What is Ren'Py?

Ren'Py is a visual novel engine that helps you use words, images, and sounds to tell stories with the computer. These can be both visual novels and life simulation games. The easy to learn script language allows you to efficiently write large visual novels, while its Python scripting is enough for complex simulation games.

Ren'Py is open source and free for commercial use. It supports Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android.

Where do I get it?

The latest version of Ren'Py is 6.18.1, released on September 22, 2014. This release fixes bugs found in Ren'Py 6.18 "... through shared popular culture.".

Where do I start?

The quickstart walks you through the process of creating a simple game.

There are a large number of community-created tutorials that explain how to customize Ren'Py.

Ren'Py comes with a comprehensive, if complex, reference manual, also available in Japanese.

The best places to ask questions about Ren'Py are the Lemma Soft Forums and the #renpy IRC channel.

If you think you've found a bug in Ren'Py, report it to our GitHub issue tracker.

If you'd like to contribute to Ren'Py development, please visit our GitHub project page.

How do I keep in touch?

We make news about Ren'Py available on a number of social platforms:

Twitter: You can follow Ren'Py's lead developer @renpytom for release announcements, development news, and general commentary on life.

Facebook: We announce new releases and other community news on our Facebook page.

Deviantart: Artists interested in Ren'Py and visual novels might want to visit our DeviantArt group.

To ask questions that aren't appropriate for a public forum, or to find a speaker for your visual novel-related conference or con, please contact us via email.