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A decompiler is the name given to a computer program that performs the reverse operation to that of a compiler. That is, it translates a file containing information at a relatively low level of abstraction (usually designed to be computer readable rather than human readable) into a form having a higher level of abstraction (usually designed to be human readable). In interactive fiction, this means taking a story file and changing it into human readable source code--for instance, taking a Z-code game and transforming it into Inform 6 code from which it could be compiled.

List of decompilers


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TODO: Page was created in haste to save the link. We need a definition and a list of known decompilers, probably begun from the info on the page linked to above. Contrast with compiler.