Custom Text Tags link

Ren'Py has support for defining your own text tags. These text tags can manipulate the text and text tags defined within, including adding and removing text and other text tags.

Custom text tags are created by assigning a text tag function to an entry in the config.custom_text_tags dictionary.

define config.custom_text_tags link

Maps text tag names to text tag functions.

A text tag function takes three arguments: The tag itself, the argument for the tag, and a list of content tuples. For example, for the text:

"{big=2}Hello, {b}World{/b}{/big}"

The tag will be "big", the argument will be the string "2", and the list of content tuples will be:

    (renpy.TEXT_TEXT, "Hello, "),
    (renpy.TEXT_TAG, "b"),
    (renpy.TEXT_TEXT, "World"),
    (renpy.TEXT_TAG, "/b"),

The text tag function should return a new list of content tuples, which is used to replace the text tag and its contents.

Content tuples consist of two components. The first component is one of the the constants in the following list. The second component varies based on the first component, as describe below.


The second component is text that is intended for display to the user.


The second component is the contents of a text tag, without the enclosing braces.


The second component is a displayable to be embedded into the text.


This represents a break between paragraphs, and the second component is undefined (but must be present).

Caveats link

The dialogue text tags {p}, {w}, {nw}, and {fast} are processed before custom text tags, and should either be not included inside a custom text tag, or passed through unchanged.

Examples link

The example big text tag works like the {size} text tag, but applies a multiplier to its argument.

init python:

    def big_tag(tag, argument, contents):

        size = int(argument) * 20

        return [
                (renpy.TEXT_TAG, u"size={}".format(size)),
            ] + contents + [
                (renpy.TEXT_TAG, u"/size"),

    config.custom_text_tags["big"] = big_tag

"This is {big=3}BIG!{/big}"

The example rot13 text tag applies the rot13 transform to text. Note that rot26 - rot13 applied twice - is just normal text.

init python:

    def rot13_tag(tag, argument, contents):
        rv = [ ]

        for kind, text in contents:

            if kind == renpy.TEXT_TEXT:
                text = text.encode("rot13")

            rv.append((kind, text))

        return rv

    config.custom_text_tags["rot13"] = rot13_tag

"Rot0. {rot13}Rot13. {rot13}Rot26. {/rot13}Rot13. {/rot13}Rot0."