Gleam programs are made up of bundles of functions and types called modules. Each module has its own namespace and can export types and values to be used by other modules in the program.

// inside src/nasa/rocket_ship.gleam

fn count_down() {
  "3... 2... 1..."

fn blast_off() {

pub fn launch() {

Here we can see a module named nasa/rocket_ship, the name determined by the filename src/nasa/rocket_ship.gleam. Typically all the modules for one project would live within a directory with the name of the project, such as nasa in this example.

For the functions count_down and blast_off we have omitted the pub keyword, so these functions are private module functions. They can only be called by other functions within the same module.


To use functions or types from another module we need to import them using the import keyword.

// inside src/nasa/moon_base.gleam

import nasa/rocket_ship

pub fn explore_space() {

The statement import nasa/rocket_ship creates a new variable with the name rocket_ship and the value of the rocket_ship module.

In the explore_space function we call the imported module's public launch function using the : operator. If we had attempted to call count_down it would result in a compile time error as this function is private in the rocket_ship module.

Named import

It is also possible to give a module a custom name when importing it using the as keyword.

import unix/cat
import animal/cat as kitty

This may be useful to differentiate between multiple modules that would have the same default name when imported.

First class modules

Modules in Gleam are first class values and can be assigned to variables, passed to functions, or anything else that we can do with regular values.

import nasa/rocket_ship
import nasa/new_website
import nasa/navy_boat

pub fn perform_launch(some_module) {

pub fn run() {

Here we have define a function that takes a module as an argument and then called it with various different modules.

The perform_launch function doesn't care what module it takes, so long as it has a public function called launch that takes no arguments.