Installing MyST

MyST is available through NodeJS and the node package manager, npm. Node is used by Jupyter as well as many other Python packages so you may already have it installed on your PATH and the following command may just work šŸ¤ž.

šŸ› ļø Install NodeJS and run the following command:

npm install -g myst-cli

This will install myst globally (-g) on your system and add a link to the main CLI tool. To see if things worked, try checking the version with:

myst --version

This command should print the current version of the package. If all is good, you can type myst again in your terminal and it will list the help with all of the options available to you.

Updating MySTĀ¶

There are new releases of the MyST CLI every few weeks, to update to the latest version of myst, use:

npm update -g myst-cli

Try the myst --version command before and after, with an update you should be on the most up to date version (see npm for the latest version!). If you are not, try npm uninstall -g myst-cli or without the -g global flag, until myst is no longer available on your command line. Then try installing again!

Dependencies for LaTeX\LaTeX and PDFĀ¶

If you are exporting to LaTeX\LaTeX with an open-source template specified (see all templates) or if you are creating a PDF you will need to install a version of LaTeX.


For the mystjs library on GitHub, git clone and you can install the dependencies and then create a local copy of the library with the npm run dev command.

git clone
cd mystjs
npm install
npm run dev

This will create a local copy of myst for use on the command line and start various web-servers for testing.