Two years ago, we released Luau into Open Source. Since then, we’ve had an incredibly collaborative relationship with the community through Luau RFCs. Together, we’re building the most advanced scripting language in the world!
The Roblox platform runs on Luau and our hero internal products (Universal App, Studio) are built on it. We were very deliberate in this choice. By using the same language as our community, we progressively improve it, benefitting all.
Today, we’re taking the next step by gradually open sourcing every internal Luau library that we’ve used to build our hero products:
These will be released as both a Github repository and a package on the Creator Marketplace. The package will always reflect the latest repository state. We are working on allowing Github links to be included with any asset on the Creator Marketplace. When this is enabled, the package will carry a link back to the repo (and vice versa).
Both representations (repo & package) will be licensed permissively under MIT and we welcome the community to use these as you like. What makes you successful makes us successful!
We are not accepting contributions at this time. We would like to in the future and are working on a few enablers to make that happen.
We’ve wanted to do this for a while, but as with any large company, open source isn’t free! We’ve thought carefully about balancing risk around security, maintainer commitments, and community code quality. We’re working up the library dependency chain, starting with libraries without dependencies first.
Our first set of libraries includes the following:
A collection of methods for working with immutable data in a functional way for Roblox Lua.
By any chance, are there any plans to expose compression functions? It was proposed years ago here but afaik was never actually materialized. I know those probably aren’t written in Lua but I feel like asking here fits the topic.
Thank you so much! I’m going to hijack this post to say that the OSS discord server and community is really excited about these changes! It’s awesome to see Roblox contributing back to the community in this way.
This is fantastic. Not only is it great to see Roblox finally allowing others to use the libraries created internally, but it is being treated like proper open-source projects. I’m excited to see where this goes with “working up the library dependency chain”.
For those not into open-source, it is important to describe why this is important:
The source code is freely available. No have to dig through the Roblox files and hope they are present.
The commit history (history of what is changed, when it was changed, and a message for why) is provided. Having a commit history and being able to see older versions of files is huge for debugging new problems.
We can request direct code changes through pull requests without having to go through feature requests/bug reports. For Roblox, this is free real estate. For us, this means we don’t need to rely on our request/bug report to be prioritized - we can diagnose issues and present changes to be reviewed. New features we want will be integrated faster. Bugs will be resolved faster.
As someone who regularly uses these packages (and their third party alternatives) I’m so so excited for this announcement! Gone are the days of having to sift through previous projects and library folders to get these utils; in are the days of homogenized versioning and easy access all in one place! Woohoo! I love a lot of the changes being made in recent months and I’m very excited to see what else you guys have in store for us.
Woohoo! I am glad this has finally come to fruition, and the community can stop pulling these from client bundles
A couple of questions:
Will more niche packages, such as Apollo Client and the testing libraries, also be included in these releases? Our game, Clip It, would benefit immensely from Apollo, but we are weary of pulling it from client bundles without test cases because of its complex asynchronous logic.
Me and the team would love to discuss our use cases in private if Apollo & JS-to-Lua aren’t on the roadmap. Releasing them would likely save us months of work long-term.
This is amazing! Roblox also has a wide array of internal tooling to enable development at scale while using Luau and the platform and it’d be great to see a future where these are also released to the community.
I absolutely love to finally see progress on this. I am disappointed a bit that React (or Roact) wasn’t included in the initial batch and that these are read-only (no contributing), but I hope to see that change in the future, as it says. I have major support releasing the JS-to-Lua translation tools, as well.
This is a big jump forward for OSS on Roblox, and it’s a big deal even though Roblox isn’t yet accepting contributions. I cannot wait for what the future holds. Especially given these seem to use Rojo, which is awesome to see.
PS: Uploading these to Wally would be cool. While I know you don’t want to influence what the community uses, in general the OSS community has settled on Wally and these will end up on there one way or another. It would be cool if Roblox themselves were the ones to upload them… Though at the same time I understand not wanting to encourage people to install things from a secondary source that you don’t control despite having your name on it.