I'm trying to convert Jupyter notebook to .pdf on Mac.

However, it tells me

nbconvert tailed: pdflatex not found on PATH

So, I went looking around and someone said, "Install mactex because this other way takes days to compile". So I did brew install Caskroom/cask/mactex and it finished without telling me there was a problem, but unfortunately it didn't install pdflatex that I can gather. And 'mac install pdflatex' doesn't bring anything useful up on Google for me maybe my bubble sucks.

How do I install pdflatex on my mac?


Yes, same story with my MacOS Sierra:

(1) installed mactex with homebrew cask, but no pdflatex found after that:

$ brew cask install mactex

$ which pdflatex

[no location]

(2) relaunched the terminal app

(3) pdflatex found:

$ which pdflatex



It appears that brew does not, technically speaking, install mactex. It just downloads it.

I had to use the quick launch and type in mactex which popped up an installer.

After it finished I pdflatex existed, though I did have to start up a new shell - I'm assuming it did something to my path.

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    I just tried and installing the cask did install MacTeX. But I had to start a new shell instance for pdflatex to be recognisable. This is because installing MacTeX modifies your PATH by including /Library/TeX/texbin which is where the pdflatex binary lives. – Dennis Feb 2 '17 at 18:42

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