Installing MinionPro font for LaTeX on Mac OS X

This tutorial shows how to install the MinionPro font for LaTeX. Following these instructions should insure that you can compile LaTeX documents with the \usepackage{MinionPro} command (instead of using XeTeX). Throughout this explanation, the TeX tree that I refer to is located at: /Library/TeX/Root/texmf/. Note that this is equivalent to /usr/local/texlive/2012/texmf/ for my 2012 TeX distribution.

In Terminal, I created a variable for the TeX tree directory:

Part 1: Install MnSymbol

1) Download MnSymbol package, which provides mathematical symbol font for Adobe MinionPro, from CRAN in the form of a zip file. Unzip the file to form a temporary directory (I just created a mnsymbol directory in ~/Downloads temporarily).

2) Using Terminal:
cd ~/Downloads/mnsymbol/tex
latex MnSymbol.ins 

3) Move contents from MnSymbol directory to appropriate locations of TeX tree:

First create the new directories in TeX tree:
sudo mkdir -p $texmf_folder/tex/latex/MnSymbol/
sudo mkdir -p $texmf_folder/fonts/source/public/MnSymbol/
sudo mkdir -p $texmf_folder/doc/latex/MnSymbol

Move MnSymbol.sty to /usr/local/texlive/2012/texmf/tex/latex/MnSymbol.sty:
sudo cp MnSymbol.sty $texmf_folder/tex/latex/MnSymbol/MnSymbol.sty 

Move all contents of directory source to /texmf/fonts/source/public/MnSymbol/:
cd ..
sudo cp source/* $texmf_folder/fonts/source/public/MnSymbol/

Move documentation:
sudo cp MnSymbol.pdf README $texmf_folder/doc/latex/MnSymbol/

4) To install the PostScript fonts into TeX tree:
sudo mkdir -p $texmf_folder/fonts/map/dvips/MnSymbol
sudo mkdir -p $texmf_folder/fonts/enc/dvips/MnSymbol
sudo mkdir -p $texmf_folder/fonts/type1/public/MnSymbol
sudo mkdir -p $texmf_folder/fonts/tfm/public/MnSymbol

sudo cp enc/MnSymbol.map $texmf_folder/fonts/map/dvips/MnSymbol/
sudo cp enc/*.enc $texmf_folder/fonts/enc/dvips/MnSymbol/
sudo cp pfb/*.pfb $texmf_folder/fonts/type1/public/MnSymbol/
sudo cp tfm/* $texmf_folder/fonts/tfm/public/MnSymbol/

5) Regenerate TeX tree file database:
sudo mktexlsr
sudo updmap-sys --enable MixedMap MnSymbol.map

The following file should now compile: mnsymbol-test.tex

Part 2: Install MinionPro

1) Locate MinionPro OpenType font files. On Mac OS X, fonts are generally located under /Library/Fonts/. However, on my computer the Adobe fonts are under /Applications/Adobe Reader.app/Contents/Resources/Resource/Font/ (alternatively sometimes /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fonts).

Note that before proceeding, double-check that you have a working installation of lcdf-typetools, needed to convert the OpenType fonts. On my system, LCDF Typetools were already installed (can check in Terminal if otfinfo --help command works).

Figure out version of fonts using following command in Terminal:
otfinfo -v MinionPro-Regular.otf

Output for my fonts:
Version 2.015;PS 002.000;Core 1.0.38;makeotf.lib1.7.9032

2) Go to CTAN directory for MinionPro.
  • Download scripts.zip. This will contains convert.sh, a Unix script. Unzip as a temporary directory wherever you want (I placed in ~/Downloads).
  • Download the appropriate encoding file, corresponding to the version of the MinionPro font you are using. My MinionPro font is of version 2.000, so I downloaded enc-v2.000.zip. I left the zipfile in ~/Downloads.
  • Download metrics-base.zip (contains metrics for Regular, It, Bold, and BoldIt fonts) and, optionally, metrics-full.zip (contains additional metrics for Medium, Medium Italic, Semibold, and SemiboldItalic fonts). I left the zipfiles in ~/Downloads.

3) We need to convert the OpenType font files (.otf) to PostScript files (.pfb). In order to do this, copy the MinionPro OpenType files (MinionPro-Regular.otf, MinionPro-Bold.otf, MinionPro-It.otf, and MinionPro-BoldIt.otf) from pre-identified directory to ~Downloads/scripts/otf. 

Then in Terminal: 
cd ~/Downloads/scripts

4) Copy PostScript fonts to TeX tree:
sudo mkdir -p $texmf_folder/fonts/type1/adobe/MinionPro/
sudo cp pfb/*.pfb $texmf_folder/fonts/type1/adobe/MinionPro/

5) Unzip enc-2.000.zip, metrics-base.zip, and metrics-full.zip files into the TeX directory:
cd $texmf_folder
sudo unzip ~/Downloads/enc-2.000.zip
sudo unzip ~/Downloads/metrics-base.zip
sudo unzip ~/Downloads/metrics-full.zip

6) Regenerate TeX tree file database:
sudo mktexlsr
sudo updmap-sys --enable MixedMap MinionPro.map

The following file should now compile: minionpro-test.tex

I would like to thank the following tutorials for help in figuring this out:


  1. Thank you so much, I appreciate your post it is very informative for us.The encodings are very useful for us.

    Thank you

    Fonts Converter

  2. when I run the last line (sudo updmap-sys --enable MixedMap MinionPro.map), I get the following error message:

    ERROR: The following map file(s) couldn't be found:
    MinionPro.map (in /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-config/web2c/updmap.cfg)

    Did you run mktexlsr?

    You can disable non-existent map entries using the option

    could you provide a hint as to what causes this problem?

    Thanks for a great guide.