👈 back to home

Vinit Kumar

How To Convert LaTex to PDF on macOS

January 16, 2019

I have been writing my resume in LaTeX for more than a decade now. Writing your resume in LaTex has it’s own benefits. You can check it out here:

Now, writing your resume in all LaTex is all well and good but converting it into pdf on macOS is a task on it’s own. The MacTeX package is a BIG download of around 6GB and it’s not worth spending so much time and energy for only trying to convert your resume from LaTex to PDF. Well, you can ofcourse use one of the online latex-to-pdf converter or you can install the basictex package and set your local mac environment capable of converting to PDF.

Follow these steps to get it working:

# install basictex using brew #NOTE your password might be required
brew cask install basictex
# try to install texlivefly, it complains about tlmgr outdated
sudo tlmgr install texliveonfly
# update tlmgr
sudo tlmgr update --self
# now install textliveonfly
sudo tlmgr install texliveonfly

# use the commands using sudo.
# for eg: if your resume file name is vinit_kumar.tex

sudo texliveonfly vinit_kumar.tex

# this outputs a file named vinit_kumar.pdf in the same directory
# now, open this file like this to check if all your changes made it through.

open vinit_kumar.pdf

Credits where it’s due: Get Mactex Faster

The idea came from this website, though the issue was it was not working without sudo. Hence, wrote this post more of an reminder of how to get LaTex to PDF working on macOS


As a Software Engineer with a passion for creating and problem-solving, I am constantly seeking new challenges and opportunities to push the boundaries of what computers can do. I am an avid admirer of good literature, music, art, and coffee. Explore my website to learn more about my skills, experience, and values as a programmer. Here, you can also find links to my resume and code repositories .

© 2022, Vinit Kumar