iconGNOME Sudoku

Sudoku is a logic game with a Japanese name that has recently exploded in popularity.

GNOME Sudoku screenshot I (Tom Hinkle, the author) am a GNOME user and python programmer whose wife happened to get addicted to sudoku. I played the game once and decided it would be fun to write a program to solve Sudoku. It turned out, letting the computer solve the puzzle took all the fun out of it.

So then I wrote GNOME Sudoku, a program for my favorite desktop platform that generates new puzzles and helps you play them. Like all the software I use, write and love, GNOME Sudoku is free software, released under the GNU General Public License.

Right now, GNOME Sudoku is under consideration for official inclusion in GNOME. If you would like to see GNOME Sudoku come with the default GNOME installations from now on, please vote for it here


GNOME Sudoku is meant to have as simple, unobstrusive an interface as possible while still providing features that make playing difficult Sudoku more fun. Some of the features are:

Game Play

Saving, Printing


GNOME Sudoku is packaged as part of Ubuntu Linux (>5.10) and as part of Fedora Core (>4). On an ubuntu system, you can install with the following:

sudo apt-get install gnome-sudoku

On a Fedora system, you can install with the following

su -c 'yum install gnome-sudoku'

All users can get the latest debian package or tarball from the SourceForge download page.

To install from the tarball, you need to do the following:

tar -zxf gnome-sudoku-0.3.1.tar.gz
cd gnome-sudoku-0.3.1
sudo python setup.py install

You also need to make sure you have the proper prerequisites — which mainly consist of python2.4, the Python Imaging Library, python numeric, and the pygtk + pygnome packages. For GNOME Sudoku version 0.6 or higher, you need GTK 2.8 or higher installed. Of course, if you're on an ubuntu or fedora system, installing from the official packages will take care of dependencies automatically.

iconGetting Help and Reporting Bugs

If you have trouble with GNOME Sudoku, you can ask for help on the Sourceforge forum.

If you find a bug, please report it at the sourceforge bug page.

Last changed: September 20th 2006 17:27