I am looking for a minimalist Latex installation that can be installed on a USB key. I also want to use this key on my workstation without interfering with my installation (MikTex). What do you know?

  • On Windows see here: https://miktex.org/howto/portable-edition Jan 28 at 16:49
  • Apart from the above link you could also check out portableapps.com . There is an older MikTeX installation available, which I used before, including a portable version of TeXStudio. Portableapps helped me a lot using my favorite programs on restricted access computers in class rooms … don’t tell anyone …
    – alchemist
    Jan 28 at 19:03
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    Probably duplicate of one of 1 2 3 4 5 . Although I haven't gone through them to see if they're applicable.
    – user202729
    Jan 29 at 8:09
  • Actually my question is mostly about a minimalist version of latex. I will review both proposals. thank you
    – rpapa
    Jan 30 at 8:59

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Look at this description of making the TeXLive portable: https://tug.org/texlive/archive/portable-anchor.html

They propose:

Running from USB

You can run the normal TeX Live installation and make the output directory be a USB stick. Then you do several things:

Use the tl-portable script to run completely from the stick, without touching the host system at all. As described in the documentation, tl-portable starts a new shell (command prompt) within which you do your work.

On the page https://tug.org/texlive/doc/texlive-en/texlive-en.html#x1-420004.2 we can read

4.2 Portable (USB) installations

The -portable installer option (or V command in the text installer or corresponding GUI option) creates a completely self-contained TeX Live installation under a common root and forgoes system integration. You can create such an installation directly on a USB stick, or copy it to a USB stick afterwards.

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