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A lightweight Lua-based IDE for Lua with code completion, syntax highlighting, live coding, remote debugger, and code analyzer

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Project Description

ZeroBrane Studio is a lightweight Lua IDE with code completion, syntax highlighting, remote debugger, code analyzer, live coding, and debugging support for several Lua engines (LuaJIT, Löve 2D, Moai, Gideros, Corona, Marmalade Quick, Cocos2d-x, GSL-shell, MobileLua, and others). It originated from the Estrela Editor.


  • Written in Lua, so easily customizable.
  • Small, portable, and cross-platform (Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux).
  • Auto-completion for functions, keywords, and custom APIs.
  • Interactive console to directly test code snippets with local and remote execution.
  • Integrated debugger with local and remote debugging for Lua 5.1, Lua 5.2, LuaJIT, and other Lua engines.
  • Live coding with Lua, Löve 2D, Gideros, Moai, Corona SDK, GSL-shell, and other engines.
  • Several ways to extend the current functionality:
    • specs (spec/): specifications for file syntax, lexer, and keywords;
    • apis (api/): descriptions for code completion and tooltips;
    • interpreters (interpreters/): components for setting debugging and run-time project environment;
    • packages (packages/): plugins that provide additional functionality;
    • config (cfg/): settings for styles, color themes, and other preferences;
    • translations (cfg/i18n/): translations of the menus and messages to other languages;
    • tools (tools/): additional tools.



ZeroBrane Studio debugger screenshot


Open file(s):
  zbstudio <filename> [<filename>...]
  any non-option will be treated as filename

Set project directory:
  zbstudio <project directory> [<filename>...]
  (0.39+) a directory passed as a parameter will be set as the project directory

Overriding default configuration:
  zbstudio -cfg "<luacode overriding config>" [<filename>]
  e.g.: zbstudio -cfg "editor.fontsize=12" somefile.lua

Loading custom configuration:
  zbstudio -cfg path/file.lua [<filename>]
  e.g.: zbstudio -cfg cfg/estrela.lua


ZeroBrane Studio and MobDebug

ZeroBrane LLC: Paul Kulchenko (

Estrela Editor

Luxinia Dev: Christoph Kubisch (

Where is Estrela?

The projects have been merged and ZeroBrane Studio will lead the future. Please reassociate files with ZeroBrane Studio. To keep your history of files and projects copy the contents of the EstrelaEditor.ini in your HOME directory to ZeroBraneStudio.ini. If you have used Estrela for graphics shader authoring or luxinia, create/modify the cfg/user.lua to include the content of cfg/estrela.lua to load all tools and specifications by default again.


See LICENSE file.

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