Corona autocomplete package now available for Atom editor

Corona autocomplete package now available for Atom editor

We would like to announce the immediate availability of a code completion package for the Atom editor, which provides code completion as well as a description and links to the Corona Docs.

You have two options to install the package: through Atom’s package interface or from the command line.

If you choose the Atom’s package interface, open up the Preferences screen and click on Install.

In the search box, type corona and hit enter. The autocomplete-corona package should show as the first option. Click on the Install button. This will install the package and you can start using it immediately.

If you prefer, you can install it from the command line by executing:

You may also need to enable the language-lua package as well, to get the syntax highlighting.


This is a no-frills package that uses Corona’s own docs to provide the code completion. Simply tab to complete and then tab between parameters to fill them out.

This tool complements our Corona Editor and Corona Composer GUI tools to help you make your apps easier.

Atom also supports building your project. There is not a pre-built Corona SDK build provider. However, you can configure your own by putting an extra file in the folder with your main.lua named:


You must include this file in every project you want to build. The contents of the file will vary depending on if you are using a daily build or public build. And it will vary between OS X and Windows.

Here is an example OS X version for public releases:

If you use daily builds change the first line to the right folder:

For Windows, you will need to provide the right path to your Corona SDK install folder.

You must also install the build package to use this. Click here to learn more about these build scripts.

If you are an Atom fan, you will now be more empowered.

Having problems? Questions? Join the discussion in the Corona Labs Forums.


Rob Miracle

Rob is the Developer Relations Manager for Corona Labs. Besides being passionate about helping other developers make great games using Corona, he is also enjoys making games in his spare time. Rob has been coding games since 1979 from personal computers to mainframes. He has over 16 years professional experience in the gaming industry.

  • Rune
    Posted at 06:45h, 23 January

    The Atom editor installer from is reported as malware by a few antivirus software packages. Is the Atom Editor from this site this safe?

    • Rob Miracle
      Posted at 15:21h, 23 January

      Have you reported this to

  • Lerg
    Posted at 11:04h, 23 January

    I also recommend these packages:

    For linter-luacheck I use these settings. I’ve installed luacheck with luarocks:
    Executable: /opt/local/share/luarocks/bin/luacheck
    Globals: audio, display, easing, graphics, io, math, native, network, os, store, system, timer, transition, Runtime
    Ignore: self

  • Dave
    Posted at 12:01h, 23 January

    Nice to see support for more editors. It would be great to get official support for the best Lua IDE too: ZeroBrane Studio (

  • Mileni
    Posted at 14:54h, 23 January

    Just tried it out for a 2-3 mins. And already found a couple of bugs. First one is that it doesn’t autocomplete all API-s, even tough they are there. Just to mention display.newImageRect . After I type ‘display.’ I get autocomplete. But if I add in ‘newIm..’ nothing happends.

    Another one is probably easy to fix. When I click on ‘More…’ for documentation link, it doesn’t link me properly. Link is easily fixable, coz it links me to…

    Just removing the local in between makes things work like a charm. Author of this nice plugin should fix that 🙂

    • Vivek
      Posted at 12:45h, 25 January

      Hi Mileni,

      The More… URL is fixed and the package has been updated.

      • Mileni
        Posted at 14:59h, 26 January

        Great. Once again, thanks for this great plugin 🙂

  • Dave Haynes
    Posted at 06:12h, 27 January

    I like trying new editors. I’ve noticed a bug whenever I try to do an if…then, it wants to convert my then to timer.performWithDelay every time.

  • Antheor
    Posted at 01:01h, 11 February

    Great news.
    linter-luachecks always return an error when opening a lua file 🙁

    • Sergey Lerg
      Posted at 14:46h, 29 February

      It must be installed in your system before using the plugin for it.

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  • Dave Haynes
    Posted at 11:15h, 10 May

    So… it’s been a few months… I tried installed the Corona Autocomplete again, and it still has the same problem I mentioned above. Example: type “if (1==1) then” and hit ENTER, and it changes “then” to “timer.performWithDelay”… That makes it unusable.

    • Jadiker
      Posted at 22:12h, 09 August

      @Dave, yeah, I’m having the same problem… I really dislike it. New to Corona and this is making it quite hard to program. Has this been reported to them? Are they working on it?

  • Vyner
    Posted at 07:11h, 11 May

    I install it, how to make it works with corona??? and set it??

  • Rob Miracle
    Posted at 07:11h, 11 August

    We’ve pushed a new version of the plugin up. If you update your plugins in Atom, you should find this bug (and several more) fixed.