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For using LaTeX, the MacTeX distribution contains everything you need from the engine up to GUI editors. You can just go to the download site and download the PKG file which comes with an installer.

Another way is to use Homebrew for installing the package. It pretty much does the same as you would do: download the package and install it. But it provides some useful meta commands to maintain the dependencies and the versions. To install MacTex with Homebrew use the command:

brew cask install mactex