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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 release 1998
Stable release
2.2.0 / April 16, 2018; 5 months ago (2018-04-16)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written in Python and Tk
Platform Cross-platform
Type Computer game
License GNU 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.[3] 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.[4]


PySol was originated by Markus F.X.J. Oberhumer in 1998.[5] It is written in the Python programming language,[6] 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.[7]


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.[8]

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"[9][7] and was downloaded from Sourceforge alone 290,000 times between 2006 and May 2017.[10] PySolFC is also included in many Linux distributions like Ubuntu,[11] Fedora,[12] OpenSuse,[13] Debian,[14] and also ported to other platforms such as Microsoft Windows,[9] Mac,[15] or the OpenPandora gaming handheld.[4]

In December 2000 CNN placed PySol among the "Top 10 Linux games for the holidays".[16] PySol received in 2003 The Linux Game Tome's Best Free Cards/Board/Gambling Game award.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Oberhumer, Markus. "Pysol Solitaire Home Page". Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  2. ^ a b "PySolFC Home Page". 
  3. ^ "PySolFC - List of solitaire games". 
  4. ^ a b pysolfc.jr on
  5. ^ Pysol game on
  6. ^ skomoroh. "PySolFC". SourceForge. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Debian -- Details of package pysol in lenny". Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Ian Harac (2009-03-23). "Editorial Review of PySol Fan Club Edition (PySolFC)". PC World. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  10. ^ Pysolfc - stats on (May 2017)
  11. ^ pysolfc on
  12. ^ PySolFC on
  13. ^ pysol on
  14. ^ pysol on
  15. ^ pysol on
  16. ^ Top 10 Linux games for the holidays by Lee Anderson on (December 20, 2000, archived)
  17. ^ "Linux Game Tome Awards". 2003-01-28. Archived from the original on 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2008-04-01. 

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