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Owl supports a script-based parsing system that allows for a variety of message board software to be supported without subsequent releases.

Developers can write their own parsers that support an entire message board software or just a single message board. The Owl Lua API provides parser developers with tools to help with the process of writing parsers.

For a basic tutorial on using the API and creating a custom parser, see Creating a Custom Parser.


Owl parsers are dynamically loaded at Owl's runtime and enable Owl to support a variety of Internet forums. Parsers are written in Lua and are by default stored in the parsers directory. This directory name is configurable in the config.lua file. See Parsers for more details.