What is Ren'Py?

Ren'Py is a visual novel engine – used by thousands of creators from around the world – that helps you use words, images, and sounds to tell interactive stories that run on computers and mobile devices. These can be both visual novels and life simulation games. The easy to learn script language allows anyone 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.

Where does it run?

Android 2.3+
Chrome OS
Linux x86/x86_64
Windows XP+
Mac OS X 10.6+
iOS 7+

Where do I get it?

The latest version of Ren'Py is "A funny thing happened.", released on February 4, 2018.

A prerelease of Ren'Py "A funny thing happened." is available for testing. It was last updated on March 18, 2018. Please do not release games with this version until it has become stable. The prerelease is documented here.

Who is it sponsored by?

Nicholas Swenson
Euan 'Xolf' Robertson

Where do I start?

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

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.