Using TexMaker and having installed MikTeX, where I opted to install missing packages on the fly (even 'untested' ones), I still find I don't have the packages. I tried to verify the connection source (as suggested here: MikTeX 2.9, install packages on the fly?), however I already have "random" selected and am using Windows 10 -- meaning I'm using the MikTeX console rather than the MikTeX maintenance program suggested above. Other resources are specific to Ubuntu (miktex does not autoinstall via texmaker) or vague, or both.

I'm able to compile a dummy TeX file (like 'Hello World') but nothing requiring packages. Obviously the best solution would be to [automatically] download packages as I include them in documents, but a good workaround would be to download a big repo of common packages (that way Anaconda does for Python, for example).

MikTeX settings MikTeX packages

Some specs: Windows 10 MikTeX 2.9.6637 TexMaker 5.0.2

  • Can you install a package (select it and then click on the +)? May 30, 2018 at 19:37
  • @UlrikeFischer - Now we come to it: "Couldn't connect to server". Do you know of any workaround besides tex.stackexchange.com/questions/399995/… ? On a company machine and unlikely to be able to connect except via VPN...
    – so860
    May 30, 2018 at 19:43
  • Picking this back up -- it must be a proxy issue. I don't think I want every package, but I want to be able to grab one when I find one that I need. Does your suggestion download every single package?
    – so860
    Oct 24, 2018 at 17:28

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My best guess is that you are probably behind a proxy that relays all traffic that goes to the internet. Ask your local IT-experts for the proxy's IP-address and port and then goto

Miktex Package Manager -> Repository -> Connection Settings

Set the checkbox at "Use a proxy server" and enter the address and port. If the proxy-server requires authentication (try with and without), set the other checkbox "Authentication required" as well.

  • All I see if the MikTex console, which has a packages tab but nothing labeled "Repository"... Are you referring to a different program?
    – so860
    Oct 24, 2018 at 17:27

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