May 2018 note: In 2016 I worked a little bit on eboard's source code. Some bugs were fixed, an internal timeseal implementation was added, some unused and untested features removed, and the extra sounds and graphics were merged to the main source package. The source code is now in a public repository at github, at
The current eboard version in that repository package is 1.1.2. I will not be updating this website with binary packages, screenshots or documentation for these newer versions. If any OS distribution is still packaging eboard, I strongly recommend using the github repository instead of the old (2008) source code in this website.
The latest version on this page is: 1.1.1 (Feb 22nd, 2008)
December 2012 note: (Recently, in 2012, someone else is attempting to restart the development of eboard. However, this person is more concerned in adding annoying features (i.e., Babaschess-like) than fixing the few existing bugs. Such versions beyond 1.1.1 (with 4 version numbers such as 1.1.1.0004) are not official, and I would be glad if they were not called eboard at all. If I ever restart developing eboard again, any new versions will be posted here, and will completely ignore that parallel line of work). -- F.Bergo, Dec 2012
eboard is a chess interface for Unix-like systems (GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, etc.) based on the GTK+ GUI toolkit. It provides a chess board interface to ICS (Internet Chess Servers) like FICS and to chess engines like GNU Chess, Sjeng and Crafty.
The primary purpose of eboard is serving as interface to FICS, but also allows you to play against a chess program, analyze saved games, and play with other eboard user on the Internet.
eboard provides many features other interfaces lack, like a good looking, configurable interface, multiple board views, resizeable board (without restarting), seek table, text input separated from the output, input history (bash-like), scripting, scroll lock, and many others. See the features section for a walk-through of eboard's features.
eboard is developed by volunteers, and donations from satisfied users are welcome.