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Lua is a programming language designed for extending applications. It is also frequently used as a general-purpose, stand-alone language. It combines simple procedural syntax with powerful data description constructs based on associative arrays and extensible semantics. Lua is dynamically typed, interpreted from bytecodes, and has automatic memory management with incremental garbage collection, making it ideal for configuration, scripting, and rapid prototyping.


User reference manual in HTML format available from

(User man pages included.) See also

for a complete list of available documentation.


Download version 5.2.1 (stable)
released on 14 June 2012



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X11Andrew Engelbrecht5 February 2002

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Roberto IerusalimschyAuthor
Waldemar CelesAuthor
Luiz Henrique de FigueiredoAuthor

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