Scid - Downloads



The Scid Project wants to thank all those contributing to it's success! Many features would not be possible without their continued support.

All Scid versions are available on sourceforge

Scid works on

Compile source code

To compile Scid you must have Tcl/Tk (8.5 or newer is required) and a C++ compiler. On Debian based distro you can install tcl/tk from repository with sudo ap-get install tcl8.5-dev tk8.5-dev
Linux/Unix: You should be able to compile Scid just by typing ./configure and then make in the scid directory.
Windows: there are makefiles for MinGW (mingw-make -f Makefile.mingw), Cygwin and VC++ (nmake -f Makefile.vc).
If all else fails, just ask for help.

Windows USB key

Scid do not install system files: it can be run from a USB key by simply copying the Scid directory to it.
After that Scid can be run on any Windows computer double-clicking on the file scid.exe in the subfolder bin.
On the other end it's possible to install directly to a USB key from the windows installer choosing the appropriate install folder; selecting "Don't create a Start Menu Folder" and deselecting "Associate PGN files", "Associate SI4 files", "Create a Desktop icon"

Git repository

Get the latest (bleeding edge) source code from the Git repository with:
git clone git://scid.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/scid/scid

Additional downloads

  • The following files are not strictly required for Scid to run and are the same for every platform. Unless otherwise noticed, they are provided and maintained by our team member Franz Nagl.

    Neither of these files requires write permissions so they can be safely installed to a read only directory accessible by several users on the system. Scid will, however, generate a cache file for all photos if it does not exist upon the first startup. For this is is advisable that write permissions exist once either of the photo files is used for the first time.

    Note: The file ratings.zip is a much larger version of spellings.zip which has the same 140,000+ player names but also has the Elo rating history of each player. You will only need ratings.zip if you want to use the Add Elo ratings maintenance command in Scid. If not, don't waste your time downloading it.

    • Spell checking data

      This file is ZIP compressed. Please unzip and store the resulting spelling.ssp somewhere. Use Options / Load spellcheck file to load it.

    • Player ratings

      This file is ZIP compressed. Please unzip and store the resulting ratings.ssp somewhere. Use Options / Load spellcheck file to load it.

    • FIDE photos

      This file is ZIP compressed. Please unzip it to either your config dir or to share/scid/photos.

    • Wikipedia Photos

      This file is ZIP compressed. Please unzip it to either your config dir or to share/scid/photos.

    • Historic players photos

      This file is ZIP compressed. Please unzip it to either your config dir or to share/scid/photos.

    • Alias file for FICS. This file allows to show player photos while observing games on FICS. Please store it along with your FIDE photo file. This file is provided by Mikhail Kalenkov.

    Scid can show a photo whenever a game by a player with a photograph is loaded. To install the photos, download one the above ZIPs and extract its files to your Scid user options directory (~/.scid in Unix; the same directory as scid.exe in Windows) and run Scid.

  • Opening Books: Books.zip The books in this file are meant mainly for Scids playing features. They should replace the very simple and small opening books supplied with the default distribution. Please check out the README supplied with the zip file for further details.

  • Scidlet opening books: last January 2003

    The Scid packages above contain a small (8,000 position) opening book for Scidlet; here are larger books with 20,000 and 40,000 positions.
  • Pocket PC:
    • scidpocket-4.0.Arm.CAB (December 2009), an installer CAB file. Copy this file on your Pocket PC (device or SD Card) and open it : it will be installed and an icon will appear in the Games sub-menu under Program. Please read carefully installation instructions available at Scid Pocket page. Also note that a stronger version is available (Scid Pocket 4.1) : see Scid Pocket page for details.
      Note: due to recent changes on the Pocket PC platform by Microsoft this port will not work on Windows Mobile 7 and onwards. It is also no longer actively maintained.