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Fennel is a programming language that brings together the speed, simplicity, and reach of Lua with the flexibility of a lisp syntax and macro system.

Anywhere you can run Lua code, you can run Fennel code.

;; Sample: read the state of the keyboard and move the player accordingly
(local dirs {:up [0 -1] :down [0 1] :left [-1 0] :right [1 0]})

(each [key [dx dy] (pairs dirs)]
  (when (love.keyboard.isDown key)
    (let [[px py] player
          x (+ px (* dx player.speed dt))
          y (+ py (* dy player.speed dt))]
      (world:move player x y))))

See the install instructions in the setup guide.

That's too much work!

Fine, you can use Fennel right here without installing anything:

Curious about how a piece of code compiles? See for yourself with a side-by-side view how Fennel turns into Lua and vice-versa.


Looking for other versions? Docs are generated for:


Fennel's repository is on Sourcehut, and discussion occurs on the mailing list and the #fennel channel on Libera.Chat and on Matrix.

The 1st annual Fennel Game Jam happened in May 2022.

Come meet the Fennel community and make friends at any of our community events.

Take a look at the list of codebases written in Fennel if you want to get a feel for how larger projects look. The cookbook has smaller self-contained examples.

Community interactions are subject to the code of conduct.

We periodically run surveys of the community; see the 2022 and 2021 results.

Bug reports are tracked in Sourcehut or Github.

There is also a wiki for collecting ideas.

Fennel is copyright © 2016-2023 Calvin Rose and contributors and is released under the MIT/X11 license. This website is under the same terms. The logo is © 2020 m455 and released under the Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license.