Is there a way to get TeX Live in a .iso or .exe file with all required files and packages instead of downloading the net downloader/installer?

I would download TeX Live just one time, and install it where I need without waiting every time long hours for the download. Also if the TeX Live version couldn't be the last; one time that I have installed I can update it with the TeX Live Manager...

  • It is not a bad thing that you get a frozen version of TeX Live. Sometimes updates can break your work.
    – user4929
    Sep 14, 2019 at 1:19

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TeX Live is available as "one huge ISO file" from the TUG website Acquiring TeX Live as an ISO image. It is also available in a number of smaller, yet still big tarballs. It is also available as a .torrent.

Both these methods have a fixed image available for download, so packages may have been updated after the official release and therefore still require packages to be updated after installation.

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    Aren't recommended because this methods don't ensure the updated version of the various files, but if I update all with the TeX Live Manager is the same thing, right? Another thing, are there some differences between texlive2012-20120701.iso and this other texlive2012.iso?
    – Aurelius
    Nov 22, 2012 at 21:38
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    @FormlessCloud: Yes, it would be the same thing. Updating via tlmgr will give you the most up-to-date packages from the downloaded repository. I doubt there's a difference in the .iso releases. The release date for TeX Live 2012 was July 8, 2012, after which the DVD, ISO, TARball and Torrent files should be fixed. Since I downloaded TL 2012 via the net installer, I don't know much more.
    – Werner
    Nov 22, 2012 at 22:05
  • One of the mirrors says it’s the same file. ctan.math.utah.edu/ctan/tex-archive/systems/texlive/Images
    – user4929
    Sep 14, 2019 at 1:17
  • Were you able to install from the .iso without internet? Is it smooth?
    – user4929
    Sep 14, 2019 at 1:18

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