I am using texmaker on a Mac and I tired to use the minted package with this code



    def __init__(self, x, y): 



but when compiling my code I get the following error:

! Package minted Error: You must have `pygmentize' installed to use this package

However I actually did install the package as described using

sudo easy_install Pygments

I even tried restarting. Still getting the same error.

I really don't see how to fix this error, can someone help me?

When creating the pdf as suggested by egreg the resulting pdf looks like this:

Is there pygmentize?

Judging from that there is Pygmentize on my mac?!

  • Do you have pygmentize in your $PATH? Open a terminal and try whether pygmentize is resolved. If not, locate it on your hard drive and set the $PATH accordingly. That may resolve your problem.
    – ilpssun
    Mar 14, 2012 at 15:10
  • if i do 'echo $PATH' I get '/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin:/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:/opt/local/bin:/opt/local/sbin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/texbin:/usr/X11/bin' I have no idea what that means, sorry I'm not so much into using the terminal...
    – Zwähnia
    Mar 14, 2012 at 15:37
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    If you want to avoid the terminal then it's best to use a TeX only solution such as the listings package.
    – qubyte
    Mar 14, 2012 at 16:11
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    Works fine here but python is here : /Library/Python and pygmentize is here : /usr/local/bin/pygmentize. Perhaps you can create a symbolic link into /usr/local/bin/. I don't work with /opt (macport) because we get always this kind of problem ! Mar 14, 2012 at 18:05
  • My test works fine, but pygmentize is in /usr/local/bin
    – egreg
    Mar 14, 2012 at 18:57

2 Answers 2


Write a file path.tex containing exactly this:



\input|"echo $PATH"


Is there pygmentize?

\input|"which pygmentize"


and run from the Terminal the command

pdftex --shell-escape path

You'll see in the produced path.pdf file what pdftex sees as PATH. If there's a path after "Is there pygmentize?" you'll be OK.

Now it's only a question of telling Texmaker that you want to execute external programs such as pygmentize: go to the "Preferences" menu in Texmaker and choose the "Commands" tab. In line next to "PdfLaTeX" there should be

"/usr/texbin/pdflatex" -synctex=1 -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

Change it into

"/usr/texbin/pdflatex" -synctex=1 -shell-escape -interaction=nonstopmode %.tex

Beware that this opens some security issues, so remove -shell-escape when typesetting documents you get from non trusted sources.

A safer way could be to define a "User command": go to the menu User > User Commands > Edit User Commands and in the upper space write something such as "pdftex-shell-escape"; in the lower space write the string above. You'll have a shortcut for using the shell escape only when you choose to, by pressing Alt+Shift+F1

  • I added the results I got to my opening post!
    – Zwähnia
    Mar 14, 2012 at 16:54
  • I already had it like that, so this is not the error. (Still I deleted what I had copied your line in there, tried and am still getting the same error)
    – Zwähnia
    Mar 14, 2012 at 17:10
  • @Zwähnia Would you please add a minimal example to your question?
    – egreg
    Mar 14, 2012 at 18:05
  • @egreg I just spent three hours trying to get minted working on an old TeXLive 2010 on an old OpenBSD 5.1. As soon as I added -interaction=nonstopmode to -shell-escape thing went without a glitch in-spite of the fake warning that I do not have pygmentize (which was B.S. of course). Sir you really rock when it comes to TeX. Thank you so much!!! May 25, 2013 at 1:45

I just encountered the same issue and copying pygmentize from /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/bin/pygmentize to /usr/local/bin resolved the problem for me.

  • This was it. /usr/local/bin/pygmentize was not being updated. easy_install Pygments showed Installing pygmentize script to /usr/local/share/python so I copied that file over /usr/local/bin/pygmentize and it all worked.
    – Kalle
    Nov 27, 2013 at 20:56

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