Lua VS Cython

Compare Lua vs Cython and see what are their differences.


Lua is a powerful, efficient, lightweight, embeddable scripting language. It supports procedural programming, object-oriented programming, functional programming, data-driven programming, and data description. (by LuaDist)
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Lua Cython
0 45
1,353 7,138
- 1.1%
0.0 9.6
over 8 years ago about 2 hours ago
C Python
MIT License Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Lua. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects.

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Tracking mentions began in Dec 2020.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Cython. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-06-15.
  • High-performance Python
    4 projects | | 15 Jun 2022
    There are various techniques and modules/APIs that I already know/that I have used already that can be used (this talk is quite to the point and very enlightening: - NumPy’s own functions / Pandas’ own functions that are row-wise/column-wise - vectorization - Numba (although it has some limitations with “special functions”, and with the implementation with Pandas, as far as I know) - Cython - Dask - Apache Spark (with a focus in PySpark )
  • Alta performance em Python
    2 projects | | 15 Jun 2022
  • Christoph Gohlke's Windows Wheels site is shutting down by the end of the month
    2 projects | | 14 Jun 2022
    This is not just a random change that could break someone's workflow, it rather feels like an absolute desaster in the light of millions of python users and developers worldwide who rely on those precompiled python wheels. Just a few numbers to illustrate the potential catastrophe that is on the horizon when Christoph shuts down his service: - a simple backlink check reveals ~83k referal links from ~5k unique domains, out of which many prominent and official websites appear in the top 100, such as,, or famous package providers like Shapely, GeoPandas, Cartopy, Fiona, or GDAL (by O'Reilly). - Another perspective provides the high number of related search results, votes, and views on StackOverflow, which clearly indicates the vast amount of installation issues haunting the python community and how often Christoph's unofficial website is the key to solve them.
  • A little different, maybe. What do you want?
    1 project | | 12 Jun 2022
    Cython is something, but I've been to scared to try it ! (for some dumb mental-block-ish reason)
  • Motivations for Adopting Python Over Javasript/NodeJS?
    2 projects | | 1 Jun 2022
    Node.js/javascript was not made for something like this even though it works doesn't mean it is recommended. On the other hand, python is really good with CLI, tooling, and utilities. Also, if you know c/c++ you would enjoy more it is a combination of c and python and you can do all of the things you can do in Python and easily communicate with c. At the end of the day it is really just what you perfer.
  • OCaml vs Haskell for finance
    3 projects | | 21 May 2022
    Also, Cython has low level and high level typing and even Python also has native typings that you can use statically so you'd be able to do that as well, while Cython would probably express greater performance than Haskell/OCaml for this application since it's closer to the architectural paradigm of C/C++ and so the compilation is simpler and more direct.
  • My Experiences with Julia
    3 projects | | 16 May 2022
    Cython has long been an interesting alternative here - a gradually typed amalgam of Python & C that lets you write/compile Python extension modules without needing to learn much of the CPython API. You can even use --embed to compile your whole script file and -X infer_types.verbose=True to let you know where types are dynamic/implicit rather than declared. Several big core packages like scipy use this as well.

    Personally, I prefer Nim [2] which has more compile-time meta-programming support, is strongly typed from the outset, and has a lot of syntactic flexibility like UFCS, and many other goodies.



  • Python vs. JavaScript: Is It a Fair Comparison?
    3 projects | | 15 May 2022
    There are ways to optimize Python’s performance by taking advantage of the fact that it uses the C programming language under the hood. For example, NumPy comes with optimized C code that makes Python code faster. Cython is a compiler, and a superset of the Python language that enables developers to build fast C modules that speed up the execution of Python code.
  • For loop vs while loop in Python.
    9 projects | | 14 May 2022
  • Python Shouldn't Be the Top Programming Language
    2 projects | | 28 Apr 2022
    It depends on what "graduate" means (I note your "scare quotes"). For some lexical styles matter a lot and it is easier to answer this question with that kind of constraint.

    While its ecosystem is surely much smaller than even Julia's, Nim [1] has a lot of the concise, lexical feel of Python, but semantics more like Modula3/Ada and with Lisp-like syntax macros/metaprogramming to fill in other gaps.

    Another possibility is Cython [2] which is basically a superset of Python with gradual typing.



What are some alternatives?

When comparing Lua and Cython you can also consider the following projects:

ChaiScript - Embedded Scripting Language Designed for C++

Duktape - Duktape - embeddable Javascript engine with a focus on portability and compact footprint

Wren - The Wren Programming Language. Wren is a small, fast, class-based concurrent scripting language.

V8 - The official mirror of the V8 Git repository


SWIG - SWIG is a software development tool that connects programs written in C and C++ with a variety of high-level programming languages.

Pyston - A faster and highly-compatible implementation of the Python programming language.

Stackless Python


dramatiq - A fast and reliable background task processing library for Python 3.

sol2 - Sol3 (sol2 v3.0) - a C++ <-> Lua API wrapper with advanced features and top notch performance - is here, and it's great! Documentation: - A foreign function interface for bash.