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Pouet's Tiny Intro Toolbox Thread was one of's main inspirations.

We also have an active discord server dedicated to sizecoding at:


Seminars on various sizecoding topics have been presented at the Lovebyte demoparty, and can be watched here: Lovebyte seminars on YouTube

In recent years 256b intro coding has been covered in presentation sessions at other demo parties. The recordings are available on YouTube. There are part 1 and part 2 of Řrřola's talk "Magic of 256-byte x86 intros" held at Demobit 2017 and 2018 respectively. A similar talk "256 byte intros on modern PCs" was held by TomCat/Abaddon at the Function 2017 party. Supplemental files can be downloaded from The presentations cover everything from setting up the coding environment to all kinds of code optimization, constant reuse, flag tricks, palette generation, and how to get from an idea to the final intro. TomCat also provides a dev tools page and his SizeCoding Blog with lots of optimization ideas.


The Hugi demoscene diskmag has been kind to the sizecoding movement. They included many programming articles since it started in 1996. Additionally, the Hugi Size Coding Competition Series is the gold standard for learning how to sizecode: Each competition was given a specific task, then participants submitted their results. (All of the entries with their source code are available, as are the rules for each challenge.) Hugi #35 also provided a 256b intros round-table between Baze, Digimind, Řrřola, Pirx, Optimus, and Seven. has an extensive list of DOS .COM register starting values. If your environment isn't listed, a program is also available that can print out all of the register starting values. See also DOS Register Starting Values to understand why the register starting values for .COM files are set the way that they are.

The Sparks And Flames x86 Instruction Chart is awesome, once you can "read" it. Find out what the bright green (1-byte) commands do, and use them. For the extreme sizecoding (<=32 bytes) it's also very useful to have the HEX value in sight.

The Geek Edition x86asm-ref is comprehensive and dense. It might be the only reference you'll need. The last part covers modr/m bytes, which is useful.

Yet another reference by Félix Cloutier.

Tech Help Manual includes a dense reference of DOS interrupts and x86 instructions. A x86 instruction reference

Rene Jeschke's preservation of's x86 Documentation is one of the most compact and understandable references to the x86 instruction set you'll ever see.

Intel IA-32 Software Developer's Manual Instruction Set Reference hypertext version.

Robert Collins' Undocumented Opcodes page has some gems you can exploit depending on your target environment.

PC Speaker Basics For everything from simple bleeps to sophisticated synthesizers.

Program Segment Prefix : what's in front of our .COM code, and why.

Never underestimate The Hidden Power of BCD Instructions.

An optimization guide for x86 platforms By Agner Fog Chapter 10: Optimizing for size.

Code Gems by Ervin/AbaddoN Nice collection based on the Imphobia diskmagazine article.

Programmable Interval Timer: Timing is everything, if you're targeting a slow system. Very old but good text PCTIM003.TXT

BIOS data area: Direct system communication overview. There are environment values here you may be able to utilize.

Summary of MIDI messages : Summary of all basic MIDI messages.

Roland GS/GM2 Drum Set List and Note Map : Detailed Description of all MIDI drumkits.

Online IEEE 754 Converter : Excellent tool for optimizing/reusing FPU constants

Tinycode on Reddit: Collection of many different size coding productions incl. x86 based ones with discussion (mostly provided by HellMood himself)

Superogue's sizecoding microblog: Collection of demoscene and sizecoding related articles and development writeups up various Marquee Design tiny intros

Timing-on-PC-familly-under-DOS A complete and very detailed guide about timing, timers, callbacks, interrupts in conjunction with MSDOS


Tinyprogs are so small that you sometimes don't need the source code to understand them: Just pop them into a disassembler (like IDA) or a debugger and look at them. If you want to grab specimens for study, here are some places to start.

Pouet can be searched for the latest tinyprogs: 256b, 128b, 64b, and even 32b and smaller.

HardCode is a repository of 7800 64KB and smaller intros. is a website dedicated primarily to 256b and smaller releases.