OS: Ubuntu 11.10
TeX: Tex Live 2011
List of packages originally installed with Tex Live

Using the information given at the aforementioned question, I was able to see the list of packages in my current TeX Live installation. I wanted to save the list in a file. I tried using the "Edit>>Select All" option from the terminal. But using that I am able to save only a small sub-section of it. Is there a simple addition that I can make to the "list" command with "tlmgr" to make it print the output to a file?

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    What operating system are you running? Try tlmgr list | grep '^i' > packages.txt under Linux. – Werner May 16 '12 at 3:57
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    Sorry about that; I am running Ubuntu 11.10. – Shashank Sawant May 16 '12 at 4:01
  • Then just use the command line below :) – Xavier May 16 '12 at 4:03

Simply type the following command in a terminal / command prompt:

tlmgr list --only-installed > installed_texlive_packages.txt

which will save the list to a file called installed_texlive_packages.txt.


Compile it with -shell-escape option.

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\gdef\trimmer#1{\expandafter\trimtok #1}%


\immediate\write18{tlmgr list --only-installed > installed-packages.txt}
    \readline\reader to \data
        \item \trimmer{\data}

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    I love overkill solutions :-) – Daniel Sep 24 '12 at 12:13

In 2020, type :

tlmgr info --only-installed

to get the list of installed package. Then do whatever you want with the output (like putting it in a file with > myfile.tx).

info command replaces former show and list commands (tlmgr manual: "The former actions "show" and "list" are merged into this action, but are still supported for backward compatibility".)

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