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3.21.  The Module Manager

With the Module Manager command, you can show the various extension modules which are available and control which of them should be loaded. Modules perform functions such as choosing colors and display filtering. Any changes you make to the settings with the Module Manager command will take effect the next time you start GIMP. These changes affect GIMP's functional capabilities, its size in memory and its start-up time.

3.21.1.  Activate the Command

  • You can access this command from the image menubar through EditModules

3.21.2.  Description of the “Module Manager” Dialog

Figure 15.25.  The “Module Manager” dialog window

The Module Manager dialog window

Modules list

The scrolled window of the Module Manager shows the loadable modules.


Clicking on the boxes in this column will check or uncheck the modules. The next time you start GIMP, any checked module will be loaded automatically.

You will notice the difference only when you try to use the modules. For example, there are several color selectors to select the foreground or background color. Some of these selectors are modules and will only be available when you check the respective option in the module manager:

Figure 15.26.  Autoload example: Color selector modules

Autoload example: Color selector modules

Color selector modules loaded

Autoload example: Color selector modules

Color selector modules not loaded

For automatically loaded modules, information about the selected module is displayed at the bottom of the dialog.

Module path

In this column, the directory path for each module is shown.



This button is only visible, when the respective module has not been auto-loaded. When you click on the button, information about the selected module is displayed at the bottom of the dialog, and the button changes to Load.

Load; Unload

Loading modules manually does not work properly. The buttons are useless (“Unload” is even disabled) and will probably removed in future versions.


When you click on this button, the list of modules will be updated: modules no longer on disk will be removed, and new modules found will be added.

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