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Gcompris logo (2016).svg
Gcompris 0.61 screenshot.png
Original author(s)Bruno Coudoin
Developer(s)Timothée Giet, Johny (maintainer)
Initial release2000; 19 years ago (2000)
Stable release
0.96 / 3 March 2019; 52 days ago (2019-03-03)[1]
Written in
Operating systemAndroid, iOS, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows
Available inmore than 50 languages
TypeEducational entertainment, Educational software
LicenseGNU General Public License

GCompris is a software suite comprising educational entertainment software for children aged 2 to 10.[2] GCompris was originally written in C and Python using the GTK+ widget toolkit, but a rewrite in C++ and QML using the Qt widget toolkit is since early 2014 in process. GCompris is free and open-source software subject to the requirements of the GNU General Public License version 3 and has been part of the GNU project.[3]

The name GCompris is a pun, in the French language is pronounced the same as the phrase "I have understood", J'ai compris [ʒekɔ̃ˈpʁi].

It is available for Linux, macOS and Windows. Binaries compiled for Microsoft Windows and macOS are distributed with a restricted number of activities; it is possible to access all the activities for a fee.


At the time of writing GCompris comprised more than 130 games, called "activities". These are bundled into the following groups:

Screenshot of Main Menu of Gcompris V15.02.
  • Computer discovery: keyboard, mouse, different mouse gestures
  • Numeracy: table memory, enumeration, double entry table, mirror images
  • Science: the canal lock, the water cycle, the submarine, electric simulations
  • Geography: place the country on the map
  • Games: chess, memory, connect 4, oware, sudoku
  • Reading: reading practice
  • Other: learn to tell time, puzzle of famous paintings, vector drawing, cartoon making

Development history[edit]

Timothée Giet, Current Maintainer of GCompris

The first version of the game was made in 2000 by Bruno Coudoin, a French software engineer. Since the first release it was distributed freely on the Internet and was protected by the GNU General Public License. The motivation behind the development was to provide native educational application for Linux. Since then, the software has seen continuous improvements, in terms of graphics and number of activities, thanks to the help of many developers and graphic artists joining the project over the years.

There are two branches of GCompris; with released versions in each. The first, older of which is the GTK+ branch that contains 140 activities is now considered to be a legacy branch in maintenance mode, with no new development[4]. The latest release of the GTK+ version is 15.10 of 18 Oct. 2015[5].

The newer branch of Gcompris is completely rewritten using Qt Quick.[6] The current version is developed using JavaScript, QML and C++ languages. An Android and Raspberry Pi versions are available for download.[7]


  1. ^ "Latest news". § Release GCompris 0.96. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Why Free Software makes sense in education". Express Computer. 2003-10-06. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
  3. ^ « GCompris - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation », lists.gnu.org, Sept 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Developer's corner Gtk - GCompris wiki
  5. ^ GCompris Git repository on gnome.org
  6. ^ "Developer's corner - GCompris". gcompris.net. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  7. ^ Giet, Timothée. "Download - GCompris". gcompris.net. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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