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TIC-80 is a free and open source fantasy computer for making, playing and sharing tiny games.

With TIC-80 you get built-in tools for development: code, sprites, maps, sound editors and the command line, which is enough to create a mini retro game.

Games are packaged into a cartridge file, which can be easily distributed. TIC-80 works on all popular platforms. This means your cartridge can be played in any device.

To make a retro styled game, the whole process of creation and execution takes place under some technical limitations: 240x136 pixel display, 16 color palette, 256 8x8 color sprites, 4 channel sound, etc.



  • Multiple programming languages: Lua, Moonscript, Javascript, Ruby, Wren, Fennel, and Squirrel.
  • Games can have mouse and keyboard as input
  • Games can have up to 4 controllers as input (with up to 8 buttons, each)
  • Built-in editors: for code, sprites, world maps, sound effects and music
  • An additional memory bank: load different assets from your cartridge while your game is executing
  • Moderated community

Binary Downloads

You can download compiled versions for the major operating systems directly from our releases page.

Nightly builds

Can be downloaded from nightly builds page or from the Github Actions page.

Pro Version

To help support TIC-80 development, we have a PRO Version.

This version has a few additional features and binaries can only be downloaded on our page.

For users who can't spend the money, we made it easy to build the pro version from the source code: (cmake .. -DBUILD_PRO=On)

Pro features

  • Save/load cartridges in text format, and create your game in any editor you want, also useful for version control systems.
  • Even more memory banks: instead of having only 1 memory bank you have 8.
  • Export your game without editors, and then publish it to app stores.


You can play and share games, tools and music at

The community also hangs out and discusses on Telegram or Discord.


You can contribute by reporting a bug or requesting a new feature on our issues page. Keep in mind when engaging on a discussion to follow our Code of Conduct.

You can also contribute by reviewing or improving our wiki. The wiki holds TIC-80 documentation, code snippets and game development tutorials.

Build instructions


with Visual Studio 2017

  • install Visual Studio 2017
  • install git
  • install Ruby (you can use RubyInstaller)
  • run following commands in cmd
git clone --recursive && cd TIC-80/build
cmake -G "Visual Studio 15 2017 Win64" ..
  • open TIC-80.sln and build
  • enjoy :)

with MinGW

git clone --recursive && cd TIC-80/build
cmake -G "MinGW Makefiles" ..
mingw32-make -j4


Ubuntu 14.04

run the following commands in the Terminal

sudo apt-get install git cmake ruby-full libgles1-mesa-dev libglu-dev -y
git clone --recursive && cd TIC-80/build
cmake ..
make -j4

to install the latest CMake:

wget ""
sudo sh --skip-license --prefix=/usr

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Ubuntu 18.04

run the following commands in the Terminal

sudo apt-get install g++ git cmake ruby-full libglvnd-dev libglu1-mesa-dev freeglut3-dev libasound2-dev -y
git clone --recursive && cd TIC-80/build
cmake ..
make -j4

Fedora 36

run the following commands in the Terminal

sudo dnf -y groupinstall "Development Tools" "Development Libraries"
sudo dnf -y install ruby rubygem-{tk{,-doc},rake,test-unit} cmake libglvnd-devel libglvnd-gles freeglut-devel clang libXext-devel SDL_sound pipewire-devel pipewire-jack-audio-connection-kit-devel pulseaudio-libs-devel 
git clone --recursive && cd TIC-80/build
make -j4

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Raspberry Pi (Retropie)

First, add jessie-backports repo to your /etc/apt/sources.list

deb [check-valid-until=no] jessie-backports main

Then run the following commands in the Terminal

# required public keys
gpg --keyserver --recv-key  8B48AD6246925553
gpg -a --export 8B48AD6246925553 | sudo apt-key add -
gpg --keyserver --recv-key 7638D0442B90D010
gpg -a --export 7638D0442B90D010 | sudo apt-key add -

# upgrade system
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

# install software
sudo apt-get install git build-essential ruby-full libsdl2-dev zlib1g-dev
sudo apt-get install -t jessie-backports liblua5.3-dev
git clone --recursive && cd TIC-80/build
cmake ..
make -j4

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Note: If you are using a normal Raspberry Pi image (not Retropie) you may not have OpenGL drivers enabled. Run sudo raspi-config, then select 7 for "Advanced Options", followed by 6 for "GL Drivers", and enable "GL (Fake KMS) Desktop Driver". After changing this setting, reboot.


install Command Line Tools for Xcode and brew package manager

run the following commands in the Terminal

brew install git cmake
git clone --recursive && cd TIC-80/build
cmake ..
make -j4

to create application icon for development version

mkdir -p ~/Applications/{MacOS,Resources}
cp -f macosx/tic80.plist ~/Applications/
cp -f macosx/tic80.icns ~/Applications/
cat > ~/Applications/ <<EOF
exec /Users/nesbox/projects/TIC-80/build/bin/tic80 --skip --scale 2 >/dev/null
chmod +x ~/Applications/

Make sure to update the absolute path to the tic80 binary in the script, or update the launch arguments.


run the following commands in the Terminal

sudo pkg install gcc git cmake ruby libglvnd libglu freeglut mesa-devel mesa-dri alsa-lib
git clone --recursive && cd TIC-80/build
cmake ..
make -j4

Mesa looks for from the wrong path, so also symlink it:

sudo ln -s /usr/local/lib/dri/ /usr/local/lib/dri-devel/

Install instructions


To install run sudo make install -j4

TIC-80 can now be run with tic80

iOS / tvOS

You can find iOS/tvOS version here