LUA Syntax highlighting in Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 (Preview)

Lately I’ve been working a lot with LUA and C++ code. As usual I’ve been using Visual Studio and it hindered me that there was no syntax high-lighting and that on Google I couldn’t find any up to plug-in that worked in VS 2012/2013 (yeah I’m working on the cutting edge at the moment.

After a lot of searching I found this post, I then figured out that VSIX files are just plain zip files with XML and other data stored inside. After some tweaking I present you 2 Visual Studio plugins. One for 2012 and one for 2013 (preview) that adds proper syntax high-lighting.

Download the Visual Studio 2012 and 2013 Version (zipped)

(Update 2: Some users were still not able to download the files because the VSIX files were interpreted as XML, so I’ve uploaded a zip file instead that contains both files)

8 Responses to “LUA Syntax highlighting in Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013 (Preview)”

  1. Jasper says:


    Thanks. Have you tried this with Visual Studio 2013 final version? I’ve installed it but I can’t seem to find Lua when I create a new file.

    Thank you,

  2. I’ve only tried it with the release candidate. Unfortunately I don’t have access to standard version 2013 atm :(.

  3. Jasper says:

    Microsoft has a program for students called DreamSpark. If you are a student you can get it here.

  4. sondlerd says:

    Awesome work. Thanks so much, it worked in both VS 2012 and 2013. Many thanks!

  5. Thanks a lot for these!

  6. Flop says:

    Um, there’s no installation instructions?…

  7. Just double click the file!

  8. Vinod says:

    Nice thanks man !

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