LaTex your CV

Installing LaTeX on a Mac, integrating it with Visual Studio Code, and using GitHub for source control involves several steps. Below is a comprehensive manual detailing each step in the process.

Installing LaTeX on macOS using Terminal Install Homebrew: If you don’t have Homebrew installed, open Terminal and run the following command:

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL```sh)"

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Update Homebrew: Before installing any package, it’s good practice to update Homebrew:

brew update
Install MacTeX:

MacTeX is a full LaTeX distribution for macOS. You can install it using Homebrew by running:

brew install --cask mactex

This process may take a while, as MacTeX is a large download (~4GB).

Verify Installation: To check if LaTeX has been installed successfully, run:

which latex

This should output the path to the LaTeX binary.

Integrating LaTeX with Visual Studio Code Install Visual Studio Code: If you don’t have Visual Studio Code installed, you can download and install it from the official website, or install it via Homebrew:

brew install --cask visual-studio-code

Install LaTeX Workshop Extension:

Open Visual Studio Code. Go to Extensions by clicking on the square icon on the left sidebar or pressing Cmd+Shift+X. Search for “LaTeX Workshop”. Click on the install button next to the LaTeX Workshop extension. Using LaTeX to Build a Resume Create a LaTeX Resume Template:

Open Visual Studio Code. Create a new file with the .tex extension, for example, resume.tex. Write or paste your LaTeX resume code into this file. Here’s a simple example of a LaTeX resume template:


  \textbf{\Large Your Name}\\
  \small \textit{Your Address | Your City, State, Zip | Your Email | Your Phone}

  \item \textbf{Job Title} - Company Name, Month Year - Present \\
  Description of your role and accomplishments.

  \item \textbf{Degree} - University Name, Month Year \\
  Brief details about your educational background.

  \item Skill 1
  \item Skill 2
  \item Skill 3


Build the Resume:

Save the resume.tex file. Press Cmd+Alt+B or go to the TeX badge in the status bar at the bottom and click on Build LaTeX project to compile the .tex file to a PDF. Using GitHub as a Source Code Repository Install Git: If Git is not installed on your Mac, install it via Homebrew:

brew install git

Configure Git: Set up your user name and email address for your Git commits:

git config --global "Your Name"
git config --global ""

Create a GitHub Repository:

Visit GitHub and sign in. Click on the “+” icon at the top right and select “New repository”. Fill in the repository name, description, and set the visibility. Click “Create repository”. Initialize Your Local Repository:

Go to the folder where your LaTeX project is located in Terminal. Initialize the repository:

git init

Add the remote repository:

git remote add origin

Add, Commit, and Push Your Resume:

Add the files to your local repository:

git add resume.tex

Commit the changes:

git commit -m "Initial commit of my LaTeX resume"

Push the changes to GitHub:

git push -u origin master

You should now have LaTeX installed on your Mac, be able to edit and compile LaTeX files using Visual Studio Code, and store your LaTeX projects on GitHub.