The first question to ask yourself is why not the version supplied with Gnome?


A source tarball is released each time the development version finishes adding a feature or a major bugfix is made. For the cutting edge see the development code in Subversion.

If using a tarball version go to a suitable directory like ~USER/projects and unpack using: $ tar xfvz glchess-VERSION.tar.gz

Run glChess with: $ PYTHONPATH=./lib ./

Enjoy yourself immensely! For maximum fun install some chess engines.


The latest development version of glChess is availiable for anonymous download. To check out the source into a directory called 'glchess' in the current directory use: $ svn co glchess

The Subversion repository can be browsed online.


Source for the Python OpenGL and GtkGLExt bindings are found on their homepages.

Some packages that are available:

Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft). Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn)

Download the glChess package # apt-get install python2.4 python-gtk2 python-glade2 # dpkg -i  glchess_*_all.deb

Debian Unstable

# apt-get install glchess

Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake)

Download the glChess package # apt-get install  python2.4 python2.4-gtk2 python2.4-glade2 # dpkg -i glchess_*_all.deb


# emerge glchess


Use third party packages or source distribution. Some Fedora based distributions (e.g. BLAG) can be installed with yum install glchess


Haha! Not likely... But brave souls should try the source and contact us if you get it (and the dependencies) going

All past and present releases are available on the sourceforge download page. If you have trouble installing these on your distribution please contact us.

Texture loading is faster if the Python Imaging Library is installed. 3D chessboard support is enabled if GtkGLExt is installed.

Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft, 7.04 Feisty Fawn

# apt-get install python2.4-imaging Download PyGtkGlExt. # apt-get install python2.4-opengl libgtkglext1 # dpkg -i python2.4-gtkglext1_*_i386.deb Note: PyGtkGlExt is now in Debian so it should soon be in Ubuntu too. If you are not using i386 then use the Debian packages (will probably? work).

Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake

# apt-get install python2.4-imaging Download PyGtkGlExt # apt-get install python2.4-opengl libgtkglext1 # dpkg -i python2.4-gtkglext1_*_i386.deb

Debian Unstable

# apt-get install python-imaging # apt-get install python-opengl python-gtkglext1


# emerge imaging # emerge pygtkglext


# yum install gtkglext pygtkglext

Apps/Chess/NonGnomeVersion (last edited 2013-08-08 23:55:44 by WilliamJonMcCann)