The Interactive Fiction Archive

IF Archive Terms of Use

The IF Archive is an IFTF project and operates under the IFTF Terms of Service. This page contains a summary of those terms as they apply to the IF Archive. This is only a summary; see the full Terms for all the details.

The contents of the IF Archive (including donated games, tools, documents, and other material) are the intellectual property of their original creators. They are, where possible, archived and distributed with permission.

Some material on the Archive includes a distribution license (such as an open-source or Creative Commons license). Such material is distributed under its licensed terms. Any material with no attached license is presumed to be licensed for personal use only.

All ancillary content on this web site (metadata, indexes, and file descriptions — everything other than donated files) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. You may redistribute and adapt this ancillary content freely as long as you attribute it to the Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation (

We prefer that material be donated by the original author or someone with the legal right to accept these terms. However, we understand that some IF-related material, particularly from the early years, was distributed with no clear license or terms. We host this material as part of the common heritage of interactive fiction. If you donate work which you did not create, you warrant that, to the best of your knowledge, it may be legitimately stored and distributed by the Archive. If you are a copyright owner and wish to dispute our use of your work, please contact us. If you wish to file a DMCA takedown notice, see below.

Since the Archive includes material licensed for personal use only, it may not be compiled for commercial distribution. If you wish to commercially distribute a subset of the Archive's contents, you must obey the license of each and every file you distribute, and get permission from the author of every file with no attached license. The Archive maintainers are not able to give that permission. Note that "commercial distribution" includes selling games or game compilations on online auction sites.

Privacy Policy (Summary)

This web site does not attempt to track you in any way. The IF Archive does not use cookies.

If you submit content to the Archive, you will be ask to provide your name and email address. We retain this information permanently in order to track the provenance of the material we host.

This site is hosted by Linode, with content distribution and caching by CloudFlare.

This web site retains log files, which include your IP address and the page requested. This information is retained for 30 days in order to monitor web traffic.

We will not share any of your personal information with any other individual or business, except as noted here.

If you wish your personal information to be deleted or forgotten, please contact us at

Contact Us

Please contact us by email:

DMCA Takedown Procedure

To file a DMCA takedown notice, please contact our DMCA agent:

Heidi Tandy, Esq.
Price Benowitz
1691 Michigan Ave., Suite 360
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-6361

For the complete DMCA takedown procedure, see the IFTF Terms of Service.