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09 Jan 2018 The bug list is now available in JSON format. See the bugs page for links to it.
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
12Oct2015 Mac Announcement: Current NetHack 3.4.3 binaries do not work under El Capitan. See the Mac Download Page for details.
3 Apr 2015 As a rule, the DevTeam does not volunteer information or comment on our plans or schedules. However, at this time we'd like to make an exception to that rule and provide a brief update on what's been happening:

As just about everybody knows, an incident occurred about six months ago with respect to an unauthorized distribution of the NetHack source code in a very unfinished state. Since then, the team has been working on several initiatives. Despite a lot of opinions to the contrary, we aren't dead and we haven't given up on the game.

Over the past months we've added some members of the greater NetHack development community to the team. Specifically; Sean Hunt, Derek S. Ray and Pasi Kallinen are now members of the Team and have been actively helping develop the next release with selected inclusions from some of the NetHack community code bases.

We've also made a significant time investment in upgrades to our underlying development infrastructure, which will be rolled out with the next release. Many thanks to Keni who's been instrumental in making sure the underlying foundations that allow the team to do what it does are there.

Now for the inevitable question: When will the next release happen?

In that respect I'm going to have to fall back on the usual answer - we don't advertise our release dates. To do so would break a long-standing NetHack tradition, but there is a more important reason. Given the amount of time since the previous release, and considering what's been integrated into it, knocking the bugs out of it may not be as easy an exercise as in the past so we're loath to commit to a date and have something throw us off.

For the DevTeam

Mike Stephenson

21 Sep 2014 The NetHack Development Team feels it is necessary to publicly address an issue that has surfaced in the last week.

Recently a NetHack source distribution has appeared, claiming to be NetHack 3.5 or 3.5.0 or 3.4.4.

This claim is partially correct. This is our code. However it was not released by us or with our authorization. This code is not ready for release: it is unfinished, unpolished, and almost certainly very buggy. It has not been play-tested for balance or functionality. It is best considered a partial and unfinished rough draft. We will not be supporting this code, nor will we be releasing binaries or bugfixes for it. It will not be available through our website.

Due to this incident and to prevent confusion, we will not now nor in the future release anything with a version number of 3.4.4, 3.5, or 3.5.0.

We thank those of you who play and develop both NetHack and its many variants for your support and encouragement at this time and over the many years NetHack and its progeny have and continue to evolve.

15 Dec 2011 Updated packaging for Mac Lion to correct installation errors.
31 Oct 2011 Mac terminal port binary for OS X Lion now available on the Mac page .
10 Nov 2009 Mac Qt and Mac Terminal binaries now available in .dmg format. Qt package includes NetHackRecover.app for recovery from the GUI; Term package includes previously missing recover program.
10 Dec 2007 Information on compiling with MS Visual Studio 2008 now available on the bugs page.
31 Mar 2007 Updated tiles32 file available.
12 Aug 2004 All Mac binaries now available.
17 Feb 2004 New MacOS binary for 10.2 available.
08 Dec 2003 Nethack 3.4.3 released
09 Oct 2003 New Windows binary released to address screen drawing slowness.
11 Sep 2003 Packaging problems have caused the following package to be replaced; please try the download again:
  • NetHack-3.4.2-MacOSX.tar.gz with NetHack-3.4.2-2-MacOSX.tar.gz
2 Sep 2003 Packaging problems have caused the following packages to be replaced; please try the download again:
  • nethack-342-mac-term.sit with nethack-342-mac-term.pkg.sit
  • nh342ami.lha with nh342ami-2.lha
31 Aug 2003 Nethack 3.4.2 released
01 Mar 2003 New 3.4.1 binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/Me/XP released to work around bug W341-2.
23 Feb 2003 Nethack 3.4.1 released
12 Feb 2003 Source patch for buffer overflow available.
24 Mar 2002 Updated binaries for OS/2 now available.
22 Mar 2002 md5 checksums for the downloads are now available
20 Mar 2002 Nethack 3.4.0 released
04 May 2000 No Palm port: details.
10 Dec 1999 NetHack 3.3 released
10 Dec 1999 NetHack 3.2.3 released (bugfix patch only)
1 Nov 1999 First useful public release of www.nethack.org
7 Jul 1999 First public release of www.nethack.org
24 May 1996 NetHack 3.2.2 released.

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