Below is a timeline of primary or canonical Doom-related events which tie the games to their creators and the world at large. For community releases, see the timeline of mod releases and timeline of source port releases respectively.
- October 28, 1967 - John Romero is born.
- August 20, 1970 - John Carmack is born.
- 1990 - Brothers Brian and Steve Raffel found Raven Software.
- December 14, 1990 - The first episode of Commander Keen (Marooned on Mars) is released.
- February 1, 1991 - id Software is officially formed.
- May 5, 1992 - Wolfenstein 3D is released.
- September 1992 - The making of Doom begins.
- February - Doom 0.2 alpha released privately.
- March - A Doom alpha never released to testers.
- April 2 - Doom 0.4 alpha released privately.
- May 22 - Doom 0.5 alpha released privately.
- July 7 (circa) - Tom Hall is forced to resign from id Software.
- October - Doom Pre-Beta demo released.
- December 10 - Doom 0.99 (aka 1.0) shareware is released.
- January 26 - The first version of the Doom Editing Utilities is released.
- March 7 - The first public third-party PWAD, the Origwad, is released.
- September 30 - Doom II is released.
- October - The rec.games.computer.doom Usenet newsgroup hierarchy is created after a vote of 375-90 by users of alt.games.doom and alt.games.doom.ii.
- November - Doom's first console ports are released for the Sega 32X and Atari Jaguar.
- December 21 - Rise of the Triad Shareware is released.
- December 23 - Heretic is released.
- April 30 - Ultimate Doom is released.
- June - The first Doom novel is published.
- September 1 - Doom is released for the Super Nintendo.
- October 28 - TNT: Evilution is announced delayed in favor of a commercial release as one half of Final Doom.
- October 30 - Hexen is released.
- November 16 - Doom is released on the Sony PlayStation.
- December 26 - The Master Levels for Doom II are released.
- Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders is released.
- January 29 - Duke Nukem 3D is released.
- April 26 - Doom is released for the 3DO.
- May 31 - Strife is released.
- June 17 - Final Doom is released.
- June 22 - Quake is released.
- August 6 - John Romero is fired from id Software.
- August 20 - Doom95 is released.
- October 1 - Final Doom is released for the Sony PlayStation.
- Chex Quest is released in boxes of Chex cereal.
- Hexen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel is released.
- id Anthology is released, along with the infamous Doom comic contained within.
- March 26 - Doom is released for the Sega Saturn in the US.
- March 31 - Doom 64 is released.
- May 1 - The Doom Music album is released.
- June 24 - Hexen for Nintendo 64 is released.
- September - Reaper Miniatures releases a line of Doom miniatures.
- Fall - The Depths of Doom Trilogy combination pack is released.
- December 23 - The Doom source code is released.
- Hacx is released.
- March 13 - The Doom news site Doomworld is founded.
- GT Interactive Software releases the Quake and the Ultimate Doom Compilation in European markets.
- January 11 - Raven Software releases the source code for Heretic and Hexen.
- April 20 - The Columbine High School Massacre occurs.
- October 3 - The source code for Doom is re-released under the General Public Licence (GPL) by John Carmack, thanks to persuasion by Andrew "Linguica" Stine.
- June 1 - John Carmack mentions in his .plan file that id Software has begun a new Doom project.
- June 2 - The Doom news site New Doom is founded.
- September - The Ultimate Doom Trilogy: Collector's Edition combination pack is released, including all four official Doom IWADs and Doom95.
- October 26 - Doom for Game Boy Advance is released.
- October 23 - Doom II for Game Boy Advance is released.
- January 29 - The Ultimate Doom Trilogy: Collector's Edition combination pack is re-released with Doom 3 promotional material.
- April - The Jaguar Doom source code is released.
- May 6 - Masters of Doom, by David Kushner, is published.
- January 5 - The Doom Wiki begins.
- April 4 - Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil is released.
- September 13 - Doom RPG is released.
- September 27 - Adrian Carmack alleges he was forced out of id Software, and files suit against the company.
- October 21 - The Doom movie premieres in the US.
- Doom: The Boardgame Expansion Set is released.
- February 7 - Doom movie DVD is released, along with a series of merchandise based on it.
- September 27 - Ultimate Doom is released on the Xbox 360 Live Arcade worldwide.
- February 26 - The first Doom 3 novel, Doom 3: Worlds on Fire is published.
- May 7 - id Software announces that Doom 4 is being developed.
- September 4 - Raven Software re-releases the source code for Heretic and Hexen under the GNU GPL.
- March 31 - The second Doom 3 novel, Doom 3: Maelstrom is published.
- June 24 - id Software is purchased by ZeniMax Media.
- June 26 - Doom Resurrection is released for the iPhone OS.
- October 31 - Doom Classic, a port of Ultimate Doom, is released for the iPhone OS.
- February 8 - Doom II RPG is released.
- May 26 - Doom II is released on the Xbox 360 Live Arcade in the US along with the included new episode, No Rest for the Living.
- September - Doom is delisted from the XBLA due to conflict of licensing rights between Activision and Bethesda.
- February 17 - Doom Wiki forked from Wikia Inc.
- September 5 - Doom Wiki relaunched at doomwiki.org.
- November 22 - the Doom 3 source code is released.
- January 18 - The Xbox 360 Doom returns to Xbox Live Arcade after over a year of absence caused by licensing issues.
- October 16 - Doom 3: BFG Edition is released on the US market. The international market follows three days later.
- November 3 to December 3 - On Steam, the Doom Pack Complete and Super id Software Pack compilation have been removed, and the Doom Classic Complete and Doom 3 Pack introduced. The Master Levels are no longer bundled with Doom II.
- November 20 - The compilation pack Doom Classic Complete is released on the PlayStation Network.
- April 3 - Kotaku publishes an article with confirmation from id Software staff that Doom 4 has not only been delayed but entirely restarted.
- June 26 - Todd Hollenshead announces his resignation as president of id Software.
- August 1 - QuakeCon 2013 begins, featuring the 20th Anniversary Doom Challenge deathmatch tournament, using Odamex. Bethesda releases commemorative Doom-themed shot glasses, prints, t-shirts, and a 200-count limited edition cast of the Reaper Miniatures set as part of the event.
- November 23 - John Carmack announces his resignation from id Software.
- December 10 - The twentieth anniversary of Doom's release is celebrated.
- February - Bethesda announces early beta access to Doom 4 as a pre-order bonus for Wolfenstein: The New Order, with stipulation that the game was not yet ready for testing and that participants will be contacted later.
- May 1 - ZeniMax Media releases public accusations against John Carmack and Oculus VR, claiming the latter have made use of stolen intellectual property. Carmack fires back several tweets flatly denying their claims.
- May 5 - Oculus VR releases a public refutation of the claims made by ZeniMax.
- May 21 - ZeniMax Media and id Software file suit against Oculus VR in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
- June 13 - Bethesda exhibits a "teaser trailer" for Doom 4 at E3, with promise of a soon-to-follow reveal. After a few days, it was clarified that the reveal would be exclusive to attendees of the upcoming QuakeCon 2014.
- July 17 - Bethedsa and id Software display the Doom 4 reveal to QuakeCon attendees, featuring live game play.
- September 29 - Doom 4 appears as a pre-order item on Amazon.com, with a tentative release date of December 31, 2015.
- November 30 - The 3DO source code is released.
- December 12 - Strife: Veteran Edition is released on Steam.
- March 1 - The New Doom website and forums were taken offline.
- April 21 - John Romero released the source code of DoomEd, the internal editor developed by id to build the original games, as well as the text-format DWD files from which the maps were originally compiled, and many of the game's development assets. See 2015 Doom source data release for full information.
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- Carmack, John (6/1/00). "6/1/00 .plan document for Doom 3". GameFinger. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
- Gitlin, Elle. For $105 million, you too can force Adrian Carmack out of a job. Ars Technica, 2005-09-29. Retrieved 2014-06-03.