The Lua package manager and ecosystem

Lua is a tiny yet powerful programming language, a tiny yet powerful language used anywhere from embedded systems, to AI, to networking, to MMORPGs. The secret to its success is its embeddability: Lua is a tiny portable core than can be adapted to any project.

The flip-side to this is that Lua itself does not come with many libraries, it features only the bare minimum. Enter LuaRocks: by using it to install additional packages called "rocks", LuaRocks turbo-charges Lua, making it a suitable language for any field.

The ecosystem

In the repository one can find packages for all sorts of areas. LuaRocks also allows third-party projects to host their own package repositories (either in or in their own servers), so that LuaRocks can work as the plugin manager to their project.

The build system

LuaRocks also doubles as a portable build system for compiling Lua modules. It abstracts away platform differences and allows module developers using Lua or C to distribute Lua extensions that can build in any modern operating system.

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LuaRocks 2019 Projects

  • Deepak Singh Rathore
    Lua graphing library
    To create a graphical library possibly using IUP extensible by Lua to allow easy creation of software like a schematic editor/flowchart creator/mind...
  • Paul Ouellette
    New command line argument handling and auto-completion for LuaRocks
    This project will bring tab completion support to LuaRocks and any Lua project using the argparse command line parser. Support for generating...