MiKTeX 2.9.7300 has been released on February 17, 2020.

Group-delimited \input argument

MiKTeX adopted the forthcoming TL 2020 \input enhancement which allows you to specify file with spaces in the name:

\input{my stuff}
\input{"my stuff"}

To quote Karl Berry:

For TL 2020, I think we're going to be able to extend \input so that it can take a grouped argument (\input{...}), and thus allow any character in the name -- except that " characters will still be eliminated, at LaTeX's request. This won't affect the standard space/token-delimited use of \input in any way.

CentOS 8

MiKTeX is now available for CentOS 8. Quick installation instructions:

sudo rpm --import "https://keyserver.ubuntu.com/pks/lookup?op=get&search=0xD6BC243565B2087BC3F897C9277A7293F59E4889"
sudo curl -L -o /etc/yum.repos.d/miktex.repo https://miktex.org/download/centos/8/miktex.repo
sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install miktex

Please read this HOWTO, if this is the first time you install MiKTeX for Linux.

LCDF Typetools

The MiKTeX distribution now includes LCDF Typetools, a bundle of outline font manipulation tools.

Upgraded programs

  • asymptote 2.62
  • autosp 2020-02-06
  • dvipdfmx 20200116
  • dvipng 1.17
  • dvips 2020.1
  • dvisvgm 2.8.2
  • LuaTeX 1.12.0
  • pdftex 1.40.21
  • pmxab 2.9.4

Upgraded libraries

  • libpng 1.6.37

Fixed issues

  • 419: Admin mode required but not accessible
  • 420: miktexsetup fails -- how to advance?
  • 422: Increase font_mem_size upper limit
  • 428: GSF2PK failed on postscript font
  • 435: language patterns in the format can not be changed manually
  • 436: Problems with the oberdiek package
  • 438: Create "fc-cache.exe" as alias
  • 441: Cannot build new format
  • 448: miktex-makepk fails if the transcript file does not exist
  • 451: Clicking Close button vs pressing Esc key upon finished package installation
  • 459: dvipng 1.16 with pk fonts error on Win32
  • 471: BibTeX max_glob_strs = 10 or 20 much too small; could we have 100, please?

2.9.7250 - 2019-11-12

New programs

  • LuaHBTeX 1.11.2

Upgraded programs

  • LuaTeX 1.11.2

Fixed issues

  • 25: tex4ht support
  • 328: initexmf: access denied error
  • 411: texify does not run bibtex

2.9.7230 - 2019-10-28

Fixed macOS build issues.

2.9.7200 - 2019-10-22

Breaking changes

Windows: text files with UNIX line endings

All TeX engines now write text output files with UNIX line endings.

EPS-to-PDF converter embeds all fonts

The miktex-epstopdf utility now creates a PDF with embedded fonts.

New programs

  • synctex 1.5

Downgraded programs

  • luatex 1.10.0

Fixed issues

  • 353: luatex 1.10.1 has a bug affecting font usage
  • 363: SyncTeX binaries?
  • 369: luatex doesn't handle commands in the name of the main file correctly
  • 370: line endings
  • 373: tftopl failed with large .tfm file
  • 376: Miktex Update removes essential packages
  • 377: pdfcrop: The script engine could not be found.
  • 391: miktex-console_admin building format fails

2.9.7140 - 2019-07-31

New programs

  • harftex: new TeX enginge with embedded HarfBuzz and Lua

Upgraded programs

  • dvipdfmx 20190522
  • luatex 1.10.1

Upgraded libraries

  • harfbuzz 2.5.3

2.9.7050 - 2019-05-30

Breaking changes

--c-style-errors does not imply \scrollmode anymore

You can use the --interaction=scrollmode option, if you depend on the old behaviour:

pdflatex --c-style-errors --interaction=scrollmode document.tex

Upgraded programs

  • dvipdfmx 20190305

Upgraded libraries

  • uriparser 0.9.2

Fixed issues

  • 181: Make file-line-error more talkative
  • 293: Bundles old vulnerable copy of uriparser 0.8.6, please update
  • 294: kpsewhich not in PATH in MacOS
  • 312: MiKTeX Setup Wizard ignores --user-install in Windows 10

2.9.7000 - 2019-04-10

Upgraded programs

  • dvipdfmx 20190225
  • dvipng 1.16
  • dvips 5.999
  • dvisvgm 2.6.3
  • Gregorio 5.2.0
  • luatex 1.10.0
  • tex4ht 2018-07-03-10:36
  • TeXworks 0.6.3

Fixed issues

  • 195: Add option to change directory for binaries (Linux)
  • 262: keeping user/admin updates in sync
  • 263: MPM crashes with --require=@
  • 264: MiKTeX failed to test file existence for /dev/null, on macOS and Linux
  • 272: TEXMFHOME is empty on Windows
  • 279: Latest GregorioTeX update did not include updated binary

2.9.6980 - 2019-02-11

Fixed issues

  • 254: biber: missing on Ubuntu and Mac

2.9.6960 - 2019-02-04

Upgraded programs

  • dvipdfmx 20190127
  • dvisvgm 2.6.2
  • luatex 1.09.2

Fixed issues

  • 249: TeXworks blocks FNDB

2.9.6930 - 2019-01-06

Resetting personal MiKTeX configuration

In order to avoid leftovers, MiKTeX Console learned to reset the personal MiKTeX configuration if MiKTeX was installed system-wide:

This allows users to remove their MiKTeX related installation files before a system administrator completely uninstalls MiKTeX.

Admin mode: blinding out of personal MiKTeX configuration

Prior to MiKTeX 2.9.6930, personal TEXMF root directories were visible (e.g., in MiKTeX Console) when running in administrator mode. This behaviour has been changed: in MiKTeX 2.9.6930 and higher, personal TEXMF root directories are blinded out when running in administrator mode.

Update improvements

The Check for updates operation is much faster now.

Upgraded programs

  • dvipdfmx 20181221
  • XeTeX 0.999991

Fixed issues

  • 43: MPM (admin) cannot be run if TeXworks is running
  • 220: MikTex TexWorks on Mac not displaying any text.
  • 222: Running MiKTeX commands in parallel fails
  • 226: xetex does not look for local user's font folder
  • 235: Multithreading poppler utilities on windows yields errors

2.9.6880 (intermediate) - 2018-11-12

Upgraded programs

  • dvipdfmx 20181012
  • Dvisvgm 2.6
  • LuaTeX 1.09.0

Upgraded libraries

  • cairo 1.16.0
  • expat 2.2.6
  • fontconfig 2.13.1
  • FreeType 2.9.1
  • gmp 6.1.2
  • graphite2 1.3.12
  • HarfBuzz 2.0.2
  • hunspell 1.6.2
  • jpeg 9c
  • libcurl 7.61.1
  • liblzma 5.2.4
  • libpng 1.6.35
  • LibreSSL 2.8.2
  • m-tx 0.63a
  • mpfr 4.0.1
  • mspack 0.8alpha
  • teckit 2.5.8
  • uriparser 0.8.6
  • zzip 0.13.68

2.9.6840 - 2018-09-30

Fixed security issues

CVE-2018-17407

This applies to MiKTeX (TeX Live is an upstream source):

An issue was discovered in t1_check_unusual_charstring functions in writet1.c files in TeX Live before 2018-09-21. A buffer overflow in the handling of Type 1 fonts allows arbitrary code execution when a malicious font is loaded by one of the vulnerable tools: pdflatex, pdftex, dvips, or luatex.

More info: https://nvd.nist.gov/vuln/detail/CVE-2018-17407

Fixed issues

  • 199: miktex searches the whole file system if grffile is used

2.9.6800 - 2018-08-27

Fedora 28 & openSUSE Leap 15

MiKTeX is now available for Fedora 28 and openSUSE Leap 15.

Fixed issues

  • 36: enhance support to install packages from a list file
  • 50: pdftex (started via the compiler driver) can't find input files if the main file is on a network drive
  • 66: [MikTeX Portable] Can't add local texmf directory
  • 149: Texify / macOS: "The TeX engine could not be found."
  • 156: latexmk does not work on a fresh mac install
  • 161: xelatex: -disable-installer is not propagated to miktex-makemf
  • 166: Alternative for sudo
  • 168: Installing MiKTex via Command Line
  • 174: initexmf --force --mklinks --admin fails if TeXworks is open

2.9.6730 - 2018-06-29

OS X El Capitan & macOS Sierra

MiKTeX is now available for these older Macintosh platforms:

  • OS X El Capitan
  • macOS Sierra

Upgraded libraries

  • HarfBuzz 1.8.0

Fixed issues

  • 42: download of cm-super is speed-limited
  • 116: Cannot run on El Capitan
  • 138: U+0361 COMBINING DOUBLE INVERTED BREVE is misaligned when using Linguistics Pro font
  • 143: MiKTeX portable creates start menu entries
  • 148: MiKTeX Console: uninstall MiKTeX

2.9.6700 - 2018-05-21

Ubuntu 18.04 & Debian 9

MiKTeX is now available for Ubuntu 18.04 and Debian 9. See this howto for more info.

Upgraded programs

  • dvipdfmx 20180506
  • Dvisvgm 2.4

Fixed issues

  • 94: Silent uninstall in Windows
  • 120: Installation error in Ubuntu 18.04
  • 122: Get back "a random package repository on the Internet"
  • 128: Starting miktex console as administrator is not detected

2.9.6670 - 2018-04-21

Upgraded programs

  • Asymptote 2.44
  • Dvisvgm 2.3.5
  • Gregorio 5.1.1

Fixed issues

  • 26: native Asymptote adaptive OpenGL-based 3D-renderer doesn't work
  • 94: Silent uninstall in Windows
  • 99: reaching the format and language dialog
  • 100: Running miktexsetup --portable with elevated permissions fails
  • 106: Texify gives un-informative error message when wrong engine given
  • 112: Faulty prepmx binary

2.9.6650 - 2018-03-25

Fixed a MiKTeX Console regression bug on macOS/Linux.

2.9.6630 - 2018-03-17

Upgraded programs

  • axohelp 1.2
  • autosp 2018-02-14
  • dvipdfmx 20180217
  • dvips 5.998
  • Dvisvgm 2.3.3
  • pdfTeX 1.40.19
  • pmxab 2.8.4

Bug fixes

  • 70: MPM search filter doesn't show all packages
  • 71: mpm --require=@listfile issue
  • 73: pdflatex incorrectly modifies path if double semicolon is present in $env:PATH
  • 74: texdoc and mthelp command not found
  • 77: xelatex segfault (Linux Mint)
  • 81: libfreetype.6.dylib cannot be called rightly using command-line on Mac

2.9.6600 - 2018-02-11

MiKTeX Console

MiKTeX Console is the new MiKTeX management tool which combines three UI applications into one:

  • MiKTeX Package Manager
  • MiKTeX Settings
  • MiKTeX Update Wizard

miktex-lua53tex

LuaTeX now comes in two variants:

  • miktex-luatex is the default engine with Lua 5.2 inside
  • miktex-lua53tex is the experimental engine with Lua 5.3 inside

Switching engines

By default, the LuaTeX executables (luatex, lualatex, ...) are linked to the 5.2 engine.

You can switch the engine by setting a configuration value and recreating links to the executables.

To use the new 5.3 based engine:

initexmf --set-config-value [luatex]luaver=5.3
initexmf --force --mklinks

To switch back to the 5.2 based engine:

initexmf --set-config-value [luatex]luaver=5.2
initexmf --force --mklinks

As always: run initexmf with administrator privileges and add the --admin option, if you manage a shared MiKTeX installation.

Upgraded programs

  • axohelp 1.1
  • Dvisvgm 2.3.2
  • LuaTeX 1.07.0
  • m-tx 0.63
  • XeTeX 0.99999

Upgraded libraries

  • cairo 1.14.12

2.9.6530 - 2017-11-20

Bug fixes

  • luatex does not work properly on Ubuntu

2.9.6500 - 2017-11-04

Upgraded programs

  • dvipdfmx 20170918, XeTeX Support /Rotate in PDF image inclusion
  • Dvisvgm 2.2
  • LuaTeX 1.06.2

Upgraded libraries

  • fontconfig 2.12.6
  • FreeType 2.8.1
  • HarfBuzz 1.6.3
  • ICU 60.1
  • libcurl 7.56.1
  • LibGD 2.2.5
  • libpng 1.6.34
  • Poppler 0.60.1
  • Qt 5.9.2

Bug fixes

  • 4: xdvipdfmx with options supplied as output-driver to XeLaTeX results in can't write on file error
  • 5: Package manager "Miktex encountered an internal error" [windows]
  • 19: option --user-install of MiKTeX setup utility is ignored [windows]
  • 22: miktex is noticably slower than texlive
  • 2618: Unknown filter "JPXDecode" Syntax Error
  • 2620: xetex can't input files with BOM anymore
  • 2622: shell commands are not executed correctly
  • 2624: Problem with \pdfresettimer & \pdfelapsedtime
  • 2625: Package installation fails as normal user account

2.9.6400 - 2017-07-31

New programs

  • asy: asymptote - 2D and 3D TeX-Aware Vector Graphics Language
  • lacheck: a consistency checker checker for LaTeX documents

Upgraded programs

  • autosp 2017-07-14

Upgraded libraries

  • cairo 1.4.10
  • fontconfig 2.12.3
  • FreeType 2.8
  • graphite2 1.3.10
  • HarfBuzz 1.4.7
  • libcurl 7.54.1
  • libpng 1.6.30
  • teckit 2.5.7
  • zzip 0.13.66

Ubuntu 16.04 / Linux Mint 18.x

It is now possible to install MiKTeX on Ubuntu 16.04 64-bit and Linux Mint 18.x 64-bit:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys D6BC243565B2087BC3F897C9277A7293F59E4889
echo "deb http://miktex.org/download/ubuntu xenial universe" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/miktex.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install miktex

See this howto for more info.

Dockerized build environments

The MiKTeX build environment has been dockerized for the following Linux distros:

This makes it possible to build MiKTeX using Docker. No build tools required.

For example, to build MiKTeX for Debian 9:

mkdir -p /tmp/miktex
curl -fsSL https://miktex.org/download/ctan/systems/win32/miktex/source/miktex-2.9.tar.xz | \
  tar -xJ --strip-components=1 -C /tmp/miktex
docker pull miktex/miktex-build-stretch
docker run --rm -t \
  -v /tmp/miktex:/miktex/source:ro \
  -v `pwd`:/miktex/build:rw \
  miktex/miktex-build-stretch

Closed feature requets

  • 345: Build pdftocairo with libpng support
  • 346: Include Asymptote

Bug fixes

  • dvipdfmx: warning: Ignore invalid attribute dictionary

2.9.6350 - 2017-06-03

New programs

Upgraded programs

  • TeXworks 0.6.2

Changed programs

  • dvipdfmx
    • Support additional length units
  • pdfTeX
    • Adding SyncTeX support to \pdfxform

Upgraded libraries

  • HarfBuzz 1.4.6
  • libcurl 7.54.0
  • LibreSSL 2.5.3
  • Poppler 0.55.0

macOS support

It is now possible to install MiKTeX via the Homebrew package manager:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
brew tap miktex/miktex
brew install miktex

See this howto for more info.

Bug fixes

  • 2604: Report clearly when repository servers are intentionally offline

2.9.6300 - 2017-04-25

New programs

  • autosp - a preprocessor that generates note-spacing commands for MusiXTeX scores
  • Gregorio - convert from gabc to GregorioTeX

Upgraded programs

  • Dvisvgm 2.1.3
  • LuaTeX 1.0.4
  • pdfTeX 1.40.18
  • XeTeX 0.99998

Changed programs

New platforms

It is possible to build this release on Linux and macOS.

Bug fixes

  • 2570: pdflatex doesn't ignore BOM (byte order mark)
  • 2579: xelatex adds unwanted stuff to stdin at the end of the compilation
  • 2580: wrong output to stdin when using lualatex
  • 2581: epstopdf creates .eps.pdf file instead of .pdf as in TeXLive
  • 2586: Bis: lualatex.exe fails if the profil name has non ASCII characters
  • 2591: Noto fonts not listed in MO font list
  • 2593: luatex can't include colors of a plot