.nfo

NFONFO fileNFO files
.nfo (also written .NFO or NFO, a contraction of "info", or "information") is a commonly used three-letter filename extension for text files that accompany various digital scene releases with information about them.wikipedia
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ASCII art

ASCIIASCII graphicscharacter graphic
Unlike README files, NFO files often contain elaborate ASCII art.
Warez groups usually release .nfo files with their software, cracks or other general software reverse-engineering releases.

The Humble Guys

L.S.D. BBSTHG
NFO files were first introduced by "Fabulous Furlough" and "Candyman" of the elite PC warez organization called The Humble Guys, or THG.
THG was the first group to make use of the NFO file as a means for documenting their releases before packaging and distribution.

Software cracking

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Such organizations are also known as warez groups or crack groups.
Fairlight pointed out in one of their .nfo files that these type of cracks are not allowed for warez scene game releases.

Warez scene

The Scenescenesoftware sharing
.nfo (also written .NFO or NFO, a contraction of "info", or "information") is a commonly used three-letter filename extension for text files that accompany various digital scene releases with information about them.
Each release in The Scene consists of a folder containing the material (sometimes split into RAR pieces), plus an NFO and SFV file.

Kodi (software)

KodiXBMCXBMC Media Center
The home theater software Kodi uses NFO files for its library.
This information can be obtained in various ways, like through scrapers (e.g., web scraping sites like IMDb, TheMovieDB, TheTVDB), and nfo files.

README

readme filereadme.txtRead Me
Unlike README files, NFO files often contain elaborate ASCII art.

The iSONEWS

iSONEWS
TheiSONews supplied release details and NFOs of warez games and programs, without actually supplying them, or supplying any information on where to find them.

Warez group

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Such organizations are also known as warez groups or crack groups.
Warez groups typically add NFO files with their releases.

Abbreviation

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.nfo (also written .NFO or NFO, a contraction of "info", or "information") is a commonly used three-letter filename extension for text files that accompany various digital scene releases with information about them.

Information

informativeinputinputs
.nfo (also written .NFO or NFO, a contraction of "info", or "information") is a commonly used three-letter filename extension for text files that accompany various digital scene releases with information about them.

Filename extension

file extensionextensionfile extensions
.nfo (also written .NFO or NFO, a contraction of "info", or "information") is a commonly used three-letter filename extension for text files that accompany various digital scene releases with information about them.

Demoscene

demodemosdemo scene
NFO files are also often found in demoscene productions, where the respective groups include them for credits, contact details, and the software requirements.

IBM Personal Computer

IBM PCPCIBM-PC
NFO files were first introduced by "Fabulous Furlough" and "Candyman" of the elite PC warez organization called The Humble Guys, or THG.

Bubble Bobble

Bubble Bobble 4 FriendsClassic Bubble BobbleBubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands
The first use came in 1990 on the THG release of the PC game Bubble Bobble.

Usenet

netnewsnewsnewsgroup
Hence its strong presence on Usenet newsgroups that carry binaries and on P2P file trading networks.

Peer-to-peer file sharing

P2Ppeer-to-peer filesharingP2P file sharing
Hence its strong presence on Usenet newsgroups that carry binaries and on P2P file trading networks.

Demogroup

demo groupdemoscenersgroups
The Humble Guys later became a demogroup, thus bringing the .nfo file tradition into the demoscene.

Windows 95

95Microsoft Windows 95Windows 95 OSR2
Before Windows 95 was introduced, NFO files also sometimes used ANSI-escape sequences to generate animated ASCII art (ANSI art).

ANSI art

ANSIANSI graphicsANSI Art Scene
Before Windows 95 was introduced, NFO files also sometimes used ANSI-escape sequences to generate animated ASCII art (ANSI art).

ANSI.SYS

ANSI bomb
These animations, however, required ANSI.SYS to be loaded by the DOS shell.

COMMAND.COM

COMMANDDOS promptMS-DOS Prompt
These animations, however, required ANSI.SYS to be loaded by the DOS shell.

Code page 437

437CP437codepage 437
The ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) code page 437 character set was originally designed by IBM for the earliest DOS PCs so many years ago.

De facto

de facto relationshipde-factode facto'' segregation
Recently to aid internationalization, instead of using the old code page 437 extended ASCII characters, modern ASCII art uses the current de facto web standard ISO-8859-1/ISO-8859-15 or Unicode UTF-8 characters.

ISO/IEC 8859-1

ISO 8859-1ISO-8859-1Latin-1
Recently to aid internationalization, instead of using the old code page 437 extended ASCII characters, modern ASCII art uses the current de facto web standard ISO-8859-1/ISO-8859-15 or Unicode UTF-8 characters.

ISO/IEC 8859-15

ISO 8859-15ISO-8859-15-15
Recently to aid internationalization, instead of using the old code page 437 extended ASCII characters, modern ASCII art uses the current de facto web standard ISO-8859-1/ISO-8859-15 or Unicode UTF-8 characters.