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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

TODO: list more modules or none of them (See: To-Do List)

  • xdesc (extended description, e.g. for epigrams)
  • nath (natural math, see Math)
  • amsl (AMSmath, see Math)
  • Gnuplot: support for direct inclusion of Gnuplot graphs out of the source (the module has been removed from the main distribution and will be included into third party modules again when ready)

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

In order to install a contributed module, copy its directory into $TEXMF/tex/context/third then run luatools --generate.

Special Purpose Modules

The following modules implement special formatting requirement for journals or magazines. These modules are distributed with ConTeXt, so you need not download anything.

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