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


MiKTeX Portable is distributed as a 7-Zip self-extracting archive:

Date: 5/25/2016
File name: miktex-portable-2.9.5987.exe
Size: 188.62 MB

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.
  4. Click the Extract button.

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 icon is added to the notification area of the Windows Taskbar. By right-clicking the icon, you open a 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 click the Exit command.