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Setting and maintaining your environment while running a large number of diverse software applications with different requirements can be a daunting task. The Research Computing is adopting the modules system developed by Robert McLay at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) in order to ease the complexity of this process and relieve users of this burden.

Basic usage

See Modules Basic Usage for a short practical introduction to using modules.

Personal modules

You can write and use your own modulefiles. The procedure for making them available is very simple. For example, if you'd like to create version 1.0 of the module 'mymod' pick any directory you own, say ~/modules:

  • Create a personal module directory
mkdir ~/modules
  • Add a 'mymod' module directory
mkdir ~/modules/mymod
  • Add a modulefile
touch ~/modules/mymod/1.0.lua

Note that you can copy any modulefile we have in /apps/lmod/modulefiles to serve as a starting point for your 'mymod/1.0.lua' modulefile. To test/use the new module:

  • Run the following command or add it to your ~/.bashrc file
module use ~/modules

The "myapp/1.0" module should be available for your use.


To request help with using modules or installation of new module enabled application please file a support request.

Upstream Documentation

Those who would like to learn as much as possible about lmod can use this documentation.

There is a well-written article on Lmod in the HPC Admin Magazine.