Glossarium is based in great part of the work of Sébastien d’Herbais de Thun from his master thesis available at: https://github.com/Dherse/masterproef. His glossary is available under the MIT license here.

Glossarium is a simple, easily customizable typst glossary inspired by LaTeX glossaries package . You can see an example showing the different features in example.typ.



Import and setup

This manual assume you have a good enough understanding of typst markup and scripting.

For Typst 0.6.0 or later import the package from the typst preview repository:

#import "@preview/glossarium:0.3.0": make-glossary, print-glossary, gls, glspl 

For Typst before 0.6.0 or to use glossarium as a local module, download the package files into your project folder and import glossarium.typ:

#import "glossarium.typ": make-glossary, print-glossary, gls, glspl 

After importing the package and before making any calls to gls, print-glossary or glspl, please MAKE SURE you add this line

#show: make-glossary

WHY DO WE NEED THAT ? : In order to be able to create references to the terms in your glossary using typst ref syntax @key glossarium needs to setup some show rules before any references exist. This is due to the way typst works, there is no workaround.

Therefore I recommend that you always put the #show: ... statement on the line just below the #import statement.

Printing the glossary

First we have to define the terms. A term is a dictionary composed of 2 required and 2 optional elements:

  • key (string) required, case-sensitive, unique: used to reference the term.
  • short (string) required: the short form of the term replacing the term citation.
  • long (string or content) optional: The long form of the term, displayed in the glossary and on the first citation of the term.
  • desc (string or content) optional: The description of the term.
  • group (string) optional, case-sensitive: The group the term belongs to. The terms are displayed by groups in the glossary.

Then the terms are passed as a list to print-glossary

  // minimal term
  (key: "kuleuven", short: "KU Leuven"),
  // a term with a long form and a group
  (key: "unamur", short: "UNamur", long: "Namur University", group: "Universities"),
  // another one but formated differently
    key: "umons",
    short: "UMons",
    long: "Mons University",
    group: "Universities"
  // no long form here
  (key: "kdecom", short: "KDE Community", desc:"An international team developing and distributing Open Source software."),
  // a full term with description containing markup
    key: "oidc", 
    short: "OIDC", 
    long: "OpenID Connect", 
    desc: [OpenID is an open standard and decentralized authentication protocol promoted by the non-profit
     #link("https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenID#OpenID_Foundation")[OpenID Foundation].]
    group: "Accronyms",

By default, the terms that are not referenced in the document are not shown in the glossary, you can force their appearance by setting the show-all argument to true.

You can also disable the back-references by setting the parameter disable-back-references to true.

Group page breaks can be enable by setting the parameter enable-group-pagebreak to true.

You can call this function from anywhere in you document.

Referencing terms.

Referencing terms is done using the key of the terms using the gls function or the reference syntax.

// referencing the OIDC term using gls
// displaying the long form forcibly
#gls("oidc", long: true)

// referencing the OIDC term using the reference syntax

Handling plurals

You can use the glspl function and the references supplements to pluralize terms:

#glspl("oidc") // equivalent of `#gls("oidc", suffix: "s")`
// or

Overriding the text shown

You can also override the text displayed by setting the display argument.

#gls("oidc", display: "whatever you want") 

Final tips

I recommend setting a show rule for the links to that your reader understand that they can click on the references to go to the term in the glossary.

#show link: set text(fill: blue.darken(60%))
// links are now blue ! 



  • Introducing support for grouping terms in the glossary. Use the optional and case-sensitive key group to assign terms to specific groups. The appearanceof the glossary can be customized with the new parameter enable-group-pagebreak, allowing users to insert page breaks between groups for better organization. These enhancements were contributed by indicatelovelace.



  • A new boolean parameter disable-back-references has been introduced. If set to true, it disable the back-references (the page number at the end of the description of each term). Please note that disabling back-references only disables the display of the page number, if you don’t have any references to your glossary terms, they won’t show up unless the parameter show-all has been set to true.



  • Fixed a bug where there was 2 space after a reference by @drupol (16da5b5357926f716abfe09c4adc5805a6baa8c9)



  • Fixed a bug where the reference would a long ref even when “long” was set to false by @dscso (e4644f4)


  • The glossary appearance have been improved slightly (a1ee80e) by @JuliDi

Previous versions did not have a changelog entry