A Crack intro is a small introduction added to cracked software, designed to let the user know which "cracking crew" or individual cracker was responsible for removing the software's copy protection and distributing the crack.

These first started appearing on Apple II and Commodore 64 games that were distributed around the world. Initially they were simple messages, but grew more and more complex as the programmers from each cracking crew attempted to show how much more talented they were to other programmers in other groups.

Crack intros (or "Cracktros") started to feature big colourful effects, music, and scrollers. Cracking groups would use the intros not just to gain credit for cracking, but to advertise their bulletin boards, greet friends, and tell the world how superior they were. Messages frequently were of a vulgar nature, and on some occasions made threats of violence to software companies.

Programming crack intros became an art form in its own right, and people started coding intros without attaching them to a crack, just to show how well they could program. This evolved into the demo scene.


  • World of Cracktros - A site containing lots of Amiga crack intros removed from their illegal cracks and enhanced to run on modern Amigas and Amiga emulators.