Building and installing Lapis with OpenResty

Running OpenResty and making applications with Lapis


Lapis web framework running on top of OpenResty with LuaJit


Trying out a new framework for me called Lapis. Built on top of OpenResty making for fast rendering of content with LuaJit compiling. I decided to record down my findings for how to accomplish using Lapis tonight.

I started with Ubuntu 15 and the rest is a summary of:

  1. build + install OpenResty
  2. testing OpenResty
  3. install Lapis
  4. testing Lapis with sample Lua application

For now, this is a good starting point. Next up, I would like to try sending queries to a database.


Install OpenResty

sudo apt-get install git libreadline-dev libncurses5-dev libpcre3-dev \
    libssl-dev perl make build-essential perl make libssl-dev \
    postgresql-9.4 postgresql-server-dev-9.4 postgresql-contrib-9.4
./configure --with-cc-opt="-I/usr/include/openssl -I/usr/include" \ 
--with-ld-opt="-L/usr/include/openssl -L/usr/include" -j8 \ 
--prefix=/opt/openresty- \
--with-pcre-jit \
--with-ipv6 \

# make with 4 spare cpu power
make -j4
# install
make install

Make a plain app to test OpenResty

Create the application

mkdir ~/work
cd ~/work
mkdir logs/ conf/

Create nginx configuration file

Contents of ~/conf/nginx.conf

worker_processes  1;
error_log logs/error.log;
events {
    worker_connections 1024;
http {
    server {
        listen 8080;
        location / {
            default_type text/html;
            content_by_lua '
                ngx.say("<p>hello, world</p>")

Start the applicatoin

To start the application you need to load your environment’s path with the custom nginx binary that is compiled with OpenResty

export PATH
nginx -p `pwd`/ -c conf/nginx.conf

We are now ready to test the application with a curl call

curl http://localhost:8080/

The expected output should be:

<p>hello, world</p>


Now that we have the OpenResty confirmed working, time to move on to the Lapis framework.

Install Lapis

apt-get install luarocks
luarocks install moonscript
luarocks install lapis
luarocks install --server= lapis

Make a test application

mkdir lapistest
cd lapistest
lapis new --lua
lapis server

Test the application with curl!

curl http://localhost:8080

You should see the following:

Lapis PageWelcome to Lapis 1.4.3
Aaron Addleman
Aaron Addleman
Principal Automation Engineer

Fun with programming and infrastructure