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The MiKTeX Project Page is the place to go, if you are new to MiKTeX.

In short: MiKTeX is a modern C/C++ implementation of TeX & Friends for Windows, macOS and Linux. The MiKTeX source code is documented here:

MiKTeX is also a scalable TeX distribution ("Just enough TeX"):

  • you have the option to start with MiKTeX executables and some configuration files
  • in the course of authoring your documents, only necessary LaTeX packages, fonts etc. will be downloaded and installed

MiKTeX can be built on Windows and Unix-like (including macOS) systems. Please consult these HOWTOs for platform-specific build instructions:

In addition, you can try one of the Dockerized build environments to build MiKTeX: