Lua Download


Lua is free software distributed in source code. It may be used for any purpose, including commercial purposes, at absolutely no cost.

All versions are available for download. The current version is Lua 5.3 and its current release is Lua 5.3.4.



The lua-users wiki lists many user-contributed addons for Lua, including tools, libraries, full distributions, and binaries for several platforms. LuaForge is the major repository for user-contributed tools, and includes LuaBinaries, a complete repository of pre-compiled Lua libraries and executables. Many Lua modules are available as LuaRocks. See also Awesome Lua.


Lua is implemented in pure ANSI C and compiles unmodified in all platforms that have an ANSI C compiler. Lua also compiles cleanly as C++.

Lua is very easy to build and install. There are detailed instructions in the package but here is a simple terminal session that downloads the current release of Lua and builds it in Linux:

curl -R -O
tar zxf lua-5.3.4.tar.gz
cd lua-5.3.4
make linux test
For Mac OS X, use make macosx test.

If you have trouble building Lua, read the FAQ.


If you don't have the time or the inclination to compile Lua yourself, get a binary or try the live demo. Try also LuaDist, a multi-platform distribution of the Lua that includes batteries.

Giving credit

If you use Lua, please give us credit, according to our license. A nice way to give us further credit is to include a Lua logo and a link to our site in a web page for your product.

Supporting Lua

You can help to support the Lua project by buying a book published by and by making a donation.

You can also help to spread the word about Lua by buying Lua products at Zazzle and CafePress.

[buy at the Lua Bookstore at Amazon]