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A beautiful FICS client

Macbeth is a beautiful and minimalistic FICS client for macos and Linux. It supports almost all FICS game types like Suicide, Losers, Wild and Crazyhouse and saves your games automatically. It is open source, you can find the source code here on github.
Download (macos <= 10.14)
v0.0.32 (macos <= 10.14)
Download (macos 10.15)
v0.0.32 (macos 10.15)
The 'dark mode' available since OSX 10.14 is not well supported in Macbeth! You will find that buttons are white instead of 'dark' and button labels aren't displayed at all so it is not beautiful as it should be. This is because I use a library that doesn't support the 'dark mode' yet so I cannot fix this easily. I hope that this will be resolved one day.
@Linux users: I don't provide binaries for you but you can easily build Macbeth yourself! You'll find the build instructions on github.

What is FICS?

FICS is the acronym for Free Internet Chess Server. Run by volunteers FICS is completely free. FICS can look back on a long and eventfull past. It started its service as early as 1995. Beside chess FICS offers a variety of chess variations like Losers, Suicide, several 'wild' variations, Crazyhouse and Bughouse.
If you don't have an account you can always play with a guest login. But I recommend to register and create an account. FICS will track your rating, you can stay in contact with other players and join tournaments. You can register here.


When I bought my MacBook Air I was disappointed that my favourite FICS client Babaschess would not run on OSX. So I decided to program my own client, learning Haskell on the way.

Macbeth is a work in progress, but all the functionality that I wanted initially is implemented. Let me know if a feature is missing!

Macbeth will create a folder in your home directory: ~/Macbeth. All your games will be automatically stored here.

If you tried Macbeth and like it, please write me an email! If you don't like it or your favourite feature is missing or you encountered a bug, please write me as well! <>

You can find the code on github.

I am indebted to Eric de Mund. He is so kind to offer chess piece sets in perfect quality under Creative Commons. I rejoiced when I found them! So, the piece sets are the work of Eric De Mund, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.


Macbeth is free! The biggest gift you can make is to write me an email telling me what features are still missing for you :) The (few) emails I get from users really make my day! This is just in case you think about supporting Macbeth in a less idealistic way...