Type Function Object File Library io.* Return value none Revision Current Public Release (2017.3184) Keywords close, files See also io.open()
Closes the open file (file is returned from io.open()).
Note that files are automatically closed when their handles are garbage collected, but that takes an unpredictable amount of time to happen.
-- Path for the file local path = system.pathForFile( "myfile.txt", system.DocumentsDirectory ) -- Open the file handle local file, errorString = io.open( path, "r" ) if not file then -- Error occurred; output the cause print( "File error: " .. errorString ) else -- Read data from file local contents = file:read( "*a" ) -- Output the file contents print( "Contents of " .. path .. "\n" .. contents ) -- Close the file handle file:close() end file = nil