Hacknet is an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator for PC. Dive down a rabbit hoIe as you follow the instructions of a recently deceased hacker, whose death may not have been the accident the media reports.
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Release Date: Aug 12, 2015

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May 27

HackerJAM kicks off today!

Hello everyone!

Today we are kicking off HackerJAM: a community event for creators to collaborate and create some cool mods for Hacknet, using the newly released Hacknet Extensions tools.


  • Mods that breach copyright infringement will not be eligible to win the HackerJAM. Sorry guys, but no Mr. Robot mods are going to be selected by us.
  • Mods must be submitted no later that 11:59PM PST on Friday, 9th of June, 2017
  • No sexual, racial, or highly offensive material in your mods - we want this to be good clean fun for creators and players alike.
  • If your mod is made as part of a collaboration, please make sure you clearly list everyone that is involved.
  • In the spirit of jamming, mods that are currently available on the Workshop are NOT eligible to enter HackerJAM. We definitely recommend you check them out - these creators worked tirelessly to create some really great experience.


  • Upload your mod to Steam Workshop with the hashtag #HackerJAM
  • List all users involved in the creation of the mod in your mod description


  • 1st place: $300 Steam credit + a mechanical keyboard of awesome!
  • 2nd place: $200 Steam credit
  • 3rd place: $100 Steam credit


A guide for how to use the Hacknet Extensions tools can be found here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=914587661

The best place to discuss the HackerJAM is on the Hacknet Extensions Discord: https://discord.gg/7cHhVT9.

There are a number of creators already discussing and sharing information, so jump into the conversation! Matt will be floating around intermittently to offer some support here and there, but keep in mind he is still busy optimising the game and won't have time to answer all of your questions.


After HackerJAM closes we will spend some time playing through the entries, and announce the winners via a Steam community post a week later. Depending on the number of entries, this could take a while, so we will keep you all updated via the Discord!


Have fun! We can't wait to see what you create

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May 23

Hacknet Extensions + Steam Workshop support released!

Hacknet Extensions and their creation tools are now available!
This comes with Steam Workshop support, so you can browse, download and play Extensions easily.

Browse the Workshop here!

Extensions are full new campaigns and stories for Hacknet by modders and creators. They feature new computers, missions, themes, programs and more! This launch opens up Hacknet for everyone to make their own stories with the Hacknet tools.

The workshop already has some amazing Extensions on it - I highly recommend "Hacknet B.R.A.P" by Matrix, and "The Slaughterhouse" by Chris Johnson and Catherine Moore. If you're looking for more Hacknet, here it is.

The tools are also available if you want to make your own Extension! The patch comes with an interactive introduction extension that you can play through. There's a community Discord channel here:


And a full guide here:



To celebrate the release of Hacknet Extensions, we are going to hold a friendly mod competition called HackerJAM.

Running from Friday, May 26 until Friday, June 9th, you will be able to submit your extensions with the hashtag #HackerJAM on Steam Workshop, or upload them to Moddb to go into the running. After that, myself and the Surprise Attack Games team will deliberate and nominate our three favorite extensions!

First place will receive $300 Steam Credit + a mechanical keyboard and some Hacknet goods, second place will receive $200, and third place will receive $100.

If you want to get community support, or team up with other creators, we recommend that you join the Hacknet Extensions Discord channel!


Go check out the new extensions! I cant wait to see what everyone thinks, and more importantly, what everyone builds.

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“It’s the closest thing to a real life hacking sim I’ve ever seen”

“The idea itself owes a lot to the likes of Uplink. But it’s the execution that makes Hacknet great”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Probably the coolest game I'll play all year. Not even kidding.”
Digital Chumps



Join a small team of elite hackers pulling off a complex series of data heists in Hacknet Labyrinths, a major expansion for critically acclaimed terminal-based hacking simulator, Hacknet.

Adding a new 3-4 hour chapter to the game, Hacknet Labyrinths sees you recruited by the mysterious Kaguya to join a small team of elite hackers on the hunt for powerful new tools and programs.

Hacknet Extensions Mod Tools

Hacknet Extensions, a free suite of mod tools for Hacknet and Hacknet Labyrinths is now available.

You can access Hacknet Extensions via the main menu and use it to create Hacknet campaigns, system networks, nodes, themes, music and story missions. Share your creations with other players through Steam Workshop.

An interactive tutorial has been included in Extensions. This will step you through the process of creating a mod.

There is an extensive guide in the community hub: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=914587661
and you can connect, collaborate and discuss with other modders in the Hacknet Extensions Discord https://discord.gg/7cHhVT9.

About This Game

Hacknet is an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator for PC. Dive down a rabbit hoIe as you follow the instructions of a recently deceased hacker, whose death may not have been the accident the media reports. Using old school command prompts and real hacking processes, you’ll solve the mystery with minimal hand-holding and a rich world full of secrets to explore.

Bit, a hacker responsible for creating the most invasive security system on the planet, is dead. When he fails to reconnect to his system for 14 days, his failsafe kicks in, sending instructions in automated emails to a lone user. As that user, it’s up to you to unravel the mystery and ensure that Hacknet-OS doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Exploring the volatile nature of personal privacy, the prevalence of corporate greed, and the hidden powers of hackers on the internet, Hacknet delivers a true hacking simulation, while offering a support system that allows total beginners get a grasp of the real-world applications and commands found throughout the game.


Real Hacking
Based on actual UNIX commands, Hacknet focuses on real hacking, not the Hollywood-style version of it. This creates a truly immersive experience and puts players right in the thick of trying to break through the firewalls.

Unlock the mystery of Bit
A hacker is dead and the media reports don’t add up. When you are contacted by his “ghost” - an automated failsafe system - you’re drawn into the dark and murky world of underground hackers.

Full immersion
You are thrust into a persistent virtual world with no “levels” or obvious game elements to break the illusion. Follow the guidance of the emails from Bit or just dive down the rabbit hole, chasing down clues and snippets of information you find as you explore different systems.

Accessible but uncompromising
Whilst not holding your hand or dumbing down, the design of the game and the learning curve enables those with no prior terminal experience to enjoy it whilst delighting those in the know.

Killer tunes
Hack to the beat of a soundtrack featuring underground artists including Carpenter Brut (Hotline Miami) and Remi Gallego (AKA The Algorithm).
Soundtrack produced in association with The Otherworld Agency.

Hack your own adventures
Create your own campaigns, system networks, nodes, themes, music and story missions using the Hacknet Extensions mod tools. Share them with other players through Steam Workshop.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: OSX 13.04
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 13.4 LTS
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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