RAIF FAQ > Internet Index > 6.1: What is the IF-Archive?

6.1: What is the IF-Archive?

The IF-Archive is the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of interactive fiction-related material, including authoring systems, tools, utilities, papers, references, reprints of magazine articles, and of course games. The Archive can be accessed via webbrowser or using ftp software at the following URLs


Remember this URL well. Every file in the IF-Archive, together with a short description, is listed in the (text) file "Master-Index" or you can search the IF-Archive at Stephen van Egmond's site at <http://bang.dhs.org/if/if-archive-search.html>.

Uploads of new material are encouraged. Please send an e-mail to the maintainers of the archive, David Kinder (davidk@monis.co.uk) and Stephen Granade (sgranade@phy.duke.edu), describing the purpose of your upload and what machines it works on. The ftp address for uploads is <ftp://ftp.ifarchive.org/incoming/>.

(Please note the directory is "/incoming/", its not "/if-archive/incoming/".

The IF-Archive (though not the incoming directory) is mirrored at the following sites, which may be closer to you and thus faster and easier to reach:

<http://mirror.ifarchive.org/>, USA

<ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/doc/misc/if-archive/>, St Louis, USA

<ftp://ftp.nodomainname.net/pub/mirrors/if-archive/> (ftp may not work from it with web browsers), USA

<ftp://www.plover.net/if-archive/>, USA

<ftp://ftp.funet.fi/pub/misc/if-archive/>, Helsinki, Finland

<http://www.planetmirror.com/pub/if-archive/>, Sydney, Australia

<ftp://mirror.holmoak.co.uk/if-archive/>, Winchester, UK

If you cannot find a particular file in the location stated in this FAQ or elsewhere, be sure to also look in the incoming directory, as well as /if-archive/unprocessed/ , as it may not yet have reached its permanent home. This is particularly true for recent additions.

The IF Archive maintainers post periodically to several newsgroups, including rec.arts.int-fiction, detailing all recent additions to the IF-Archive. Any files added since the last post are in a file called /if-archive/new-since-last-post .

RAIF FAQ > Internet Index > 6.1: What is the IF-Archive?