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I'm learning about Magento 2 and am curious about the term "module" and how it relates to Magento. What exactly is a module, both in general terms and specifically?

If I understand correctly, a module can be a:

  • Theme
  • Child theme
  • Extension
  • Other modification

Am I right? Also, am I missing anything? What else can a module be?

  • Theme is a Magento2 component which provides the look and feel of store front / backend. And Theme is not a module. But inside a Magento module you can override or extend the other module's templates or layouts or look and feel. – Haijerome Feb 14 at 19:18
  • Extension - it can be a Magento2 module if it alters / extends the behavior of Magento2 core modules. – Haijerome Feb 14 at 19:20
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In Magento2 module is one of the components which provides a certain feature / functionality. For an example, module-checkout provides checkout functionality in the store front. Similarly each module has it's own features and and they can also be dependent on other modules. I insist you to go through Magento 2 official docs for proper knowledge

Magento Modules Overview

Modules and Areas

Module Conventions

Module Relationships

Module dependencies

Module dependency types

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