I am planning to move to Context, however, the fact that I'll miss some of LaTeX packages (especially tcolorbox) feels sad. That's why I asked such a question.

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    Unfortunately, there is not. I am using ConTeXt for a while now and really miss that package. If I want to use boxes I have to write some Metapost…
    – TeXnician
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 17:29
  • What specific feature from tcolorbox are you missing. Most of it is straightforward using framed and textbackground environments.
    – Aditya
    Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 22:51
  • @Aditya Breakable boxes and box shape customization by tikz since I am familiar only with tikz. Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 3:18
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    @MuhammedHashim Actually, looking through the tcolorbox code, it seems that it could be made format-independent with moderate effort. Some stuff like listings support would have to stay LaTeX-only, but PGF/TikZ does that too. Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 7:33
  • @MuhammedHashim: textbackground provides breakable boxes and both framed and textbackgrounds provide fancy backgrounds. What do you mean by shape customization? Can you give a specific example of what you are trying to achieve. Not everyone knows all the features of tcolorbox.
    – Aditya
    Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 13:04

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You can emulate tcolorbox sufficiently well with framed, framedtext, and the MetaFun overlay mechanism.

  path p ; numeric w, h, o ;
  w := OverlayWidth ; h := OverlayHeight ; o := BodyFontSize ;
  p := ((0,0) -- (0,h+2o) -- (w,h+2o) -- (w,0) -- cycle) cornered (o) ;
  fill p withcolor OverlayColor ;
  draw p withcolor OverlayLineColor withpen pencircle scaled OverlayLineWidth ;
  p := ((0,h) -- (0,h+2o) -- (w,h+2o) -- (w,h) -- cycle) cornered (o) ;
  filldraw p -- cycle withcolor OverlayLineColor ;
  draw textext.rt(\MPstring{tcolorbox}) shifted (o,h+o) withcolor white ;
  setbounds currentpicture to OverlayBox ;









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  • Thank you, but is it possible to make breakable boxes like in tcolorbox is breakable boxes and being cutomized by tikz that I am familiar with (Maybe I should learn some of MetaFun for such a purpose). Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 3:22
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    @MuhammedHashim Yes, you can also have breakable boxes with textbackground, see e.g. this answer: tex.stackexchange.com/a/377261. Customization with TikZ instead of MetaFun is not possible. ConTeXt is tightly coupled to MetaFun. Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 3:55
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    @HenriMenke: It is possible to use customization for framed with TikZ instead of Metapost. See mailman.ntg.nl/pipermail/ntg-context/2012/069802.html It is just a matter of providing a few nice helper macros.
    – Aditya
    Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 13:06
  • @Aditya That looks helpful. You should post it as an additional answer. Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 20:24

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