Authoring systems for Windows

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This list shows stable interactive fiction authoring systems that are downloadable on Windows. They are listed in date order (latest release first).

Authoring system Link Style System Multimedia support Updated
Inform 6 Download Run online Parser Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux 2024-02-10
Balladeer Download Parser-choice hybrid Windows, macOS, Linux Runs as a server; all web media supported. 2024-02-03
PunyInform Download Run online Parser Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, MS-DOS, Classic Mac OS, Acorn Archimedes, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Other 2024-01-05
Twine Download Run online Choice Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux same as HTML5 2024-01-03
ThinBASIC Adventure Builder Download Parser Windows Graphics: jpg, png, bmp, gif

Sound: wav, ogg, mp3, aiff, mod FMVideo: wmv

2023-09-03
INSTEAD Download Run online Parser, Choice, Parser-choice hybrid Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Other graphics, sound 2023-09-01
Folia Download Choice Windows, Linux Displays images in a dedicated pane, as well as background images, and supports image effects such as alpha blending. Sound is supported. 2023-08-31
IfSpace.net Download Run online Parser-choice hybrid Browser, Windows No multimedia 2023-06-22
Inform 7 Download Run online Parser Windows, macOS, Linux, browser 2022-08-31
PICO-8 Choice Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, Other Supports color effects, graphics, music, and sound effects. 2022-08-28
A-code (Dave Platt) Download Parser Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Other No multimedia as such, but browser builds can support games making use of all HTML capabilities, giving latent multimedia support. 2022-01-04
Ren'Py Download Choice Windows, macOS, Linux rich multimedia 2021-12-02
Hugo Run online Parser Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android Multimedia depends on the interpreter 2021-09-25
Dialog Download Run online Parser, Choice Browser, Windows, Linux graphics 2021-01-02
ADRIFT Download Parser Windows 2020-09-12
Squiffy Download Run online Choice Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux Colour, graphics, sound: possible. 2019-03-25
Tale Download Parser Windows, Linux Runs as a server, hence all web media supported. 2019-02-21
Quest (Language) Download Run online Parser-choice hybrid Browser, Windows 2018-07-20
TADS 3 Download Parser Windows, macOS, Linux Color, Graphics, Sound 2016-03-07
TADS 2 Download Parser Windows, macOS, Linux Color, Graphics, Sound 2016-03-07
Archetype Download Parser Linux, macOS, Windows 2014-01-01
AGT Download Windows, MS-DOS, Classic Mac OS, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga
Dendry Choice Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux

You may also be interested in the following authoring systems, which will run within a browser window:

Authoring system Link Style System Multimedia support Updated
Inform 6 Download Run online Parser Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux 2024-02-10
PunyInform Download Run online Parser Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, MS-DOS, Classic Mac OS, Acorn Archimedes, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Other 2024-01-05
Twine Download Run online Choice Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux same as HTML5 2024-01-03
Moiki Run online Choice Browser Images, sounds, colors, fonts. 2023-09-14
INSTEAD Download Run online Parser, Choice, Parser-choice hybrid Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Other graphics, sound 2023-09-01
Evergreen.ink Choice Browser, iOS, Android graphics, sound 2023-08-14
IfSpace.net Download Run online Parser-choice hybrid Browser, Windows No multimedia 2023-06-22
Inform 7 Download Run online Parser Windows, macOS, Linux, browser 2022-08-31
PICO-8 Choice Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, Other Supports color effects, graphics, music, and sound effects. 2022-08-28
Inklewriter Download Run online Choice Browser 2021-11-06
Hugo Run online Parser Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android Multimedia depends on the interpreter 2021-09-25
Ink Download Run online Choice Browser 2021-02-22
Dialog Download Run online Parser, Choice Browser, Windows, Linux graphics 2021-01-02
Squiffy Download Run online Choice Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux Colour, graphics, sound: possible. 2019-03-25
Quest (Language) Download Run online Parser-choice hybrid Browser, Windows 2018-07-20
Dendry Choice Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux

To see all Windows authoring systems, including ones that may not be stable, you can use the search form or drilldown page.

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