LÖVE

Hi there! LÖVE is an *awesome* framework you can use to make 2D games in Lua. It's free, open-source, and works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Download LÖVE 0.9.1

Windows XP+
32-bit installer
32-bit zipped
64-bit installer
64-bit zipped
Mac OS X 10.6+
64-bit zipped
Ubuntu 12.04–14.04
PPA
32-bit: liblove · love · dbg
64-bit: liblove · love · dbg
Other downloads
LÖVE source
Older versions

Open Source

LÖVE is licensed under the liberal zlib/libpng license. This means that:

  • It costs nothing.
  • You can use it freely for commercial purposes with no limitations.

The source can be found on Bitbucket.

Community

If you get stuck, many friendly people are ready to help you at the forums. Be warned, however, that it sometimes gets too friendly.

People also post their games and projects on the forums, so it's a nice way of exploring what LÖVE can do. Or at least what people choose to use it for.

There is also an IRC channel: #love@irc.oftc.net.

Examples

It’s pretty easy to get started with LÖVE, just check out these code snippets.

Drawing text
function love.draw()
love.graphics.print("Hello World!", 400, 300)
end
Drawing an image
function love.load()
whale = love.graphics.newImage("whale.png")
end
function love.draw()
love.graphics.draw(whale, 300, 200)
end
Playing a sound
function love.load()
sound = love.audio.newSource("music.ogg")
love.audio.play(sound)
end

Check out some more tutorials on the wiki.

Games

LÖVE has been used for commercial projects, game jams, prototyping, and everything in between. Here are a few examples.