I am trying to install Scid for chess analysis on Ubuntu but even though I am trying to follow instructions in the README and online, I cant seem to compile it properly to get an install to work.

It seems that people have been installing Scid using apt-get shown here, but this version is somewhere around 4 years old, so I would like to get a more up to date version.

I am using 15.04.


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You can compile and use the latest scid version (as of today 4.6) yourself :

  1. Download :

    wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/scid/Scid/Scid%204.6/scid-4.6.2.zip
    unzip scid-4.6.2.zip
  2. Compile :

    sudo apt-get install tk8.6 tcl8.6-dev
    cd scid-src 
  3. Launch :


Alternatively you can install it using checkinstall:

    sudo apt-get install checkinstall
    sudo checkinstall

Why checkinstall ?

CheckInstall keeps track of all files installed by "make install" or equivalent. It creates a .deb package and adds it to the installed packages database. This allows easy package removal later. — Ubuntu Wiki

Successfully tested on my Ubuntu 15.04.

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    Use checkinstall instead of make install =)
    – A.B.
    Oct 19, 2015 at 14:23
  • @A.B. Great point =) done.
    – hg8
    Oct 19, 2015 at 14:33
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    Worked beautifully, thanks for the help. And never knew about checkinstall this seems really useful. Oct 19, 2015 at 14:45
  • checkinstall didn't work with the lated scid 4.6.4
    – Foreever
    Jan 25, 2019 at 4:12

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