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SugarCube v2

SugarCube is a free (gratis and libre) story format for Twine/Twee.

Downloads and documentation may be found at SugarCube website.

If you believe that you've found a bug in SugarCube or simply wish to make a suggestion, you may do so by creating a new issue. SugarCube also has a work log that may be of interest.


You may either download one of the precompiled packages from SugarCube's website or build SugarCube from source—see BUILDING FROM SOURCE below.


If you want to build SugarCube from scratch, rather than grabbing one of the pre-built packages off of its website, then these instructions are for you.

SugarCube uses Node.js (currently ≥v16) as the core of its build system, so you'll need to install it if you don't already have it. Additionally, to retrieve SugarCube's source code from this repository, you'll need to install Git.

  1. Download and install the Node.js JavaScript runtime (
  2. Download and install the Git source control management tool (

Once all the tooling has been installed and set up, the next step is to fetch the SugarCube source code. Open a shell to wherever you wish to store the code and run the following command to clone the repository:

git clone

Next, change to the directory that the previous command created, which is your local clone of the repository:

cd sugarcube-2

There are two major branches within the repository:

  • master: The stable release branch
  • develop: The main development branch

Be sure to switch to the branch you wish to work on by issuing the appropriate git checkout command.

Once you're on the correct branch, fetch SugarCube's development dependencies:

npm install

You should now have SugarCube and all dependencies downloaded, so you may build it by running the following command:

node build.js

Assuming that completed with no errors, the story format, in Twine 1 and Twine 2 flavors, should be output to the dist directory. Congratulations!

NOTE: SugarCube's development dependencies are occasionally updated. If you receive errors when attempting to build, then you probably need to update your cached dependencies. You may do this via the npm update command or, in extreme cases, by running npm uninstall and npm install in order.

TIP: If you'd like additional options when building—e.g., debug builds, limiting the build to a particular version of Twine, etc.—then you may request help from build.js by specifying the help (-h, --help) option. For example:

node build.js -h