Authoring systems for parser-based IF

From IFWiki

This list shows stable authoring systems that can be used to create Parser-based interactive fiction. They are listed in date order (latest release first).

Authoring system Link Style System Multimedia support Updated
PunyInform Download Run online Parser Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, MS-DOS, Classic Mac OS, Acorn Archimedes, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Other 2022-11-19
ThinBASIC Adventure Builder Download Parser Windows Graphics: jpg, png, bmp, gif

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

2022-10-02
Inform 7 Download Run online Parser Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux 2022-08-31
Inform 6 Run online Parser Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux 2022-01-25
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
Hugo Run online Parser Browser, Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android Multimedia depends on the interpreter 2021-09-25
FrobTADS Download Parser macOS, Linux, Other color effects 2021-05-09
Dialog Download Run online Parser, Choice Browser, Windows, Linux graphics 2021-01-02
ADRIFT Download Parser Windows 2020-09-12
Tale Download Parser Windows, Linux Runs as a server, hence all web media supported. 2019-02-21
TADS 2 Download Parser Windows, macOS, Linux Color, Graphics, Sound 2016-03-07
TADS 3 Download Parser Windows, macOS, Linux Color, Graphics, Sound 2016-03-07
ADLAN Download Parser Amstrad CPC Graphics (disk-based games) 1989-01-01
STAC Download Parser Atari ST sound, graphics, loading screen
Adventure Builder System Download Parser Sinclair ZX Spectrum Usual ZX Spectrum graphics, sound & colour effects.
Graphic Adventure Creator Parser BBC Micro/Acorn Electron, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64/128, Sinclair ZX Spectrum Line-and-fill images
The Quill Download Parser MS-DOS, BBC Micro/Acorn Electron, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 400/800, Commodore 64/128, Oric-1/Atmos, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Sinclair QL, Other Multimedia support varies by platform but usually includes coloured text, sound, and line-and-fill images.
PAW Download Parser MS-DOS, CP/M, BBC Micro/Acorn Electron, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Sinclair ZX Spectrum Multimedia support varies by platform; by default it includes sound (Spectrum), line-and-fill images (Spectrum), bitmap graphics (CPC), custom fonts, coloured text (Spectrum), and UDGs (Spectrum); but also executing external code routines allow other options.


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

Note: To update information about an authoring system, please go to its IFWiki page and choose "Edit with form." This list of authoring systems will be updated automatically.

Authoring systems
By style ParserChoiceParser-choice hybrid
By system BrowserAndroidiOSLinuxmacOSWindows
Browse Stable authoring systemsSearch formDrilldown
Other software InterpretersUtilities