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Your quest is at an end for you have reached the home of NetHack.
Within, the Wizard of Yendor has no power, the Oracle speaks with utmost clarity, and the grid bugs do not bite.
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The 3.6.0 bug list is now available in JSON format. See the bugs page for links to it.

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What is NetHack? How do I get it? Read our Information page.
What is How do I access it? Why do I want to? Read our USENET information page.
Information for Developers

NetHack References on the Web

Computerized Dungeons and Randomly Generated Worlds: From Rogue to Minecraft Published in Proceedings of the IEEE ( Volume: 105, Issue: 5, May 2017 )

NetHack  Mr. Wendel on Games

NetHack: THE BEST GAME OF ALL TIME? on Linux Voice

NetHack in Time's list of All-TIME 100 Video Games

NetHack in IGN's "Fifteen Really, Really, Really Hard Games"

NetHack in Gamasutra's "Game Design Essentials: 20 RPGs"

NetHack shows up in The DM Of The Rings

NetHack meets EverQuest II. (At least on April Fool's Day.)

NetHack (a song parody), by Rob Balder

The Beeb discovers NetHack - the Computer Game

Top 11 Signs You've Got an Old Computer

Play NetHack, a theme song for NetHack.

Our pet dog is one of the Top Ten Videogame Sidekicks. Congratulations!

Dudley's dungeon, a web comic

BBspot on NetHack: New ATI Card Pushes Limits in ASCII Gaming

The USENET Oracle contemplates encountering a woodchuck
The USENET Oracle contemplates the amulet
The USENET Oracle contemplates stairs
The USENET Oracle contemplates sacrifice
The USENET Oracle contemplates coping with loss
The USENET Oracle contemplates NetHack in Denver
The USENET Oracle contemplates the greatness of NetHack

NetHack in the comics at User Friendly: NetHack makes techtv's list of,24330,3310903,00.html Best Internet Games

Backhanded compliment of the month award: ignpsx's review of Darkstone:
Ten bucks buys you an awful lot of dungeon-hacking -- it sure ain't NetHack but it ain't bad.'s "The History of Computer Games" continues with Worlds in Boxes - and NetHack gets another mention. Unsung Heroes - NetHack NetHack is simply an anomaly...
See what happens when NetHack meets T-rex - isn't USENET great?
Salon Technology: "The Best Game Ever"
NetHack mentioned in's developer week: "The History of Computer Games - Part I"

NetHack in Print

IEEE Spectrum, February 2016, "Games: NetHack and the Joy of Text".

IEEE Computer, February 2011, "Certainty through Uncertainty?". We even got a screenshot.

30th Annual IEEE/NASA Software Engineering Workshop, April 2006, "Understanding Open Source Software through Software Archaeology: The Case of NetHack". The abstract is available online.

"Fatal Distractions", 1994, David Gerrold, The Waite Group.

NetHack Quotes

Nethack is one of my all-time favorite games, one I've been playing since 1200 baud was smokin' fast.
-- Actor Wil Wheaton,
In short, NetHack 3.1.3 is the most elaborate role-playing environment you are ever likely to explore. This is a place to return again and again, each time for a different experience. You're really going to have to play it for a year or two and see for yourself.
-- "Fatal Distractions" by David Gerrold
Thank you for the latest release of gradewrecker. My GPA just went in the corner and shot itself.
-- USENET posting, author unknown

NetHack News

12 Sep 2017 This site is now available via http and https.
04 Jul 2016   The DevTeam would like to welcome its latest members. Both of these folks should be familiar to the members of the NetHack community:

  Alex Smith, who created the AceHack and NetHack 4 variants. Alex is an expert on the inner workings of the game and the ways in which they can be exploited.

  Patric Mueller, who is probably best known as the creator of the UnNetHack variant. Patric also created NetHack-De (German translation of NetHack) and has considerable involvement in the Junethack tournament. Before contracting the dreaded coding bug, Patric was a long time player, having started out on NetHack 3.0 on the Amiga back in the late 80s.

  Alex has indicated that, at least initially, he'd be concentrating on improved interface, improved internals, and new features in areas that don't affect the game's gameplay, drawing on some of the features introduced in AceHack and NetHack 4.

  Patric's initial focus will be to identify and incorporate changes from a variety of variants into NetHack, in order to expand the gameplay while keeping NetHack's spirit and appeal intact.

  Please join us in welcoming Patric and Alex to the DevTeam as we start plans for the next major release.

For the DevTeam,
Mike Stephenson
27 Apr 2016
(Correcting a previous entry which has been removed.) Mac OS X 10.11.3 broke the Mac port. Works again in 10.11.4.
09 Feb 2016
The NetHack Development Team is pleased to announce the availability of public git access to NetHack. This will allow people compiling their own binaries or working on variants to have prompt access to bug fixes for the current release. See our Git Page for details.
09 Dec 2015
We have recieved multiple reports that our binaries do not work on Mac OS X 10.7. If anyone is running our binaries successfully on 10.7, please let us know. Thanks!
09 Dec 2015 The Windows download package has been replaced to fix W360-1. See the download page to get the new package. See the source patch if you are building your own binary.
08 Dec 2015
The Mac download package has been replaced due to a build error. In addition, for several hours the published MD5 did not match the previous package. The new package NetHack-360-mac-Term02.pkg is available from the Mac Download Page.
07 Dec 2015 Nethack 3.6.0 released


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