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What are LUAC files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a LUAC file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or 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

Important: Different programs may use files with the LUAC file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your LUAC file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the app ourselves yet, our users have suggested a single LUAC opener which you will find listed below.

Last updated: September 16, 2012

Various apps that use files with this extension

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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