All support/help is welcome and highly appreciated!
This page is for downloading BanksiaGUI – a free chess GUI with beta versions, before officially releasing.
To run the app, just download, unzip and click the program. You need a 64-bit OS, Windows, macOS, or Linux.
Bug reports, ideas, suggestions, feature requests… are highly appreciated! Please use some below ways:
- post on Banksia GUI support forums
- write down here as comments
- email to banksiagui at gmail dot com
- a topic about Banksia GUI in the forum Talkchess.com
New: You are welcome to join and post on Banksia GUI forums. Forums’ topics are chess/computer chess in general. Recently, it has just been eased temporarily for registering.
We plan to support/study some hardware. Some of them are expensive. Thus we need some help from you all. You may donate us some hardware (such as electronic chessboards). Used or new is fine. Or even lend us for a while (for a few months). You may donate or advertise on our app too. For any donation above US$50, we will display your name/information/advertisement in the About dialog box of BSG as golden sponsors for one year (for being Diamond sponsors with unlimited time, please discuss with us). All help is highly appreciated!
Ver 0.54 beta (20 May 2022)
- BanksiaGUI 0.54 for MS Windows 64 bit
- BanksiaGUI 0.54 for macOS, 64 bit
- BanksiaGUI 0.54 for Linux, 64 bit
Besides some minor bug fixes, many small improvements, and changes, there are some new things, including:
- Show boards & brief info in the tournament panel as tooltips
- The human can play in tournaments (re-implement the feature)
- Use online EGTB (Lichess or Chessdb) for adjudicating
- Officially support OCGDB (Open Chess Game Database Standard, based on SQLite). The new chess database format and code are one of the best so far (it is comparable to any best chess database program on any parameter) and highly optimized for sizes, speed, and position searching
- Officially support OOBS (Open Opening Book Standard) – a new format for opening books based on SQLite
- We pride ourselves as founders of two new open chess standards, one for databases and the other for opening books. Both are open-source, totally free, and built on SQL databases which are mature, very strong engines/libraries to store and search data. Those standards and code have open, clean, clear database structures thus very easy to understand, and convert data from, to or modify. All could work directly and very well with BSG. The game databases can have customized structures. Users may not be worried anymore about speed and limitations (very high than average need and much much higher than any other chess format/program)
- EGTB 7-men has been available for some years. However, the number of users who download them all is still small (based on our experience and discussion on some forums). The reason is that 7-men are too huge, too expensive (to buy enough storage), and require too much time and effort to download. With the new feature, BSG can help users to get some benefits without downloading them. Lichess or chessdb could be chosen for adjudicating with endgames 7-men. In our tests, it is very fast, and smoothly and can help save significant time and computer power
To use Banksia GUI with some languages, users can download language packages (extension .qm) and copy it into folder languages (it is located on the same folder with the runnable file of Banksia GUI. For macOS, it is in package BanksiaGui.app, right-click on that to popup menu and select Show Package Contents)
You may help people by translating BSG into your languages by forking one of the below repositories:
BanksiaGUI is built based on our open-source Banksia. You may visit, download and/or contribute: