Build a standalone executable from a Lua program.
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luastatic is a command line tool that builds a standalone executable from a Lua program. The executable runs on systems that do not have Lua installed. Lua 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and LuaJIT are supported.

Install

Run luastatic.lua or install from LuaRocks.

Usage

luastatic main.lua[1] require.lua[2] liblua.a[3] library.a[4] -I/include/lua[5] [6]
  [1]: The entry point to the Lua program
  [2]: One or more required Lua source files
  [3]: The path to the Lua interpreter static library
  [4]: One or more static libraries for a required Lua binary module
  [5]: The path to the directory containing lua.h
  [6]: Additional arguments are passed to the C compiler

Examples

Single Lua file

luastatic main.lua /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/liblua5.2.a -I/usr/include/lua5.2

Embed library.lua for require("library")

luastatic main.lua library.lua /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/liblua5.2.a -I/usr/include/lua5.2

C library containing luaopen_()

luastatic main.lua library.a /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/liblua5.2.a -I/usr/include/lua5.2

Dynamically link with Lua

luastatic main.lua -llua5.2 -I/usr/include/lua5.2

Statically link with musl libc

CC=musl-gcc luastatic main.lua /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-musl/liblua5.2.a -I/usr/include/lua5.2 -static

Cross compile for Windows

CC=x86_64-w64-mingw32-gcc luastatic main.lua /usr/x86_64-w64-mingw32/lib/liblua5.2.a -I/usr/x86_64-w64-mingw32/include/lua5.2/

LuaJIT 2.0.4 on Ubuntu 16.10

luastatic main.lua /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libluajit-5.1.a -I/usr/include/luajit-2.0 -no-pie

LuaJIT on macOS

luastatic main.lua /opt/local/lib/libluajit-5.1.a -I/opt/local/include/luajit-2.0 -pagezero_size 10000 -image_base 100000000

Generate the C file but don't compile it

CC="" luastatic main.lua

See another example at Lua.Space.

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