A Lua editor is used to edit Lua code for AddOn development in World of Warcraft.

While any text editor can edit Lua files, many contain additional Lua specific features. See also UI FAQ/AddOn Author Resources.

Free Edit

WoWUIDesigner Edit

Complete IDE for Lua and XML UI files, including intellisense for many WoW API functions - Windows XP/2000/2003/Vista

Eclipse Edit

  • Eclipse + the Lua Development Tools plug-ins. For Windows, Mac OS X and other platforms. LDT includes syntax coloring, error markers, code snippets, code navigation, … and a debugger.
  • Eclipse + the Lua Eclipse plug-in. For Windows, Mac OS X and other platforms.

IntelliJ IDEA Edit

  • IntelliJ + the Lua plugin - For Windows, Mac OS X and other platforms. A complete IDE with support for completions, API documentation, code formatting and more. See this page for more info.

LuaEdit (Open Source) Edit

Complete professional looking Lua IDE - Windows 98/2000/XP

ZeroBrane Studio (Windows/Mac OSX/Linux) Edit

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

PSPad Edit

Syntax highlighting for Lua and XML files, fully features programmer's editor.

Komodo Edit (Open Source) Edit

A very nice editor built on top of Mozilla and Scintilla; with the extensibility of Firefox, and the syntax highlighting engine from SciTE.

LuaIDE Edit

Integrated development environment for Lua for Windows

SciTE (Open Source) Edit

A very extensible open source editor. There are three pre-packaged versions for WoW development with Lua and XML syntax highlighting and much more:

Notepad++ (Open Source) Edit

A free source code editor, which supports several programming languages, including Lua and XML.

Proton Edit

A nice German freeware editor, unfortunately without UTF-8 support. XML syntax highlighting is supported out of the box, a plugin for Lua is available [1].

Emacs (Open Source) Edit

An extensible, customizable text editor—and more. Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users. Use lua-mode to get syntax highlighting for .lua files.

gVIM (Open Source) Edit

An extremely powerful, multi-platform editor. Supports syntax highlighting for Lua, XML, and hundreds of other file types, as well as automatic indentation/comment formatting, the ability to jump between matching tags (if then else, <open></close>, etc.), and much more.

TextWrangler Edit

Free general purpose text/code editor with Lua and XML syntax highlighting.

Eddie Edit

Free programmer's editor Mac OS X. Includes Lua syntax coloring and function popup plus many other features.

Crimson Editor Edit

A Free professional Windows code editor, comes with Lua and XML syntax highlighting, along with many other file types.

  • WoWLua CE - A Crimson Editor Specification for color coding World of Warcraft API, Widget, and Event keywords.

B:Lua (Open Source) Edit

Under development and will, in time, hopefully provide a useful IDE for WoW Lua script development.

Programmer's Notepad Edit

Light weight notepad that adds syntax coloring. Supports many languages (current beta has Lua support)

AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft Edit

A free version of Visual Studio tailored for WoW mod creation.

AddOn Studio 2010 for World of Warcraft Edit

A free version of Visual Studio tailored for WoW mod creation based on Visual Studio 2010, functional and up to date.

AddOn Studio 2015 for World of Warcraft Edit

A free version of Visual Studio tailored for WoW mod creation based on Visual Studio 2015, functional and up to date.

luaTopping (Open Source) Edit

(Under Development) luaTopping is a NetBeans plugin that adds WoW Addon "Project" support to the NetBeans IDE. Features include common addon file templates and deploy action to WoW folder. Accompaning luaSupport module provides lua language support (syntax highlighting and grammar verification). Desired features include code completition, WoW API hints/help, among others.

Visual Studio Edit

Using Microsoft Visual Studio for WoW AddOn-Development.

Trial Edit

DForD LuaCoding Edit

A full graphical Lua IDE. It supports syntax highlighting, symbol browsing/searching, auto-completion, code snippet, debugging, building and more. If you know MSVC, you'll be comfortable immediately (F5 to start debugging, F9 for breakpoints, etc). It's supported by a fully Lua script written plugin framework.

QDE Edit

Quotix Development Environment for Lua. It supports project management, autocomplete functionality, a multi-document interface, debugging and much more. Sadly doesn't include a debug mode to test scripts with.

Zeus for Windows Edit

IDE with Lua syntax highlighting, code folding, project management, integrated version control. The IDE is fully scriptable using Lua

TextPad Edit

Not an official Lua IDE however, with an available syntax file available as an addon provides great syntax highlighting.

Edit+ Edit

Not an official Lua IDE however, with an available syntax file available as an addon provides great syntax highlighting. You can freely download and try it for 30 days. If you find it useful and decide to keep it over 30-day evaluation period, you should pay the registration fee. Nag window remains on startup if not registered.

EmEditor Edit

Excellent text editor which won "Best Application" in the 2008 Shareware Industry Awards. Some notable new features are auto-completion ( all file types ) and Ctags support. The list of syntax files available shows Lua 5.1 is available. Supported OSs are Windows Vista/XP/2000/Server 2008/Server 2003/Windows 7 ( 32-bit & 64-bit ).

EditPad Pro Edit

Great notepad replacement/enhancement with just about the best support of any editor for Regexes. Lua syntax hilight and code navigation with a Lua add-on located on this page. Free 30-day evaluation copy of EditPad Pro or download EditPad Lite, free for non-commercial use. EditPad Lite and Pro are available for Windows and Linux.

UltraEdit Edit

Comprehensive programmer's text editor with coloration, code folding, autoindentation, code projects, etc. You can freely download and try it for 30 days. Syntax definitions for WoW Lua and XML are maintained here: UltraEdit WoW wordfile.txt or a new complete lua.txt including WoW, WotLK, Ace2 & Ace3 API functions and XML is available at

SubEthaEdit Edit

Collaborative text editor with Lua syntax highlighting. For Mac OS X.

Sublime Text Edit

Beautiful Windows text editor with inbuilt Lua syntax highlighting.

ScriptDev Edit

ScriptDev is a powerful script language IDE, it can support some very popular script language, for example, Tcl, Python, Ruby, Lua, Perl and so on.

Commercial Edit

BBEdit 8.7 Edit

Now supports, and has syntax-directed text coloring, for Lua.

Decoda Edit

Lua IDE and graphical debugger with syntax highlighting, source code control (SCC) support, etc. Non-commercial licensing also available.

Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 Edit

Will open and edit LUA files in code view.

E-TextEditor Edit

Windows editor with support for TextMate bundles and themes. With the Lua Bundle for syntax highlighting. More information on installing TextMate bundles in E-TextEditor.

Lua Glider IDE (Windows/Mac OSX) Edit

A commercial IDE featuring one click debugging, profiling, class aware code completion, declaration/occurrences finder, semantic highlighting and more.

iLuaBox Edit

iLuaBox is an app for iOS devices (iPhone, iPod, and iPad) that provides an intuitive environment to learn, write, and run scripts written in the Lua Programming Language. This is not a stripped down version of Lua, but rather a full-featured implementation that is optimized for iOS 4.2. iLuaBox is a universal application that runs on any iOS 4.2 compatible device.

Smultron Edit

Editor for the Mac. $4.99 on Mac App Store. Three versions available: Smultron (for 10.6 "Snow Leopard"), Smultron 4 (for 10.7 "Lion"), and Smultron 5 (for 10.8 "Mountain Lion"). Has LUA syntax coloring.

Sublime Text Editor (Windows/Mac OSX/Linux) Edit

A programmable text editor that offers syntax highlighting for multiple languages. It features several time saving shortcuts and is highly customizable.

TextMate Edit

Mac OS X editor. With the Lua Bundle for syntax highlighting. More information on installing TextMate bundles.

External links Edit

  • Lua Addons Great resource for more Lua IDEs and other Lua tools
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