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Parchment is the Interactive Fiction player for the web. To play a story with Parchment go to!

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Parchment is made with the support of a grant from the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation.

Parchment for Inform 7

Inform 7 includes Parchment, allowing you to produce personal websites for your stories. If you want to update the version of Parchment used by Inform 7, get it from the releases page and unzip it into the Templates subfolder of your project's Materials folder.

Site Generator

For those who aren't using Inform 7 (or who can no longer recompile their storyfile), the Parchment Site Generator allows you to make a single file version of Parchment. This supports any of the formats supported by Parchment (Adrift 4, Glulx, Hugo, TADS 2/3, Z-Code).

Single File Build

Parchment is also available as a single file, suitable for downloading and using offline. Download from the releases page.

Free Software

Parchment is MIT licensed, and incorporates the following upstream projects:

Name Upstream repo License
AsyncGlk curiousdannii/asyncglk MIT
Bocfel garglk/garglk GPL-2.0/GPL-3.0
Emglken curiousdannii/emglken MIT
Git DavidKinder/Git MIT
GlkOte erkyrath/glkote MIT
Glulxe erkyrath/glulxe MIT
Hugo hugoif/hugo-unix BSD-2-Clause
Iosevka be5invis/Iosevka OFL
jQuery jquery/jquery MIT
Quixe erkyrath/quixe MIT
RemGlk erkyrath/remglk MIT
Scare garglk/garglk GPL-2.0
TADS tads-intfic/tads-runner GPL-2.0
ZVM curiousdannii/ifvms.js MIT

Building Instructions

Parchment is only designed for building in Linux and may not work in other OSes. You'll need to install Git and Node version >= 16.

The upstream projects are included as git submodules. Start by initializing the submodules:

git submodule update --init --recursive

Then install the npm dependencies:

npm install

This will also automatically build Parchment.

Then, you'll need to open index.html on a web server. (It won't work when you run it on your filesystem as a file:/// URL.) You can launch a simple web server like this:

npm start

Then you can view Parchment at http://localhost:8080 to see your handiwork.

Each time you change code in the src folder, the server will automatically rebuild the web code. Refresh to see your changes.

You can also build your own dist/inform/ like this:

npm install
npm run inform7