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Developer(s) Igor van den Hoven
Stable release 2.01.1 / December 28, 2014; 6 months ago (2014-12-28)
Development status Active
Written in C
Operating system Unix-like, Windows
Platform Cross-platform
Size 1600KB
Available in English
Type MUD client
License GNU GPL
Website tintin.sourceforge.net

TinTin++ is a MUD client primarily written for Unix-like systems. It is one of the oldest MUD clients in existence and a successor of the TINTIN client.[1] TINTIN stands for "The kIckiN Tickin dIkumud clieNt" though its author admits this to be a backronym.[2]


TinTin++ being used to play Lost Souls; the display in the upper split screen was constructed by TinTin++'s automapper

TinTin++ is a console Telnet client enhanced with features that work particularly well for playing MUDs, though it allows connecting to Linux and Bulletin Board System servers as well. To enhance game play on MUDs, the client can create a split screen arrangement, which divides the interface into input, output, and status areas.[1] Input handling is enhanced with readline-like input editing, macro, and alias support. Text received from the server can be highlighted or set to execute triggers written in the TINTIN scripting language, which resembles the C programming language.[3][4]

TinTin++ has various other features that are commonly found in modern MUD clients, such as automapping, MCCP, friend-to-friend messaging, logging in HTML, and a Telnet event handler.


TINTIN originated as a single file containing 700 lines of C code, allowing triggers and aliases, that was posted on Usenet by Peter Unold on April 1, 1992.[5] On October 6 1992 Peter Unold made his final release, TINTIN III.

In 1993 the development of TINTIN was continued by Bill Reiss who announced the release of TinTin++ v1.0 on July 3, 1993.[6] On April 25, 1994 TinTin++ 1.5 was announced, which was a joint effort by Bill Reiss, David A. Wagner, Rob Ellsworth, and Jeremy C. Jack.[7]

After the 1.5 release in 1994 active development came to a halt. TinTin++ 1.5 had gained significant popularity however, and being public domain this resulted in many derivative works like zMUD, yTin, Lyntin, Pueblo, WinTin95, and GGMud.[8] In 1998 development was continued briefly by Rob Elsworth who incorporated several patches by Sverre Normann before handing over development to Davin Chan who re-licensed the software to GNU GPL on July 12th, 2001 in his final release of TinTin++ 1.86b.[9]

In 2004 development was continued by Igor van den Hoven.[10]


TinTin++ is currently distributed under the GNU General Public License, and the source code can be compiled on most Unix-like operating systems including Mac OS X. A port for Microsoft Windows called WinTin++ bundles TinTin++ with the mintty terminal emulator.

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  1. ^ a b Shah, Rawn; Romine, James (1995). Playing MUDs on the Internet. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. p. 259. ISBN 0-471-11633-5. Tintin++ [...] Derived and improved from Tintin. Additional features include variables, faster triggers, and a split-screen mode. 
  2. ^ Peter Unold (1992-04-01). "TINTIN - a dikumud client". Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  3. ^ Busey, Andrew (1995). Secrets of the MUD Wizards. SAMS Publishing. pp. 184–194. ISBN 0-672-30723-5. 
  4. ^ Andy Eddy (1996). Internet after hours. Crown Publishing Group. pp. 179–180. ISBN 0-7615-0386-2. Tintin++ is a variation of the original tintin, but with many new features and bug fixes. Some of the many features of tintin++ are triggers, aliases, high-lighting, gags, substitutions, and split-screen mode (Figure 5-3). 
  5. ^ Peter Unold (1992-04-01). "TINTIN - a dikumud client". Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  6. ^ Bill Reiss (1993-06-03). "where to get tintin++". Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  7. ^ Robert Ellsworth (1994-04-24). "Tintin++ v1.5 ready for release". Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  8. ^ Koster, Raph (2008-03-25). "A brief history of botting". Raph Koster's Website. Retrieved 2008-08-11. Given that writing a vanilla Telnet client is very easy, it was not long before there were dedicated clients that wrapped Telnet with additional functionality. The best known of these were TinyFugue and TinTin, and today it seems like zMud is still retaining dedicated users. 
  9. ^ Jordi Mallach (2001-08-22). "tintin++ 1.86 copyright". Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  10. ^ Christopher Sacca (2005-02-03). "Ubuntu changelogs for tintin++". Retrieved 2014-12-29. 

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