Where should I put LaTeX macro package files?


Files that are not part of the distribution should go to the texmf-local root, organised according to TDS. More precisely, in the present case, you should create in texmf-local the following directories:

1) texmf-local\doc\latex\statisticsjournal\ (or springerjournals, depending on whether the the files are specific to this journal or not), in which you put everything pertaining to documentation, including template.tex, I think.

2)texmf-local\tex\latex\statisticsjournal\ for .clo, .cls files.

3) texmf-local\bibtex\bst\statisticsjournal\ for .bst files.

Then run texhash. Your files are ready to be used.


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Updated on August 28, 2020


  • user67275
    user67275 about 3 years

    I'm preparing to submit an article to one of Springer's journals. It requires to use Springer's LaTeX macro package. (http://www.springer.com/statistics/journal/10985 --> Instruction for authors --> Text) I downloaded the package and unzipped it. It includes readme.txt, Users Guide, template.tex and some .bst, .clo, .cls files. Where should I put these files to use this package?

    I'm using TeX Live 2013, so browsed c:/texlive/2013 and all its subfolders, but have no idea where I should put the files. This is for Windows of my home computer but I also use Mac at school, so I need answers for both Windows and Mac.

    • Sean Allred
      Sean Allred about 9 years
      In the same directory will work. This question has been asked before, though.
  • user67275
    user67275 about 9 years
    It works for Windows. But how about Mac? I can't find the counterpart of 'texmf-local' folder
  • user67275
    user67275 about 9 years
    I browsed Library > TeX > Root, then there are 'texmf', 'texmf-config', 'texmf-dist', and 'texmf-var'. Should I choose one of them, or create a new folder named 'texmf-local'?
  • Bernard
    Bernard about 9 years
    You should have your Mac distribution in /usr/local/texlive/2014 and texmf-local should be in ` /usr/local/texlive/texmf-local. These are created at installation. Things in ~\Library` are personal to a particular user, as far as I know. A problem with Macs is that a number of folders are hidden.