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I can use latex -v to check the version of LaTeX. Is there a way to check what version of MacTeX (MacTeX 2008, 2009 or 2010) is installed?

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MacTeX installs a System Preferences pane which shows TeX installations for selection. There you can see the version.

Here's a screenshot:

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  • Oh. I thought he wanted something that he could check programmatically. – Harald Hanche-Olsen Dec 17 '10 at 17:34
  • This is the right (i.e., Mac-like) answer. I totally forgot about the preference pane. – Matthew Leingang Dec 17 '10 at 17:55
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    If I am correct, this is no longer the case with TexLive 2016 on Mac OS X 10.9.5. – Karlo Aug 3 '17 at 22:38
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; readlink /usr/texbin
../usr/local/texlive/2010/bin/x86_64-darwin
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    Weird. On my mac that gives ../Library/TeX/Distributions/.DefaultTeX/Contents/Programs/i386 But readlink /usr/textbin/ (note the trailing slash) gives ../../../../../../../usr/local/texlive/2010/bin/x86_64-darwin – Matthew Leingang Dec 17 '10 at 16:43
  • Yeah, /Library/TeX/Distributions/ contains a whole mess of links. I have no idea why my /usr/texbin is a direct link rather than indirecting though said mess. – Harald Hanche-Olsen Dec 17 '10 at 17:41
  • Your programmatical approach is fine. I like the command line. – Stefan Kottwitz Dec 17 '10 at 17:45
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cd /usr/texbin
pwd -P

This gives me /usr/local/texlive/2009/bin/universal-darwin.

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    Nowadays, use cd /Library/TeX/Root ; pwd -P, which gives something like /usr/local/texlive/2016. – lhf Aug 3 '17 at 23:37
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Create a "hello world" latex file and compile it. Look at the console or .log file and see what files are being loaded. On my machine I see

(/usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/article.cls...

So you can guess it's TL 2010.

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The latest info as of May 2019.

Tex Live Utility allows you to check the MacTex version you are currently using (and to switch to other version if needed). There is no longer a System Preferences pane for this purpose.

The MacTex website says:

Long ago we installed a Preference Pane which could do this switching, but this functionality is now in TeX Live Utility, which is in /Applications/TeX. To switch, use the Configure menu item "Select Default TeX Live Version."

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