The LaTeX kernel
Release 2020-02-02 patch level 5
This bundle provides the core LaTeX kernel. In addition to this bundle, a minimal LaTeX system also needs the files contained in the
- LaTeX team documentation (
- Packages which must be available (
required). These are
- Essential tools (
- Core graphics and color support (
- Key mathematics support (
- Essential tools (
This file contains a small set of pointers to other more complete documentation on installing and using a LaTeX system.
Full documentation of the LaTeX system is provided by
- LaTeX: A Document Preparation System; Lamport, Addison-Wesley
- The LaTeX Companion, 2ed; Mittelbach and Goossens with Braams, Carlisle and Rowley, Addison-Wesley
- Guide to LaTeX, 4ed; Kopka and Daly, Addison-Wesley
The distribution is described in files ending
.md; briefly, the most significant of these files are
README.mdis this file
manifest.txtlists all the files in this LaTeX distribution, with one line of information about the contents
unpacked.txtlists all the files in the unpacked LaTeX distribution
lppl.txt(LaTeX Project Public License) describe the LaTeX copyright, warranty and copying restrictions.
patches.txtdescribes the how important changes will be distributed between releases
texpert.txtcontains information about the system that may still be useful for TeX experts
tex2.txtcontains important information for users of extremely old versions of TeX (pre 1990)
autoload.txtdescribes a variant of LaTeX that is no longer supported
bugs.txtdescribes how to submit a bug report for LaTeX
Other documentation files include files with names of the form:
You will probably need to update your system before you can typeset these files. Each file needs three LaTeX runs. Some of these are also available as PDF files on CTAN.
The following files contain further information:
ltx3info.texgives you some historical information about the LaTeX3 project
manual.errlists errata in LaTeX: A Document Preparation System (Lamport)
tlc2.errlists errata in The LaTeX Companion (Mittelbach et al.)
ltnews*.tex (part of the
doc bundle) contain the LaTeX newsletters, the highest number being the most recent.
For historical reasons, the base distribution and the core documentation are bundled separately. Documentation is found in the
doc bundle. In an installed TeX system,
doc should be placed within the same location; the distinction is therefore primarily of importance when looking at the development code.
We no longer distribute installation instructions for the various TeX implementations. All modern TeX systems include LaTeX as-standard, and end users should in general use the release versions supplied in this way.
Release distribution is carried out only through the CTAN archives.
The LaTeX kernel requires the ε-TeX extensions to TeX, which were finalised in the late 1990s and are available in modern TeX-derived engines. Some new features require
\ifincsname, which is currently available in release versions of pdfTeX, XeTeX and LuaTeX, and is being introduced shortly in e-pTeX and e-upTeX.
The contents of this bundle are distributed under the LaTeX Project Public License, version 1.3c or later.
Copyright (C) 1989-2020 The LaTeX Project
All rights reserved.
Download the contents of this package in one zip archive (20.8M).
latex-base – Base sources of LaTeX
This bundle comprises the source of LaTeX itself, together with several packages which are considered ‘part of the kernel’. This bundle, together with the required packages, constitutes what every LaTeX distribution should contain.
|Licenses||The LaTeX Project Public License 1.3c|
|Copyright||1989–2020 The LaTeX3 Project et al.|
|Maintainer||The LaTeX Team|
|Contained in||TeX Live as latex|
MiKTeX as ltxbase