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Hey everyone! I'm trying to download some of the cartridges that have been posted to the BBS but I cannot figure out how. I wanted to be able to look at other people's code to see how they make their games. That's the biggest reason I bought Pico 8 was to learn from other people's practices. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

P#22117 2016-06-02 17:42 ( Edited 2016-06-03 00:07)

Below the player for a cart, there is a link that says "cartridge" (next to a small icon of a cartridge) which points to the .p8.png file. That image is what you want to download (it has the game embedded in it).

P#22120 2016-06-02 17:57 ( Edited 2016-06-02 21:57)

You can also use SPLORE to load the cart you want, then quit SPLORE and hit ESC to access the code.

P#22122 2016-06-02 17:59 ( Edited 2016-06-02 21:59)

Once you download the *.png file, boot up Pico-8 and go to the folder, then at the prompt type:


And that will load the game. Then do:


And that will create a *.p8 file which has the actual code. So you'll have 2 files when you're done, the PNG and the P8 file.

P#22126 2016-06-02 20:01 ( Edited 2016-06-03 00:01)
:: tymogr

Thanks for the replys fellas! I assume I'll just put the png in the correct directory, find it and run it?

And yeah I could find games with splore but when I pressed escape it just paused the game 😯

P#22128 2016-06-02 20:06 ( Edited 2016-06-03 00:06)
:: matt

the SPLORE method:

  • load pico8
  • at command line type SPLORE
  • navigate menu to load game of your choice
  • quit splore
  • ESC to gain access to source
P#22129 2016-06-02 20:07 ( Edited 2016-06-03 00:07)

In case anyone is looking for where to save the cart .png for the manual load method - From the manual:
The default location for PICO-8's drive is:
Windows: C:/Users/Yourname/AppData/Roaming/pico-8/carts
OSX: /Users/Yourname/Library/Application Support/pico-8/carts
Linux: ~/.lexaloffle/pico-8/carts

P#66884 2019-08-23 13:46
:: dw817

To load a cartridge directly from this forum, Tymogr, look below the cartridge where you see something like this:

Cart {#donikapobo-0#} | Code | 2019-08-22 | No License | Embed

in PICO command mode (not the editor), type out what is between the square brackets with the pound sign key first: "#"

load #donikapobo-0

For instance. This cart ID will vary from one to the other but will let you immediately load the cart you are looking at in the forum.

Then you can type:


To execute it.

P#66887 2019-08-23 15:27 ( Edited 2019-08-23 15:30)

Possibly off topic: but I'm a newbie, and I didn't know that I could type "folder" at the pico8 command prompt and it would open the folder with the carts in it. Dump a png cart image there and you can load it with "load <name of png>".

(This system is so awesome!)

P#66891 2019-08-23 21:18

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