Lua is a powerful, fast, lightweight, embeddable scripting language. Lua combines simple procedural syntax with powerful data description constructs based on associative arrays and extensible semantics. Lua is dynamically typed, runs by interpreting bytecode for a register-based virtual machine, and has automatic memory management with incremental garbage collection, making it ideal for configuration, scripting, and rapid prototyping.


Download the current Lua version 5.1.4 by typing:

debarm:~# wget
debarm:~# tar xvzf lua-5.1.4.tar.gz 

Probably you need to install make to compile the Lua sources by typing:

debarm:~# apt-get update
debarm:~# apt-get install make

Change into the Lua directory by typing:

debarm:~# cd lua-5.1.4 

and install the package by typing:

debarm:~/lua-5.1.4# make posix
debarm:~/lua-5.1.4# make install

The Hello World example is stored in test/hello.lua directory:

io.write("Hello world, from ",_VERSION,"!\n")

To launch it type:

debarm:~/lua-5.1.4# src/lua test/hello.lua
Hello world, from Lua 5.1!                                                      


Thanks to Claus Kuehnel ( and Daniel Zwirner for the contents of this article.

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