I use RStudio and started writing Rmarkdown documents to knit them into HTML pages and PDFs.

I tried installing TexLive but it failed when the astounding number of packages filled my limited remaining storage space (several GB).

I was wondering if anyone knew of a fairly straightforward way to get a minimal LaTeX install that includes the main packages needed to knit PDFs without errors on a Debian-based system?

I currently use Ubuntu 14.04, with RStudio 1.1.383, R 3.4.4, rmarkdown 1.9 and knitr 1.19.


Yes, I made TinyTeX exactly for that purpose: https://yihui.name/tinytex/ It is minimal and should work well for converting R Markdown to PDF by default.

Since you are a Ubuntu user, make sure to read FAQ 9: https://yihui.name/tinytex/faq/

  • Worked like a charm! I didn't have to install any extra package, I just had to remove a character that gave me an error. Thank you! – stragu Apr 19 '18 at 23:11

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