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You can add this to your list:

We used it as well, it's MIT-licensed, in C, tested at least with 5.1 and 5.2.
Not sure that it complies with all your requirements.


On Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 1:51 PM, Timm S. Mueller <> wrote:

before I'm starting to write my own, I'm looking for a serialization
and deserialization library. Requirements:

- must cover Lua 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and LuaJIT
- in the MIT/BSD/CC/PD license department
- must cover cyclic references and binary data
- preferrably written in C for performance, Lua would be fine also
- should only use official Lua APIs, no outside dependencies, no state
- The transport format should be legal Lua, but this isn't strictly a
requirement and may be sacrificed if the result can be transported,
preferrably also between different architectures and Lua versions. I'm
not objecting to using JSON format either.

Not required: Userdata, metatables, functions and upvalues. A small
footprint and the ability to operate on a writer/readers would be nice.
Any ideas, recommendations?

Timm S. Mueller <>
Schulze & Mueller GbR, Jungstr. 2, 10247 Berlin,
Gesellschafter: Franciska Schulze, Timm S. Mueller,
Tel. +49 30 85610000,