The LMod Modules System

The lmod modules system on Rivanna enables users to easily set their environments for selected software and to choose versions if appropriate.

 The lmod system is hierarchical; not every module is available in every environment.  We provide a core environment which contains most of the software installed by Research Computing staff, but software that requires a compiler or MPI is not in that environment and a compiler must first be loaded.

Basic Commands

List all available software in the core environment:

module avail

Use "module spider" to find all possible modules.

module spider

module spider hdf5

If a version is specified to spider, it will indicate how to load that version.

module spider openmpi/2.1.1

Note that spider will sometimes show modules whose version numbers begin with a period, e.g. icc/.17.0.  Any such module is “hidden” and users should not be required to load them explicitly.

Use key to list all modules in a particular category.  The current choices are

base, bio, cae, chem, compiler, data, debugger, devel, geo, ide, lang, lib, math, mpi, numlib, perf, phys, system, toolchain, tools, vis, licensed


module key bio

Load the environment for a particular package:

module load thepackage

If you do not specify a version, the system default is loaded.  For example, to load the default version of R, run

module load R

If you do not wish to use the default version chosen by the modules environment, you may specify a path to the module script. For example, to select the older version of R

module load R/3.3.0

Note that the 'default' version of a module may change, so if you are developing applications yourself we highly recommend that you load explicit versions of modules; that is, do not invoke the default X, but specify a version.  If the package is upgraded, loading that module will fail, however.

Delete a module:

module unload thepackage

List all modules you have loaded in the current shell:

module list

To change from one version to another, use

module swap

For example, if you have loaded gcc/7.1.0 and you wish to switch to intel/17.0

module swap gcc/7.1.0 intel/17.0

This will unload the gcc/7.1.0 environment entirely, and load the intel/17.0 environment. 

To clear all modules you have loaded and return to the default state:

module purge

More about these commands can be found in the documentation.

Modules in Job Scripts

After the definition of job variables, and before the command line to run the program, add module load X lines for every application that you want included in your run environment. For example, to run R version 3.3.0 your job script should resemble the following:

#SBATCH -p standard
#SBATCH -n 1
#SBATCH --time=00:10:00
#SBATCH --mem-per-cpu=4000

module load R/3.3.0

Rscript myScript.R

Please contact us if you encounter any problems using these applications in your job scripts.