I have a weird problem with LaTeXiT 2.8.0 on MAC 10.11.5

It isn't rendering anymore. Even a simple \alpha isn't shown although there is no error message. I tried all different modes like Align, Display, Inline, Text and even Auto.

Rendering doesn't work

Drag and drop my old formulas from the built-in bibliography will work, formulas are rendered correctly, but pressing "LaTeX it!" button will dismiss the content without any error messages.

Can anyone help me, please?

  • Did you recently update to El Capitan? – Herb Schulz Jun 9 '16 at 16:55
  • No, I didn't update to El Capitan but I did an update using the TeX Live Utility. – J.E.K Jun 10 '16 at 7:36

After flailing around with this problem, I have discovered that you must first follow the instructions referenced on the "Upgrading for El Capitan" page: upgrade LaTeXit to 2.7.5, and then open the "Preferences/Typesetting" pane and clicking the "Reset..." button. This finds the locations for the installed pdflatex and Ghostscript.

However, there is one more step needed. The default Ghostscript call is listed as:


if you replace this with:


the problem is solved.

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! On my recent installation of TeX Live 2016, /usr/local/bin/gs is a symbolic link to /usr/local/bin/gs-X11. I don't know whether the installer looks whether XQuartz is installed on the machine and decides consequently. – egreg Jun 9 '16 at 20:38
  • Thanks for your kind welcome. I'd still appreciate an answer to the question I asked below, that you deleted. I am not trying to be negative, I really am asking for my future edification. – Glen Jun 9 '16 at 20:44
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    Oddly, on my install, /usr/local/bin/gs is a simlink to usr/local/Cellar/ghostscript/9.19/bin/gs. Apparently, homebrew replaced the default simlink with its own. Or something. – Glen Jun 9 '16 at 20:47
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    This is not a forum; the space below questions is reserved for answers. Please ask a new question and link to this one. – egreg Jun 9 '16 at 20:47
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    @Glen: Thanks for response. Replacing the path for Ghostscript call to usr/local/bin/gs solved the problem – J.E.K Jun 10 '16 at 7:48

Am using El (Horrible) Capitan and I had the same problem. The only thing that solved my problem was:

$ brew link --overwrite ghostscript

How I found it? I opened the terminal typed:

$ gs

The output was

GPL Ghostscript 9.16: Can't find initialization file gs_init.ps.


Please go to http://www.tug.org/mactex/sierra.html and read the information there as well as the `Updating for El Capitan' document linked there.

Note: the original link (http://www.tug.org/mactex/elcapitan.html) was broken.

  • Thanks for your response. I followed the instructions 'MacTeX-2015 and El Capitan' and found that everything was already set to the right path. So there is still the same problem... no rendering, no error messages. – J.E.K Jun 10 '16 at 7:41
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    Finally changing the Ghostscript path to usr/local/bin/gs solved the problem. – J.E.K Jun 10 '16 at 7:50
  • If you had xQuartz when you installed MacTeX make sure it's updated to the latest version under El Capitan. – Herb Schulz Jun 13 '16 at 20:13
  • @HerbSchulz == authoritative source. – jvriesem Oct 19 '19 at 16:02

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