Roblox is a gaming platform that allows anyone to create their own games with Roblox Studio and share them with the world. Have you ever wondered how to teach yourself scripting on Roblox? Whether you have an interest in designing video games for fun, or hope to make a career out of game design someday, learning Roblox scripting is a fun and rewarding way to get started!
Learn how to teach yourself scripting on Roblox
There are a wide variety of options available for anyone to learn how to create and use scripting in Roblox. These are just a few examples of some of the easiest methods.
1. Roblox YouTube videos
There are hundreds of tutorial videos available to learn Roblox scripting on YouTube. Many developers have created a series of videos starting from how to open Roblox Studio all the way through to advanced scripting techniques. There are plenty of good videos available that will show up in search results, such as this Roblox video (see screen capture below).
The benefit of learning through YouTube videos is that the information can be watched, paused, and rewatched indefinitely until the examples make sense. However, the challenging part of this method is that it is usually difficult to ask questions about the video content or coding. The channel host may or may not respond to questions in the comment section, or may not display a way to be reached directly in the video description for questions.
2. Free Tutorial Articles
Roblox Studio developers provide a website of useful tutorial articles available to anyone who wants to learn Lua scripting. Their website is a free resource that teaches scripting with written code examples and images. Each web page steps the learner through various skills, from beginner to expert, and is great for fluent readers and those who are self-motivated. See an example page here. The tutorial is easy to follow and has great visual examples. However, like the YouTube videos, if the reader has questions about the content, it may be hard to get an answer or know where and who to ask when questions arise.
3. Free Live Online Classes
The fastest and easiest way to learn scripting is with live online classes. Check out our free introductory Roblox Studio scripting course that can set you off on a fast path to learning and understanding Lua, the scripting language used in Roblox Studio. Classes include visual examples, written code examples, and live instruction to guide learners through the process and answer questions, leading to a higher quality of scripting ability than either written tutorials or videos alone can provide. Perhaps the best part of taking an online tutorial class is that you can ask questions in the moment, and certified teachers can guide learners individually within a small group that works together to create something fun!
4. Decompile and Modify Free Models
The Roblox website and Roblox Studio contain free scripts that can be downloaded and placed directly into the game design interface. These pre-built scripts are great for people just starting out trying to make game items perform specific tasks in the game, and can be modified and decompiled as a way to learn how to build similar scripts. However, these kinds of free scripts should be added with caution. Scripts can be designed and shared by anyone, and may contain viruses that can infect both your game and your computer. Be sure to use free model scripts that come directly from Roblox instead of searching for developer-made options.
5. Reading Roblox Developer Forum Posts
Developer forum posts usually contain scripting questions posted out to the general public asking for specific ways to code script to solve a particular problem. Reading through forum posts is a great way to spark scripting ideas and also learn how to create code that might work for general purposes. For those who learn by examples, this is a handy method to gain an understanding of Roblox scripting, but might be a better resource for once a basic understanding of Lua scripting has been obtained.
Teach yourself scripting on Roblox
No matter which method feels like it makes the most sense, learning to code and create script in Roblox Studio to enhance your game design is a very fun and rewarding experience. Since many coding languages are similar, learning Roblox scripting is a great introduction into learning to read and write code for many gaming platforms.
Up next, learn about Roblox coding basics. For an easy and fun introduction to scripting Lua and creating Roblox games, join our free Roblox class. Then, complete our Roblox learning program with Roblox camps.
Written by Kari Tonkin, a Create & Learn instructor. Kari has been teaching a wide variety of courses and ages for more than twenty-six years. Some of her favorite subjects to teach include computer science, graphic design, mathematics, and coding languages. She received a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Design with Technology Integration from Black Hills State University in 2016 and has used this knowledge to stay current on new technology trends in education. When she is not working, Kari enjoys playing video games with her family, including Roblox and Minecraft, hiking and camping, and traveling around the United States.