Dedicated to chess on Mac

Information for Chess players, Chess programmers and Apple users

Updated on : 04/01/2022
Version 1.58
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Depending on your system you will require different software. Please select the system you use at the left for finding the software you require.

Name Released Icon
mac OS 11+ M1 ARM-64
mac OS 11+ Intel x86-64
12.0 Monterey
11.0 Big Sur

mac OS
x86-32, x86-64
10.15 Catalina
10.14 Mojave
10.13 High Sierra
10.12 Sierra
10.11 El Captain
10.10 Yosemite
10.9 Mavericks (first free of charge OS)
10.8 Mountain Lion (last paying OS)
10.7 Lion

Mac OS X universal
x86-32, x86-64, Power PC through emulation
10.6 Snow Leopard
x86-32, x86-64, Power-PC-32, Power-PC-64 10.5 Leopard
10.4 Tiger
Mac OS X aqua/native software
Power-PC-32, Power-PC-64
10.3 Panther
Mac OS X classic software
Emulation of Mac OS 9 on Mac OS X
10.0 till 10.4
Mac OS X java software
Only Java 7 and Java 8 are currently supported.
10.0 up to 10.13
Mac OS X X11 software 10.3 till 10.4 - XFree86
10.5 till 10.7 - Xorg
10.8 ongoing - XQuartz
Mac OS 7-9 software
Discontinued by Apple
Internet-PC  VirtualBox, Parallels, VMware Fusion, WinONX, ...
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If you want to play a game against the computer, you will find a lot of applications. Alternatively, you might want to play against another player over the internet or over another network. You might be looking for storing your played games or for publishing your games in a newsletter. While I do not yet maintain indexes for these kind of solutions, you can have a look at the specials section. The overview section will also give you some indication.

In the near future, you will find reviews of the top programs that are available for Mac OS.

Note about the different systems:

Systems up till 9 do support special written macintosh applications. These programs perform normally well on any 68k or PowerMac. Most chess applications are not requiring special OS specific enhancements to work and will operate even on System 7.6.

As of 8.6, a carbon library has become available and you will find some software that will operate well as well on these systems as they will operate on OS X.

As of OS X, native (aqua) applications exist, and applications that operate in the classic environment. Alternatively, you can also run applications in X11. This is an enhancement that has only become standard as of Mac OS X 10.3.

As of OS X 10.4, universal binaries exist. These are applications that work as well on an Apple Mac computer as on a Mac Intel computer.

As of OS X 10.12, 32 bit is no longer supported and applications are being sandboxed. This has a lot of implications on older applications that stop working.

As of OS X 11. The native environment is ARM. x86 applications are being emulated.

Please refer to the downloads page to find out more information about these different OS systems.