NetHack 3.6.0 System Requirements

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The latest version of Nethack has been successfully tested on computers with Intel Pentium or better running Linux, or Windows, and Intel 80386 or better boxes running Linux, or macOS (not including video game consoles).

OS versions

Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 macOS Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra, High Sierra.

Nethack may also run on machines with other characteristics as it was with previous versions:

  • Apple Macintosh with macOS 7.5 or higher, LinuxPPC
  • Intel x86 running
  • Palm Size PC 1.1 devices running Windows CE 2.11
  • Pocket PC devices running Windows CE 3.0 and higher
  • Pyramid 9820x running OSx 4.4c
  • Intel x86 running Windows XP or later.

It is also possible to play NetHack on a public NetHack server on any system. To ensure smooth data transfer, clear cookies on a Mac as described here, or here if you work on Windows.

Playing NetHack Vulture

To install Vulture for Windows or Unix, go to Steam page.

System requirements are:

  • OS: Windows XP or higher
  • Processor: Celeron, Pentium or higher
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Graphics card: any
  • Free space on hard drive: 200 MB
  • Sound card: any modern sound card
  • *OpenGL will be required in the future


  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or equivalent
  • Processor: Celeron, Pentium or higher
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Graphics card: any graphics card
  • Free space on hard drive: 200 MB

To install Vulture on macOS, follow the steps below:

1. Install the following third party prerequisites, which you can get from macports:

 sudo port install libpng
 sudo port install libsdl_ttf
 sudo port install libsdl_mixer

2. Download and unzip Vulture Nethack source from

3. Place this file at the base of the unzipped vulture Nethack source directory, then run it:


4. Run Vulture Nethack!

 set -e
 cd `dirname $0`
 cd sys/unix
 cd ../..
 make NHDIR="../.."
 sudo make GAMEUID=`whoami` GAMEGRP=`id -gn` install
 echo Type /usr/games/vulture-nethack to run Vulture.