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GNU Backgammon
Plays and analyzes backgammon games and matches

GNUBG is a strong backgammon program (world-class with a bearoff database installed) usable either as an engine by other programs or as a standalone backgammon game. In addition to supporting simple play, it also has extensive analysis features, a tutor mode, adjustable difficulty, and support for exporting annotated games. It can be played either from a GTK+ graphical interface, optionally with a 3D board, or from a simple text console.

It was at first extensible on platforms that support Guile.


User reference available from

Heckert gnu.small.png This is a GNU package:gnubg


version 1.05 (stable)
released on 20 April 2015

User level


VCS Checkout

cvs -z3 co gnubg


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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
License:GPLv3genium7 September 2015

Leaders and contributors

Joern Thyssen Maintainer
Joern Thyssen Contributor
Joseph Heled Contributor

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug Tracking,
Debian (Ref)
Savannah (Ref)

Software prerequisites

Weak prerequisitegtk
Weak prerequisitereadline
Weak prerequisitegdbm
Weak prerequisiteguile

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 19 February 2018.


"Debian" is not in the list (General, Help, Bug Tracking, Support, Developer) of allowed values for the "Resource audience" property.

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