Ten years ago, some distributors (such as MikTex) provided a download link for an ISO DVD containing a snapshot of all CTAN MikTex packages.

For some reasons, I would like a snapshot of (possibly all) CTAN MikTex packages, as of 2020 for example.

Which sources provide such an archive?

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    What are the "some reasons" exactly? If it is about the actual LaTeX packages (.sty and .cls files) then you can get them from ftp.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/historic/systems/ctancd or ftp.math.utah.edu/pub/tex/historic/systems/texlive. That site doesn't have the Windows executables for pdflatex etc available however I think.
    – Marijn
    Mar 13 at 17:18
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    Not quite what you asked, but maybe what you need: Overleaf keeps past TeX Live versions to support old projects, so you can actually choose on which TL version to run your project. I think they go back as far as TL 2014.
    – gusbrs
    Mar 13 at 23:20
  • @Marijn reasons: I use a few computers: some of them are on Win10, some of them have to stay on Win7 because of legacy software (important for my activity) which don't work on Win10. I can imagine lots of other people having specific situations requiring to stay on Win7 because of legacy software situations.
    – Basj
    Mar 14 at 16:14
  • Ok, so it is specifically about the MikTeX binaries, and not about the packages. That is useful information to give you some more pointers, such as the related/duplicate questions tex.stackexchange.com/questions/527952/…, tex.stackexchange.com/questions/695629/…, tex.stackexchange.com/questions/588249/…. So the answer seems to be "not really" unless you want to compile from source.
    – Marijn
    Mar 14 at 20:16
  • However, TeX Live also runs on Windows, and for that you can go much further back to releases that support Windows 7 using the links from my first comment.
    – Marijn
    Mar 14 at 20:17


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