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ubuntu shogi software
2015-08-12, 05:40 AM
Post: #1
ubuntu shogi software
Hi everybody,

I'm a Linux user and I would like to know if it exist ubuntu shogi software like BCMShogi.

I'm looking for free modern shogi applications, but I found nothing instead GPSShogi (and it't not possible to edit kifu). In the past there was a trick in using shogidokoro, but it's not nicely working anymore.

Maybe do you have any Japanese software to recommend ?

Thank you for your help!

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2015-08-12, 12:06 PM
Post: #2
RE: ubuntu shogi software
Disclaimer:I'm not a linux user. So my answer might not be right.

According to this unbutsu user's site written on 2008-09-23( , there was no unbutsu shogi-kifu recording/editing or administrating software. The writer's recommending workaround was to use wine to run Kifu for Windows. I think the current situation is the same.
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2015-08-14, 11:37 AM
Post: #3
RE: ubuntu shogi software
Hi Lelorrarem, I'm a linux user as well and I'd recommend GShogi, here's a sample screenshot of a horrible game I played:
I found it on Github

Unfortunately I'm not using Ubuntu but I'll try to give you some instructions, you'll need Python and GCC installed, you'll also PyGTK and GTK but you probably already have those installed.

To play:
git clone
cd gshogi
python build

This will clone the repository and build the opening book, to actually play the game run:
and it'll start.

You might run into the following error
SyntaxError: Missing parentheses in call to 'print'
in which case use python2 instead of python (python2 build and python2

The page says it can also "install" but I just wrote a desktop file myself, you should look into it, it's always a good thing to know if you're using linux.
It's 2 years old but it runs perfectly, if you're an experienced shogi player (I am not) you could install the bonanza engine, one of the strongest shogi engines but the developer site is down and you'll need to know how to compile
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2015-08-24, 12:06 AM
Post: #4
RE: ubuntu shogi software
Note that there is an enhanced version of Bonanza 6.0 (supporting interactive analysis with move exclusion) available from my on-line source repository ( ). You would still have to compile, but I guess that is normal for installing Linux software. You would need that huge file with eval parameters, however; I did not include that in the repository.

XBoard supports Shogi, and the latest development version even understands kifu on input. But XBoard always saves games in PGN format.
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2015-10-13, 06:26 AM
Post: #5
RE: ubuntu shogi software
Shogidokoro 3.2.0 runs fine under mono 4.0.4

In fact, since a few recent versions, it's been OK. Earlier this year, it was NOT though.

Mono, not wine.
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