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Ren'Py 6.99 "Here's to the crazy ones."

was released on March 25, 2015. It was updated to 6.99.4 on May 27, 2015. The main downloads of Ren'Py 6.99 are:

You only need to download one of these files. Each contains the full Ren'Py software development kit, with everything needed to develop Ren'Py games for the Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms; the Ren'Py tutorial; and "The Question", an example game.

Ren'Py is free to download and use for commercial and non-commercial purposes. It may be modified and distributed under the terms of its license.

Additional Downloads. When necessary, the Ren'Py SDK will automatically download additional packages, such as text editors and Android/iOS support. These packages are available for direct download at the bottom of this page.

Release History and Updates July 19, 2015
This release improves startup time, improves iOS 8 support, and includes other improvements and fixes. May 27, 2015
This release adds new features. It also fixes a number of bugs and performance problems. April 26, 2015
This removes extraneous code that was causing problems. April 25, 2015
This release adds new features, including the images directory and the AlphaMask displayable. It also fixes bugs. March 29, 2015

This release fixes crashes that occurred in a number of important cases, including non-ASCII directory names on Windows systems, 16-bit display depths, and display rotation when targeting recent versions of Android.

It also fixes several non-crash bugs, adds three new functions, and updates the Spanish and Japanese translations.


I'm pleased to announce Ren'Py 6.99 "Here's to the crazy ones." This release focuses on modernizing Ren'Py by moving to the SDL2 family of libraries. This modernization will lead to a series of benefits, both now and in the future.

This release is being managed as a rolling release leading to Ren'Py 7.0. New features may be added in point releases.

Perhaps the most obvious benefit is the addition of iOS support. Ren'Py can now produce iOS apps, targeting iPhone and iOS devices. To develop for iOS, you will need a Macintosh computer and paid iOS developer license, and will need to customize the interface to conform to iOS policies.

In addition, this release includes:

  • Rewritten Android support, based on SDL2. Among other things, Android now supports the onscreen keyboard, rotating the screen, and bidirectional text.
  • Audio playback, using the same code on desktop and mobile platforms, so the same audio files can be used on all platforms Ren'Py supports.
  • Support for Input Methods (IMEs), allowing text entry in non-English languages.
  • A high-level achievement API, including support for Steam achievements. (Steam support will be made available on request to Steam developers.)
  • Improved support for custom text tags.
  • A Russian translation of the tutorial game, and a Finnish translation of the launcher.

To this, the 6.99.2 release adds:

  • Support for the images directory. Image files placed into this directory are automatically defined as images in Ren'Py,
  • The new AlphaMask displayable, which allows the alpha channel of one displayable to be masked by that of another.

The 6.99.4 release adds:

  • The new default statement, which is used to set the initial value of a variable in a game.
  • Support for the transclusion of screen language code inside use statements, and support for creator-defined screen language statements.

The 6.99.5 release adds:

  • Much faster startup, especially on mobile platforms.
  • Better support for iOS 8.
  • Many other small features.

These releases also include a number of other fixes and improvements.

We'd like to thank Patrick Dawson for writing much of the code of Pygame_SDL2, a new, SDL2-based implementation of the Pygame API, and Chris Mear, who created the initial iOS port of Ren'Py that our current support is based on. Other contributors include:

  • Asfdfdfd
  • Baekansi
  • Bbs3223474
  • Beuc
  • Caryoscelus
  • Daniel Luque
  • Denzil
  • Diapolo10
  • Evilantishad0w
  • Giuseppe Bertone
  • Huang Junjie
  • Javimat
  • Konstantin Nikolayev
  • Kyouryuukunn
  • Lapalissiano
  • Nolanlemahn
  • Renoa
  • RangHo Lee
  • rivvil
  • Tlm-2501
  • Zigmut

and myself, Tom "PyTom" Rothamel.

Downloads of Ren'Py 6.99 can be found at:

A full list of changes to Ren'Py can be found at:

A list of changes that may require you to update your game can be found at:

Please also check out the credits and list of sponsors.

Editor Downloads

When first asked to edit a file, the Ren'Py launcher will prompt you to download and install an editor. As this may fail if your Internet connection is unreliable, the editors can be downloaded separately. To install, extract the contents of the editor archive to the Ren'Py directory.

Editra (Windows):
Editra (Mac):
Editra (Linux): renpy-6.99.4-editra-linux.tar.bz2

Android and iOS Support

When building Android packages, iOS packages, or web distributions, Ren'Py will prompt you to download RAPT (Ren'Py Android Packaging Tool), Renios (Ren'Py iOS Support), or Renpyweb (Web Platform Support). As these downloads may fail if your Internet connection is unreliable, these packages can be downloaded separately. To install, extract the contents of the archive to the Ren'Py directory. (Place the "rapt", "renios", or "web" directory into the "renpy-6.99.4" directory.)

Android Support (RAPT):
iOS Support (Renios):

Additional Downloads

Ren'Py Source Code: renpy-6.99.4-source.tar.bz2
Contains the source code of the Ren'Py distribution without any binary components.
Pygame_SDL2 Source Code: pygame_sdl2-for-renpy-6.99.4.tar.bz2
Contains the source code for the version of pygame_sdl2 required to run this version of Ren'Py. This may be newer than any released version of pygame_sdl2.
Other Dependencies:
Ren'Py contains free software licensed under a number of licenses, including the GNU Lesser General Public License. A full list of software and links to git repositories from which the software can be downloaded is linked above.

We also maintain a complete list of releases.