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PySol Fan Club Edition displaying a deal of Black Hole
PySol Fan Club Edition displaying a deal of Black Hole
Developer(s)Markus F.X.J. Oberhumer
Initial release1998 (Continued after 2004[1] as PySolFC[2])
Stable release
2.8.0 / March 6, 2020; 2 months ago (2020-03-06)[3]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inPython and Tk
TypeComputer game
LicenseGNU General Public License

PySol is an open-source (GPL) and platform independent computer game that incorporates around 1,000 solitaire games, including card games and other types of single-player games.[4] The game achieved broad usage in the open-source gaming domain and was ported to other platforms, including Windows, Mac and the OpenPandora gaming handheld.[5]


PySol was originated by Markus F.X.J. Oberhumer in 1998.[6] It is written in the Python programming language,[7] and it uses the Tk GUI toolkit. While development of the original PySol officially ceased in 2004,[1] several forks, including PySolitaire, UltraSol, FlowerSol, and PySol Fan Club Edition (also known as “PySolFC”) continue to be developed by the game's community.

Supported games[edit]

PySol and its variants contain hundreds of games,[2] therefore the games are classified according to several criteria for better usability. The following game classes are supported by PySol: Baker's Dozen, Beleaguered Castle, Canfield, Fan, Forty Thieves, FreeCell, Golf, Gypsy, Klondike, Montana, Napoleon, Numerica, Spider, Terrace, Yukon.[8]


PySol features a hint system, multiple undo/redo, bookmarks and a demo mode showing how to play each game. Also, loss/win statistics are taken for every player and there are several assist play and automatic play options. If a sound server is installed, it also supports sound effects and background music.[9]

Reception and usage[edit]

PySolFC was noted by several news outlets positively as a "tremendous collection of Solitaire games, going well beyond the usual mix"[10][8] and was downloaded from Sourceforge alone 350,000 times between 2006 and April 2020.[11] PySolFC is also included in many Linux distributions like Ubuntu,[12] Fedora,[13] OpenSuse,[14] Debian,[15] and also ported to other platforms such as Microsoft Windows[10], Mac,[16] or the OpenPandora gaming handheld.[5]

In December 2000 CNN placed PySol among the "Top 10 Linux games for the holidays".[17] PySol received in 2003 The Linux Game Tome's Best Free Cards/Board/Gambling Game award.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Oberhumer, Markus. "Pysol Solitaire Home Page". Retrieved 2015-07-15.
  2. ^ a b "PySolFC Home Page".
  3. ^ "pysolfc-2.8.0". 2020-03-06. Retrieved 2020-04-21.
  4. ^ "PySolFC - List of solitaire games".
  5. ^ a b pysolfc.jr on
  6. ^ Pysol game on
  7. ^ skomoroh. "PySolFC". SourceForge.
  8. ^ a b Scott M. Morris (27 Sep 2005). "PySol: More Solitaire Than You Can Shake a Stick At". Novell Cool Solutions. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Debian -- Details of package pysol in lenny". Archived from the original on 11 January 2010.
  10. ^ a b Ian Harac (23 March 2009). "Editorial Review of PySol Fan Club Edition (PySolFC)". PC World. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  11. ^ Pysolfc - stats on (April 2020)
  12. ^ pysolfc on
  13. ^ PySolFC on
  14. ^ pysol on
  15. ^ pysol on
  16. ^ pysol on
  17. ^ Top 10 Linux games for the holidays by Lee Anderson on (December 20, 2000, archived)
  18. ^ "Linux Game Tome Awards". 2003-01-28. Archived from the original on 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2008-04-01.

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