The fourth public preview version is ready for download. For now only as source code, packages for specific distributions are in preparation.

Source Code

Link: scidb-beta-code-r1431.tgz .
For all Linux/Unix operating systems, but the installation process is not yet tested under all systems.

Installation from Source Code

For a successful compilation the following packages are necessary: (Under older distributions some of them are not available, in this case the missing packages are not needed.)

  • Ubuntu/Debian/Mint
      > sudo apt-get install libexpat1-dev libfontconfig1-dev libfreetype6-dev libxft-dev libxcursor-dev tcl8.5 tcl8.5-dev tk8.5 tk8.5-dev zlib1g-dev

  • Red Hat/Fedora/openSUSE
      > yum install expat-devel fontconfig-devel freetype-devel glibc-devel glibc-headers libICE-devel libSM-devel libstdc++-devel libX11-devel libXcursor-devel libXft-devel tcl tcl-devel tk tk-devel zlib-devel

  • Arch Linux
      > pacman -S libsm libxcursor minizip tcl tk

Furthermore the following packages are recommended, though not strictly necessary:

  • Ubuntu/Debian/Mint
      > sudo apt-get install libudev-dev libgdbm-dev libzzip-dev

  • Red Hat/Fedora/openSUSE
      > yum install udev-devel gdbm-devel zziplib-devel

  • Arch Linux
      > pacman -S gdbm zziplib

In order that the desktop associations will be built, also the following packages should be installed (not absolutely necessary, but recommended if KDE, GNOME, or Xfce is used):

  • Ubuntu/Debian/Mint
      > sudo apt-get install desktop-file-utils hicolor-icon-theme shared-mime-info xdg-utils

  • Red Hat/Fedora/openSUSE
      > yum install desktop-file-utils hicolor-icon-theme shared-mime-info xdg-utils

  • Arch Linux
      > pacman -S desktop-file-utils hicolor-icon-theme shared-mime-info xdg-utils

Build Scidb as usual:

  > tar -xzf scidb-beta-code-r1431.tgz
  > cd scidb-beta-code-r1431
  > ./configure
  > make
  > sudo make install

In case of problems please consult file INSTALL.

Deinstallation can be done as follows:

  > cd scidb-beta-code-r1431
  > sudo make uninstall

All packages will be installed in /usr/local (to be conform with previous versions). These packages are for Linux/Unix systems only. The Windows version will be released later. Currently volunteers for Mac OS X porting are wanted (see ).

After an successful installation scidb-beta is executable.

In case of errors in the installation descriptions, please report to

Please consider the specific problems under Debian/Ubuntu/Mint editions: Release history.