I used to have my local .sty and .cls files in /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/some_folder/ which worked for the default pdflatex of TeX Live just fine. After an installation of TinyTeX, these files are still there, but pdflatex, relying now on TinyTeX, can't find these files anymore.

So far so good, but I have no idea where to but the local files within the TinyTeX architecture.

  • I tried to put these in the folder ~/.TinyTeX/texmf-dist/tex/latex/some_folder/ but without any success.
  • Or must I update my search path?

Any help appreciated ;)


Update 2021-03-03

As of 2021-03-03, new installations of TinyTeX should have a texmf-home folder for user level local additions. This folder must conform the the structure outlined here: How to have local package override default package but should not require any other action for packages to be found.

Older versions of TinyTeX

If your TinyTeX folder doesn't contain a texmf-home folder, but only contains a texmf-local folder, then the following applies:

The TinyTeX distribution sets $TEXMFHOME to be the same as $TEXMFLOCAL so you should put your local additions into


When you have done this, you will need to update the ls-R file for that directory by doing:

mktexlsr ~/.TinyTeX/texmf-local

Then your local files should be found.

  • Thanks, that worked just fine! Just for my understanding, should the local files be placed within ~/.TinyTeX/texmf-local/tex/latex/ or within ~/.TinyTeX/texmf-local/tex/latex/local/? – moremo Feb 15 at 9:45
  • @moremo No, the folder has to conform to the structure in this answer but otherwise no. So you don't need to put things inside the local folder; you can put them inside their own named folders, or without any further internal structure. The main thing to be aware of is that .bst and .bib files need to be inside the bibtex/bib and bibtex/bst folders, not the tex folder. – Alan Munn Feb 15 at 14:57

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