I'm using TexShop (2.43 on 10.6) to manage LaTeX, but have the following error:

! LaTeX Error: File 'uarial.sty' not found.

I tried to use the approach in this question with


But apparently, uarial.sty isn't already installed. It is definitely a CTAN package, and I don't see any relevant packages in TeX Live's download list. What package should I look for in the download list, as the downloads are taking forever? Or is there some other way I should be using?

I attempted to install the non-free fonts. To do so, I've done this:

  1. Downloaded install-getnonfreefonts from the link @MarcoDaniel provided.
  2. created the following script to avoid having to edit my own path:


#script to run the font installer once it's in the directory export PATH=/usr/local/texlive/2010/bin/x86_64-darwin:$PATH

exec texlua ~/Downloads/install-getnonfreefonts

  1. Ran that script as sudo, got this output:
    Detected System: x86_64-darwin
    Detected Installation: /usr/local/texlive/2010
    Installing texmf/scripts/getnonfreefonts/getnonfreefonts.pl ...          [done]
    Installing texmf/doc/man/man1/getnonfreefonts.1 ...                      [done]
    Installing texmf/doc/man/man1/getnonfreefonts-sys.1 ...                  [done]
    Installing texmf/doc/man/man1/getnonfreefonts.man1.pdf ...               [done]
    Installing texmf/doc/man/man1/getnonfreefonts-sys.man1.pdf ...           [done]
    md5sum: cdc91dd4b6bea936a013a16836421a0b getnonfreefonts.pl ...            [ok]
    md5sum: f850d910dd96ee27cecdb3772047d247 getnonfreefonts.1 ...             [ok]
    md5sum: fb2b0f7699db8e627d4e26b730e94928 getnonfreefonts-sys.1 ...         [ok]
    md5sum: 415b51f7c80a4abe8d0a667a04c9d525 getnonfreefonts.man1.pdf ...      [ok]
    Fixing File Permissions ...                                              [done]
    Creating symlinks in 'bin/universal-darwin' ...                          [done]
    Creating symlinks in 'bin/x86_64-darwin' ...                             [done]
    texhash: Updating /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf/ls-R... 
    texhash: Done.
  1. Restarted TeXShip
  2. Rebuilt the file, no joy.

2 Answers 2


The font can be easily installed via the script getnonfreefonts. It is available at tug.org:

TUG getnonfreefonts

EDIT: I tried the installation of getnonfreefonts on my Mac. In the follwoing explaniation I will try to explain my steps. First I have the following machine:

  • iMac 27"
  • Installed updated MacTeX 2011

Now the steps.

  1. I downloaded the installation script.
  2. Open the terminal and go to the folder Download

    cd Download

  3. Run the installation:

    sudo texlua install-getnonfreefonts

  4. The installation finished and the scipts with their execute files getnonefreefonts and getnonfreefonts-sys are now located at


  5. Now you can run the script

    sudo getnonfreefonts-sys -a

  • Does this require that '/usr/local/texlive/2010/bin/x86_64-darwin ' be on the path? I've been avoiding modifying my path, as path pollution tends to make my life heinous.
    – mmr
    Commented Dec 4, 2011 at 21:07
  • This did not work. See the edits on my question.
    – mmr
    Commented Dec 4, 2011 at 21:59
  • @mmr: Please see my updated answer. Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 18:23
  • With current getnonfreefonts you need getnonfreefonts --sys -a instead of getnonfreefonts-sys -a! Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 7:43

If you can't use the getnonfreefonts script for some reason, you'll need to copy the relevant files yourself. I suggest you install them in your LOCALTEXMF directory tree. You'll need to have root or sudo privileges.

  • Download arial.zip from http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/fonts/urw/arial/ to /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local. (Update, 2011/11/012: this zip file used to be called "ua1.zip", but at some point the file name appears to have been changed to "arial.zip".)

  • Uncompress the zip file. Various files will be copied into sub- and subsub-directories below the doc, dvips, fonts, and tex directories (including uarial.sty to tex/latex/ua1 and ua1.map to fonts/map/dvips/ua1).

  • Run sudo -H mktexlsr.

  • Run the command sudo -H updmap-sys --enable Map=ua1.map. (Update, 2012/11/02: The map file is still called "ua1.map" even though the name of the zip file has changed to arial.zip -- see above.)

  • Run sudo -H mktexlsr again.

Happy TeXing!

  • This approach yields the error, @Mico: !pdfTeX error: /usr/texbin/pdflatex (file ua1b8a.pfb): cannot open Type 1 font file for reading. I had to run sudo ~/Downloads/updmap-sys.sh --enable Map=ua1.map --syncwithtrees, because there were some other files missing. Is my installation just hosed at this point?
    – mmr
    Commented Dec 4, 2011 at 22:53
  • At this point, I honestly can't tell. There's a separate issue: your TeX distribution is mildly obsolete. Have you considered installing MacTeX 2011?
    – Mico
    Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 2:27
  • @mmr pdflatex complains that it can't open ua1b8a.pfb. So did you install the fonts (they are in the same folder as ua1.zip and should go to fonts/type1/arial)? Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 8:38
  • @Mico-- I thought I had the most recent non-Lion build. I'll check out the new hotness... although this is due today at 5, so workarounds will be made instead, I think.
    – mmr
    Commented Dec 5, 2011 at 16:26
  • 1
    @TeXnewbie -- I would appear that the file that used to be called "ua1.zip" is now called "arial.zip". When you click on the "download zip file" link, you'll get "arial.zip". From a quick inspection of its contents, it looks like it has the same contents as the old "ua1.zip" file had.
    – Mico
    Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 11:18

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