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Source code

For all Linux/Unix operating systems, but the installation process is not yet tested under all systems. Please see below how the installation will be done.


All packages will be installed in /usr/local (to be conform with previous versions). These packages are for Linux/Unix systems only.

After an successful installation scidb-beta is executable.

If case of errors in the installation descriptions, please report to <>.

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.)


sudo apt-get install libexpat1-dev libfontconfig1-dev libfreetype6-dev libxft-dev libxcursor-dev tcl8.6 tcl8.6-dev tk8.6 tk8.6-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:


sudo apt-get install libgdbm-dev libzzip-dev

Red Hat/Fedora/openSUSE

yum install 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):


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
sudo make install

In case of problems please consult file INSTALL.

Deinstallation can be done in this way:

cd scidb-beta-code-r1431
sudo make uninstall
Source:, updated 2017-08-20