Every file containing Gren source code is considered a module.

A module is required to start with a module header, which at minimum defines the fully qualified module name and a list of exposed definitions. Being exposed means that the definition can be referenced by other modules.

Here's a minimal example of a module header:

module MyModule exposing (..)

Module name

The module name MyModule needs to coincide with the modules physical location on disk. In this case MyModule has to be at the top level of the src directory. If MyModule was located in src/Sub/MyModule.gren, then the project would have failed to compile.

When a module does exist within a sub-directory, like src/Some/Long/Path/For/Module.gren, then the module name should match the path, but with / replaced with ., like Some.Long.Path.For.Module.


The exposing list is a comma seperated list of constants, functions and types that other modules can reference.

To expose everything from a module, you can use (..).

When exposing a custom type, you can either expose just the type, or the type along with its constructors. In the former case you'll add Type to the exposing list, in the latter you'll add Type(..) to the list. You cannot expose select constructors of a custom type, it's all or nothing.


If you want to reference something in another module, you'll need to import it.

import Some.Other.Module

This will allow you to reference values in Some.Other.Module by prefix the value with the module prefix.

Sometimes, as is the case in this example, the module name can be a bit long, in those cases you can specify a shorter alias for the module name:

import Some.Other.Module as Module

You can now prefix values with Module instead of Some.Other.Module.

Finally, you can opt in to not requiring specifying a prefix at all for commonly used values, by using an exposing statement:

import Some.Other.Module exposing (commonFunction)

You can now refer to commonFunction directly, as if it was defined in your module.

It's also possible to combine a module alias with an exposing list.