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Zerobrane Studio (Install)


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Zerobrane Studio

Lightweight IDE for your Lua needs

ZeroBrane Studio is a lightweight Lua IDE with code completion, syntax highlighting, live coding, code analyzer, and debugging support for Lua 5.1, Lua 5.2, Lua 5.3, LuaJIT, and other Lua engines.

It is simple and instantly usable for beginners (as tested with middle and high school students with no programming experience), yet feature-rich and extensible for experienced developers. Unlike Eclipse and IntelliJ, it has a small footprint and is completely customizable with Lua. Unlike TextMate and Sublime Text, it includes a remote debugger and a full IDE feature set. Unlike Decoda, it runs on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux and supports on-device debugging.

ZeroBrane Studio also provides several unique features: live coding for immediate feedback, Markdown formatting in comments for providing instructions with minimal context switching, and integrated interactive materials for those learning Lua or getting familiar with programming.

For those interested in game and mobile development, the IDE supports debugging for LÖVE, Moai, Gideros, Marmalade Quick, Corona, and Cocos2d-x. It also supports general Lua debugging for Wireshark, GSL-shell, Adobe Lightroom, OpenResty, Lapis, Moonscript, home automation, and more.

Feature highlights

  • Small, portable, open-source, and cross-platform (Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux);
  • Auto-completion for functions, keywords, and custom APIs;
  • Interactive console to test code snippets with local and remote execution;
  • Live coding with Lua, LÖVE, Gideros, Moai, Corona, GSL-Shell and other Lua engines;
  • Integrated debugger (with support for local and remote debugging), and more.

To install Zerobrane Studio (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install zerobrane-studio.install

To upgrade Zerobrane Studio (Install), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade zerobrane-studio.install


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    Currently Zerobrane provides a portable .zip
    and an "installer" .exe which is really a self-extracting zip
    that also adds a shortcut to the Start Menu.
    It doesn't have a default "install" location, nor does it get listed
    in Add/Remove Programs.
    In order to prevent confusion (and allow for changes in future)
    I have provided two packages which closely mimic the two options
    for acquiring Zerobrane on Windows.
    However, in the name of safety I use the .zip for both
    (I don't know if Install-ChocolateyZipPackage works with .exes)
    So the .install package only differs in that it adds a shortcut :)
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
    $packageName = 'zerobrane-studio.install'
    $url = '' 
    $checksum = '5B47B7C1825CDF04742138796DA066B75692BBFE967042058138403ABFA5F783'
    $checksumType = 'sha256'
    $toolsDir       = $(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage -PackageName "$packageName" `
                                 -Url "$url" `
                                 -UnzipLocation "$toolsDir" `
                                 -Checksum "$checksum" `
                                 -ChecksumType "$checksumType"
    # Place Start Menu Shortcut (mimicking Zerobrane's own self-extracting .exe)
    $shortcutPath = join-path $env:appdata "Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
    $shortcutName = "ZeroBrane Studio Lua IDE"
    $lnkPath = join-path $shortcutPath ($shortcutName + ".lnk")
    $targetPath = join-path $toolsDir "zbstudio.exe"
    Install-ChocolateyShortcut -shortcutFilePath $lnkPath -targetPath $targetPath -description $shortcutName
  • tools\chocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName = 'zerobrane-studio.install'
    # Remove the shortcut we added
    $shortcutPath = join-path $env:appdata "Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs"
    $shortcutName = "ZeroBrane Studio Lua IDE"
    $lnkPath = join-path $shortcutPath ($shortcutName + ".lnk")
    Remove-item -path $lnkPath -Force -ErrorAction 'SilentlyContinue'

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Paul Kulchenko
  • ZeroBrane® LLC


Paul Kulchenko, ZeroBrane® LLC


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Zerobrane Studio (Install) 636 Tuesday, October 13, 2015 approved
Zerobrane Studio (Install) 209 Monday, July 13, 2015 approved
Zerobrane Studio (Install) 1.00 261 Tuesday, March 17, 2015 approved

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