Lua is a light script programming language. Mostly it’s used as embedded language in different areas: game dev, stock trading, etc.
In this article you will find how to install your Lua development environment on Windows 10.
Download and install Lua
I recommend you to use all-in-one Lua package from https://code.google.com/archive/p/luaforwindows/downloads. Download the last version from the list (at the moment it’s LuaForWindows_v5.1.4-46.exe). Also you need vcredist executable file ( vcredist_x86.4053.exe ).
Install vcredist first and Lua package after that. Use default settings during installation process.
Update environment paths
For proper work you need to update your environment variables. Go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system parameters -> Environment variables. Add following variables values:
LUA_CPATH = C:\Program Files (x86)\Lua\5.1\clibs\?.dll;C:\Program Files (x86)\Lua\5.1\clibs\luasql\?.dll LUA_DEV = C:\Program Files (x86)\Lua\5.1 LUA_PATH = C:\Program Files (x86)\Lua\5.1\lua\?.luac;C:\Program Files (x86)\Lua\5.1\lua\?.lua
You can use any text editor for writing Lua code. Default editor from all-in-one package is SciTE. I recommend you to use SciTE because it has code highlight and code debug features.
Let’s create your first Lua script. Run the editor and and just one line to a new file:
print "Hello from Lua!"
Save the file and run it from command line:
You should see line
Hello from Lua!
Here we are! Your Lua development environment is ready. Check other articles under “Lua” tag in my blog to know more Lua tips and tricks.