I'm looking for the texmaker.ini file inside my MacBook with OS 10.11. Someone could provide information about the position of the file.

  • @Marijn I already tried both!
    – rebatoma
    Oct 20, 2015 at 9:17
  • in the terminal you could try cd / to go to the root of the filesystem and retry the find . -name "texmaker.ini" from there, possibly sudo find . -name "texmaker.ini" if you have sudo (administrator) rights to prevent access denied errors. If it is not found from the root then the file does not exist.
    – Marijn
    Oct 20, 2015 at 9:45
  • I wanted to write a similar comment. Although you should, especially when using privileges, limit the search scope. with -x i.e. "sudo find -x . -name "texmaker.ini"" because else you are going to search wherever the filesystems leads.
    – nonsense
    Oct 20, 2015 at 11:11
  • I tried all the possibilities you (@Marijn and @eject) have suggested but the result provide no file called texmaker.ini.
    – rebatoma
    Oct 31, 2015 at 12:54

1 Answer 1


The texmaker.ini file is created in the user's home and it's stored in


If I do

ls ~/.config/xm1/

the result is

texmaker.ini        texmakerapp.ini

The second file contains just the initialization for the language interface. The start of the first file is



Please, make certain you have write privileges in the ~/.config directory; as discussed in chat, the result of ls -ld ~/.config should output something like

drwx------  11 foouser  staff  374 Oct 31 15:34 /Users/foouser/.config/

where foouser stands for your user name. If it's root, this means the directory has been created by some application under a sudo regime. Just issue

sudo chown foouser ~/.config

(foouser should be what you see as output of whoami) and then

chmod go-rx ~/.config

Check the output of ls -ld ~/.config and, in case, issue the suitable chmod command,

chmod u+rwx ~/.config

This should solve all your issues, because now Texmaker will be able to save the .ini files in the proper place.

  • Hi egreg, thanks for your support. I checked, but in my ~/.config folder there is no /xm1 directory.
    – rebatoma
    Oct 31, 2015 at 14:05
  • @Mattia What version of Texmaker?
    – egreg
    Oct 31, 2015 at 14:07
  • Texmaker 4.4.1 it should be the last released (I reinstall MacTeX (TexLive 2015) and Texmaker after the update to El Capitan).
    – rebatoma
    Oct 31, 2015 at 14:09
  • @Mattia I don't know with OS X 10.11, but with 10.9, upon moving away the ~/.config/xm1 directory, launching Texmaker and quitting it recreates the directory. Anyway, the latest release is 4.5.
    – egreg
    Oct 31, 2015 at 14:12
  • Ok, probably this is related to some changes in paths due to the new OS. Thanks anyway.
    – rebatoma
    Oct 31, 2015 at 14:13

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