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Roma is the web based TEI software for generating customisations from P5 ODD specifications. It was written by Arno Mittelbach and is loosely maintained by the TEI Council.

Roma's basic job is to construct an XML document, the TEI "ODD". To generate output (RELAXNG schemas, W3C schemas, HTML documentation, etc.), Roma relies on the OxGarage web service to provide the necessary transformations.

Historically, there has been a Roma CLI tool, but this is superseded by the appropriate ANT or Shell scripts provided by the TEI Stylesheets themselves.


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System requirements

A standard modern web browser is all that is required to make use of the Roma Web Client. If you want to deploy the underlying system yourself the most convenient way is via Docker which is available for most platforms.

Source code and licensing

Roma source code is hosted on Github, at

Support for TEI



For the web version, see Customizing the TEI with Roma.

For instructions on installing the command-line version under Mac OS X, see Roma CLI Instructions [note that the locations of stylesheet and roma have moved to github and the links given are out of date, cf. [1]].

As Sebastian wrote on TEI-L on 2009-12-21, "Always remember when considering Roma and friends that the variation is in the XSL stylesheets which it uses. So 99% of error reports and bug fixes are to do with the behaviour of odd2odd.xsl and odd2relax.xsl (etc). The XSL package changes much more frequently than Roma."

Tech support

Report problems either at the TEI-L list or in the GitHub issue tracker.

User community

Sample implementations

Current version number and date of release

  • 5.0.0 (2018-07-18)

History of versions

GitHub releases

old releases on SourceForge

How to download or buy

There are two options.

a) Pull from Docker (recommended)

docker pull teic/roma

b) Download/Clone from GitHub (for developers)


Getting the Roma server running

The recommended way is to run Roma via Docker. Detailed instructions can be found in the project Readme.

Additional notes

Also see OxGarage and Vesta.

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