LUAC File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a LUAC file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .LUAC files.

What is a LUAC file?

The .luac file extension is normally found in files linked with Lua compiler. Lua compiler translates programs written in the Lua programming language into binary files that can be loaded and executed with lua_dofile in C or with dofile in Lua.

The main advantages of pre-compiling chunks with Lua compiler (1) It enables faster loading (2) It protects the source code from other user changes, and (3) It is an off-line syntax error detection. Binary files created by Lua Compiler are usually in .lua extension but sometimes .luac extension is used and likewise admissible.

The .luac files (lua chunks) are always compiled into bytecodes before being executed. The compiler simply allows those bytecodes to be saved in a file more appropriate for execution.

The Lua Compiler also produces a single output file containing the bytecodes for all source files given. The internal format of the binary files produced by the compiler may change when a new version of Lua is released. Maintenance of compatibility for binary files is necessary but sometimes due to the limiting factors it is not probable. Saving the .lua and .luac source files is imperative to avoid the circumstances of incompatibility arises.

How to open LUAC files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension LUAC for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 1 different LUAC openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension LUAC

While we know of one file format using the .LUAC file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .LUAC file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of LUAC files. Remember, different programs may use LUAC files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

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We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with LUAC-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
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