I'm trying to make my CV with the moderncv package for the first time... But I don't know what I'm missing and it says "!Unidentified control sequence \modercvcolor{blue}" it also says that I'm missing the \begin{document}

Here is an example of what I'm running.


%% ModernCV themes

%% Character encoding

%% Adjust the page margins

%% Personal data
\title{Resumé title (optional)}
\address{street and number}{postcode city}
\email{[email protected]}
\extrainfo{additional information}
\quote{Some quote (optional)}


\cventry{year--year}{Degree}{Institution}{City}{ \textit{Grade} }{Description}  % arguments 3 to 6 can be left empty
\cvitem{title}{ \emph{Title} }
\cvitemwithcomment{Language 1}{Skill level}{Comment}
\cvdoubleitem{category X}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}{category Y}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}
\cvlistitem{Item 1}
\cvlistdoubleitem{Item 2}{Item 3}
%% ...

  • I'm using the native application of Latex on Mac OSX
    – MJAS
    Commented Mar 17, 2013 at 19:02
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    Welcome to TeX.SX. Commented Mar 17, 2013 at 19:14
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    I use TeXmaker on Mountain Lion. After commenting out the \photo command, I get no error. The latest release of moderncv is version 1.3.0 (09 Feb 2013). Get that update via TeX Live Utility, and try running your code again.
    – jub0bs
    Commented Mar 17, 2013 at 19:54

1 Answer 1


There is no "native application of LaTeX" on OSX.

You need to install MacTeX and to keep it up-to-date by launching the "Tex Live Utility" application. Your MWE doesn't generate any error on an up-to-date installation (assuming your picture is named picture.jpg) and the error you are getting is due to an outdated moderncv package.

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