Dan Kim @dankimio

Cyrillic fonts in LaTeX

If you want to install TeX on your Mac you can do it either by downloading a full TeX Live distribution (2.4 Gb) or by getting BasicTeX (95 Mb), which is 24 times smaller. BasicTeX is a subset of TeX Live and supports standard TeX typesetting functions. Cyrillic fonts aren’t included, but it’s easy to install them.

To view all installed collections use the following command: $ tlmgr info collections.

LaTeX collections

Two collections are recommended for cyrillic documents: collection-fontsrecommended (collection of widely used fonts) and collection-langcyrillic for cyrillic typesetting.

Now creating a document with following code will result working russian characters in output file.

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[russian]{babel}

\begin{document}
Привет!
\end{document}

Compile with XeLaTeX and enjoy!