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ChessDB - a free Chess Database

The main Window in ChessDB

ChessDB is a free chess database which can be used on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Apple Macs running OS X, FreeBSD, as well as most if not all modern UNIX versions. The program has translations into English, Spanish, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian and Swedish. The documentation is excellent, although currently most is only in English, but this situation is changing rapidly.

If have any questions after reading this web page, please subscribe to the Chessdb-users@lists.sourceforge.net mailing list (you will need to subscribe before you can post to the list).

What a chess database can do

In addition to this fully-featured chess database, there are a number of others available both free and commercial. This section describes in very broad terms basically why they are useful. Chess databases in general provide:

Main features of ChessDB

ChessDB is based very heavily on the highly successful Scid which was the premier free chess database. There are a large number of features. in ChessDB. It is not a cut-down/light/crippled (call it what you want) version of an expensive commercial product, but you get a complete fully functional program.

With ChessDB can:

What ChessDB can not do (as of 2009-12-18)

There are things that ChessDB can not do, which other software can do.

Other chess databases

We feel ChessDB will be the best choice for many people, but there are other chess databases around. Some of them include:

As you can see, there are a number of chess databases around. There can be little doubt that at the time of writing (May 2011), there is no better free database. Whether things like Chessbase are better depends on who you talk to.


Binaries (i.e. what most people call programs) which can be easily installed will be made available where possible. Currently we have


The look of ChessDB varies a little depending on the platform. Here are some screenshots under Windows, Mac OS X and Solaris (UNIX).

Screen shots taken with Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Screen shots taken with a Mac running OS X

Screen shots on a UNIX system (Solaris 10 in this case)

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