Corona Native

Corona Native lets you extend Corona beyond the functionality provided by the Corona Lua APIs (reference). For instance, you can use native languages like Objective-C or Java and pass information between the native code and Lua code. You can also create plugins that make it even easier to get native platform features into apps built with Corona.

If you don't need to include custom native code in your app, the Corona Simulator is the best tool to use. Get started here.

System Requirements

Desktop Operating System

  • macOS 10.11 or later for iOS and Android target platforms
  • Windows 7 or later for Android target platform

Development Tools

  • iOS — Xcode (minimum version allowed by Apple to submit apps to the App Store)
  • Android — Android SDK 24.4.1 or higher, supporting Android platform 6.0 (API Level 23) or above

Getting Started


To get started with Corona Native for iOS, please proceed to Corona Native — iOS.


To get started with Corona Native for Android, please proceed to Corona Native — Android.

Plugin Development

Plugins let you extend Corona functionality, leveraging pre-built components. You can create plugins that can be re-used across projects and submit a plugin for availability in the Corona Marketplace.

Learn more in our Plugins guide or in our Plugin Submission Guide.

Self-Hosted Plugins

Corona Native users who have purchased a Priority Plus support plan can enable plugins hosted on 3rd-party servers. Learn more in our Self-Hosted Plugins guide.