This keeps happening when I try to compile my document in TeXMaker.

Error : could not start the command : "pdflatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode "wow2".tex

Please Help!

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    usually that meas that you have just installed an editor but not installed a tex system Jul 24, 2017 at 18:37
  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Have you installed a TeX distro (MikTeX/MacTeX/TeXLive)?
    – TeXnician
    Jul 24, 2017 at 18:37
  • I have mactex installed
    – user139861
    Jul 24, 2017 at 18:42
  • Im using a macBookk Air version 10.9.5 but Im not sure if this would have an effect on me not being able to compile.
    – user139861
    Jul 24, 2017 at 18:44
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    Are the paths set correctly in the TeXMaker preferences? For all the TeX programs they should be /Library/TeX/texbin (not /usr/texbin).
    – Alan Munn
    Jul 24, 2017 at 19:05

1 Answer 1


MacTex 2017 is only available on 10.10 and higher. You have to update your MBA or use an older version from MacTex.

  • Instead of updating the OS the less invasive solution would probably be to directly install texlive without the mactex layer around it, just follow the instructions for unix install tug.org/texlive/doc/texlive-en/texlive-en.html#installation Texlive 2017 works great with osx 10.9.5 Jul 25, 2017 at 12:33
  • @samcarter The newer versions of the MacOS run well on older machines, so upgrading the OS isn't necessarily a problem either.
    – Alan Munn
    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:45
  • @AlanMunn Its not really helpful that newer versions of MacOs run on the old machines when half of the functionalism you are used to is missing in the new OS :) I still have a huge list of features from 10.6 I am missing, only some of them I could replace with third party programs and other workarounds :( For normal programs updates bring new features, with MacOS I have the feeling more things are taken away then added. Jul 25, 2017 at 12:50
  • @samcarter Fair enough. It's a personal preference I guess. I can't even remember 10.6. But then again, I had a Mac Plus, so I have used every MacOS since the beginning. There have definitely been some new features. :)
    – Alan Munn
    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:57
  • @AlanMunn I can understand that people want to update their system for various reasons, but just for installing a tex distribution this seems like a big step if there are otherwise no reasons to update. Jul 25, 2017 at 13:02

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