Here are instructions for ConTeXt installation on Ubuntu and its derivatives [K/X/L]ubuntu.
Precompiled / Packaged Nightly Builds From PPA
Adam Reviczky was most generous to provide us with an Ubuntu PPA (Personal Package Archive) that contains precompiled Ubuntu packages for both ConTeXt and LuaTeX nightlies. Instructions for your version of Ubuntu are available for ConTeXt and LuaTeX.
With Ubuntu packages – should work with Ubuntu 7.10 and above
Note that Ubuntu's packaged version of ConTeXt is quite old (circa 2009), so a better option is the ConTeXt Standalone
TeX Live and ConTeXt have been part of Ubuntu's main repositories since Ubuntu 7.10, so you can simply
apt-get install context
to install ConTeXt and its dependencies.
The dependencies pull in various PDF utilities which you will probably find useful, including
If you would like to use the TeXworks GUI-based TeX editing environment usually included with TeX Live CDs, it is available via
apt-get install texworks
and will appear under Applications, Science & Math.
- Setting up TeXworks
Adding the system fonts
The standard Ubuntu LuaTeX package does not scan any of your installed system fonts. Therefore you will want to set up the OSFONTDIR environment variable to point to all the font paths. For example:
Once you have done that, run
mtxrun --script fonts --reload
If you have an error do this
to scan all the font directories. Then run
mtxrun --script fonts --list --all --pattern=*
to list all the fonts LuaTeX now knows about. Finally, run
to make sure ConTeXt's font cache is up to date.
If you are using TeXworks, you need to make sure that OSFONTDIR is set in the environment TeXworks runs in, because ConTeXt may decide it needs to rescan fonts.
With ConTeXt Standalone – should work with all Ubuntu versions
Example of setting up ConTeXt Standalone:
sudo mkdir /usr/local/context sudo chown yourusername /usr/local/context cd /usr/local/context wget http://minimals.contextgarden.net/setup/first-setup.sh sh first-setup.sh vi ~/.bashrc
Add these three lines:
export OSFONTDIR=~/.fonts:/usr/share/fonts export TEXROOT=/usr/local/context/tex export PATH=/usr/local/context/tex/texmf-linux/bin:/usr/local/context/bin:$PATH
Note that the order of items in the PATH is significant. If you put /usr/local/context/bin in the path first, you will get an error at run time.
Also, remember that you have to source ~/.bashrc after changing it, in order to have the changes take effect in your current shell. (Either that, or start a new shell.)
Installing third party modules in ConTeXt Standalone
See here: Installing third party modules
Updating ConTeXt Standalone
The update procedure is similar to the normal procedure. If you installed the ConTeXt Standalone with the commands from above, you can update to a new (beta) version like this:
cd /usr/local/context wget http://minimals.contextgarden.net/setup/first-setup.sh ./firstsetup.sh --keep