File::Slurper - A simple, sane and efficient module to slurp a file


version 0.009


 use File::Slurper 'read_text';
 my $content = read_text($filename);


This module provides functions for fast and correct slurping and spewing. All functions are optionally exported.


read_text($filename, $encoding, $crlf)

Reads file $filename into a scalar and decodes it from $encoding (which defaults to UTF-8). If $crlf is true, crlf translation is performed. The default for this argument is off. The special value 'auto' will set it to a platform specific default value.


Reads file $filename into a scalar without any decoding or transformation.

read_lines($filename, $encoding, $crlf, $skip_chomp)

Reads file $filename into a list/array line-by-line, after decoding from $encoding, optional crlf translation and chomping.

write_text($filename, $content, $encoding, $crlf)

Writes $content to file $filename, encoding it to $encoding (which defaults to UTF-8). It can also take a crlf argument that works exactly as in read_text.

write_binary($filename, $content)

Writes $content to file $filename as binary data.


Open dirname and return all entries except . and ...


This module tries to make it as easy as possible to read and write files correctly and fast. The most correct way of doing this is not always obvious (e.g. #83126), and just as often the most obvious correct way is not the fastest correct way. This module hides away all such complications behind an easy intuitive interface.


This module has an optional dependency on PerlIO::utf8_strict. Installing this will make UTF-8 encoded IO significantly faster, but should not otherwise affect the operation of this module. This may change into a dependency on the related Unicode::UTF8 in the future.


  • Path::Tiny

    A minimalistic abstraction handling not only IO but also paths.

  • IO::All

    An attempt to expose as many IO related features as possible via a single API.

  • File::Slurp

    This is previous generation file slurping module. It has a number of issues, as described here

  • File::Slurp::Tiny

    This was my previous attempt at a better file slurping module. It's mostly (but not entirely) a drop-in replacement for File::Slurp, which is both a feature (easy conversion) and a bug (interface issues).


  • open_text/open_binary?

  • drain_handle?


Leon Timmermans <>


This software is copyright (c) 2014 by Leon Timmermans.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.