Getting Started

Running Lona From A Script

For microservices or small prototypes a Lona app can be run using a single python script.

$ pip install lona
from datetime import datetime

from lona.html import HTML, H1, Div
from lona import LonaApp, LonaView

app = LonaApp(__file__)

class ClockView(LonaView):
    def handle_request(self, request):
        timestamp = Div()

        html = HTML(

        while True:



More information: Lona Scripts

Starting A Lona Project From The Project Template

The easiest way to start a Lona project is to use the lona-project-template.

$ git clone
$ cd lona-project-template
$ make server

The GNU make target server sets up a Python virtualenv and starts lona-server. When you open http://localhost:8080 with your browser, you should see Hello World.

Writing a view

In this section we will create an interactive view that counts to ten.

# lona_project/views/

from lona.html import HTML, H1, P, Div
from lona import LonaView

class CountToTen(LonaView):
    def handle_request(self, request):
        counter = Div('0')

        html = HTML(
            H1('Count To Ten'),
            P('Counter: ', counter),

        for i in range(1, 11):


We need to add a route to lona_project/ that points to our new view.

# lona_project/

from lona import Route

routes = [
    Route('/count-to-ten/', 'views/'),
    Route('/', 'views/'),

The new view should now accessible on http://localhost:8080/count-to-ten/.

More information: Views

Adding HTML and CSS

The overall layout of your page gets defined by lona_project/templates/lona/frontend.html. Here you can add a banner, navigation, a footer and so on. By default the frontend template loads lona_project/static/style.css. You can extend this file or include more CSS and Javascript stored in lona_project/static.