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Modules are extensions to ConTeXt's core functions.

There are not as many modules for ConTeXt as packages for LaTeX, because a lot of LaTeX package features are in ConTeXt's core.

Included modules:

Contributed modules:

For a list of contributed modules see the modules section on

File names of included modules start with "m-", but third party (contributed) modules should start with "t-".

Modules writing guidelines

Prior to release 2005.05.25, ConTeXt silently truncated all file names in \usemodule commands to 8 characters long and lowercased them to "prevent cross platform problems with filenames". Thus, module files that are to be used with older versions of ConTeXt must have filenames that fit those restrictions, or they will (somewhat cryptically) not be found.


Each module should have an associated specification file (as in /tex/context/interface/cont-en.xml). Probably one day this will become a part of texshow and will also be easy-to-edit.

When documenting your module, you can use

\usemodule[int-load] %Allow xml parsing 
\loadsetups[m-name-of-your-module.xml] % to load the file with definitions

An example:


By default, this places a frame around the setup. If you want to get gray backgroud, as in context documentation, add the following