How large is a FULL install of TexLive? (2> and what about the RECOMMENDED install of TeXLive and also MikeTeX?)
Reserved disc space for MiKTeX and/or TeX Live:
Basic Installation: takes minimum of 1.2GB
Full Installation: takes minimum of 4.5GB, but usually less than 5.5GB
Recommended Installation reserves 3.2GB.
I recommend a full installation, so all packages are installed, in case one has no internet connection.
For a full TeXLive:
voss@shania:~> du -h /usr/local/texlive/2016/ [...] 4,9G /usr/local/texlive/2016/
For TeXLive 2018, my computer says
3.9 G by running
du -h /usr/local/texlive/2018/, with
3.7GB taken up by
texmf-dist (of which
1.7GB is taken up by the
doc folder, and
1.4GB by the
If you enable
tlmgr backups feature, this base size will further grow. This is why I am unsure about the above answers. A certain amount of time might have elapsed between when they installed TL on their machines and when this question was answered. The
TL binaries themselves are not that big, about
125 MB in my case.
I'd like to add that I have had no problems compiling a large variety of documents with a custom installation of packages so that the whole distribution weighs under
750 MB (
726 MB as of today). When writing/compiling latex documents, I work offline since it helps me to focus better. I am not sure if installing all the fonts is meaningful anyway, and a common selection is sufficient (
116 MB for me today). Even if a specific font is not available on your computer while you are having no internet access, you may simply substitute the exotic font with the basic ones to get to see the typeset PDF. I have ahad no problems with this approach and I can vouch for this approach since I peer-review latex code of all types (as the graduate school's designated LaTeX GTA) in my university.