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Opens a file on the SD card. If the file is opened for writing, it will be created if it doesn't already exist (but the directory containing it must already exist).

Note: only one file can be open at a time.


SD.open(filepath, mode)


filename: the name the file to open, which can include directories (delimited by forward slashes, /) - char *

mode (optional): the mode in which to open the file, defaults to FILE_READ - byte. one of:

  • FILE_READ: open the file for reading, starting at the beginning of the file.
  • FILE_WRITE: open the file for reading and writing, starting at the end of the file.


a File object referring to the opened file; if the file couldn't be opened, this object will evaluate to false in a boolean context, i.e. you can test the return value with "if (f)".

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