feb 23, 2016 at 8:31
  • TexShop has an Asymptote engine in fact. May 22, 2016 at 10:40

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