The portable edition allows you to run MiKTeX from a portable storage device:

  • you carry MiKTeX on a portable storage device for use on any Windows computer
  • configuration settings are stored on the portable storage device and not in the Windows Registry of the host computer
  • by using MiKTeX Portable, you leave no traces on the host computer
  • you do not need administrator privileges on the host computer


Please go to the MiKTeX download page.

How to install

You install MiKTeX Portable by extracting the archive file to a new folder on the portable storage device:

  1. Create a new folder on the portable storage device. This folder becomes the installation directory.
  2. Start the self-extractor.
  3. Click the ellipse button (the one with the three dots) and browse to the installation directory. Click the Extract button.
  4. If you prefer, you can use the 7-Zip file manager to extract the files from the self-extracting archive.

How to use the portable edition

  1. Connect the portable storage device to a Windows (see prerequisites) computer.
  2. Start Windows Explorer (Windows+E) and browse to the MiKTeX installation directory on the portable storage device.
  3. Double click the Windows command script file named miktex-portable.
  4. The MiKTeX Console icon is added to the notification area of the Windows Taskbar. By right-clicking the icon, you open a context menu: Task bar icon context menu
  5. It is recommended, that you update MiKTeX regularly in order to get the latest bug fixes and package updates.
  6. Before disconnecting the portable storage device, you should exit MiKTeX Console by clicking the Exit command.