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First, make sure that ConTeXt is installed on your system. To check that, go to the command line and type

context --version

You should get an output as follows:

mtx-context     | ConTeXt Process Management 0.60
mtx-context     |
mtx-context     | main context file: /opt/context-minimals/texmf-context/tex/context/base/context.mkiv
mtx-context     | current version: 2013.01.27 21:24

If ConTeXt is not installed on your system, check the installation page for installation instructions.

Follow the steps below to create a simple document using ConTeXt:

Create a ConTeXt file

Open a text editor, type the following content, and save the file as hello.tex:

\startsection[title={Testing ConTeXt}]
This is my first ConTeXt document.

Compile the ConTeXt file

Go to the command-line and type:

context hello.tex

ConTeXt will then process your document, display some logging information on the console, and generate a hello.pdf output file.

mtx-context     | run 1: luatex --fmt="/opt/context-minimals/texmf-cache/luatex-cache/context/5fe67e0bfe781ce0dde776fb1556f32e/formats/luatex/cont-en" --jobname="hello" --lua="/opt/context-minimals/texmf-cache/luatex-cache/context/5fe67e0bfe781ce0dde776fb1556f32e/formats/luatex/cont-en.lui" --no-parse-first-line --c:currentrun=1 --c:fulljobname="./hello.tex" --c:input="./hello.tex" --c:kindofrun=1 "cont-yes.mkiv"
This is LuaTeX, Version beta-0.74.0-2012122511 (rev 4541) 
 \write18 enabled.

ConTeXt  ver: 2013.01.27 21:24 MKIV  fmt: 2013.1.28  int: english/english
mkiv lua stats  > current memory usage      - 23 MB (ctx: 23 MB)
mkiv lua stats  > runtime                   - 0.316 seconds, 1 processed pages, 1 shipped pages, 3.165 pages/second

system          | total runtime: 0.468

View the generated PDF file

Open the generated hello.pdf PDF file using a PDF viewer. It should look as follows:

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