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
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"
Get the latest (bleeding edge) source code from the Git repository with:
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
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.
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.
This file is ZIP compressed. Please unzip it to either
your config dir or to share/scid/photos.
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
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
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.
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.
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