Go Apps For Mobile Or PC/Mac

EDIT AFTER A LONG TIME: Thought I would update the list to include all your suggegstions and be more up to date, maybe someone will find it usefull :slight_smile:

if you keep adding suggestions I will keep updating.

Go on Android:

For playing

Crazy Stone Lite (CS Lite) (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.unbalance.android.gocsdllite&hl=en)

  • 9x9 13x13 19x19 supported and free
  • two players or AI

Go Free (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.aifactory.gofree)

  • free for playing 9x9 or 13x13 (19x19 is paid)
  • two players or AI

GridMaster Free (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.tengen.gridmaster)

  • 9x9 13x13 19x19 supported and free
  • two players or AI (kind of weakish)
  • many options including sgf viewer that supports branches

Go Droid (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.agrothe.go)

  • 9x9 13x13 19x19 supported and free
  • two players or AI (kind of weakish)
For learning

Tsumego Pro (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.lrstudios.android.tsumego_workshop)

  • free (you can buy additional problems)
    Not really for complete beginners as even the esiest problems can be a little too complex. Some slightly questionable problems but overall great. Six daily problems.

BW-Joseki (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mco.prj.app.bwkjd)
database of basic josekis with comments. You can switch to any corner and color you need to match with your game.

Go Dojo (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.happydroid.goess)
Guess the next move of a pro game (you get a hint on an area). Feel like a 9p yet? Test it out. Great fun I must say :-D. And so rewarding when you get it right.

Hactar Go (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.gowrite.hactarLite)

  • Play capture go
  • Review pro games
  • A large database of problems sorted by difficulty as well as purpose (life & death, local tesuji, endgame,)

ElyGo (paid) (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=lrstudios.games.ego)

  • Database pro games + allows you to import your own SGF files and game databases
  • Joseki dictionary, pattern search, SGF editor / simple review tool, …
  • Tsumego problems
  • Play and observe games online in IGS

Go on iOS:

For playing

Igowin pro/tutor (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/igowin-pro/id374226978?mt=8 / https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/igowin-tutor/id331538702?mt=8)

  • Play against your phone
  • The tutor version has a tutorial for beginners
For learning

SmartGo Kifu (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smartgo-kifu/id364854741?mt=8)

  • professional games database
  • Go problems
  • 30 annotated games
  • Joseki and fuseki analysis
  • Demo board

Go Books (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/go-books/id428149193?mt=8)

  • A database of go related books (most of which are paid, but you have a free preview for all)
  • Replay moves in book diagrams

EasyGo (there’s a free version also) (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easygo-pro/id492566615?mt=8)

  • tsumegos

Tsumego Pro (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tsumego-pro-go-problems/id892041876?mt=8)
Not really for complete beginners as even the esiest problems can be a little too complex. Some slightly questionable problems but overall great. Six daily problems.

Go on PC:

For playing

Leela / Leela Zero (https://sjeng.org/leela.html)

  • Feel like getting destroyed over and over?
  • Not sure I would recommend to beginners. You will just get destroyed and there is almost no “easier” settings. Some might think it is a good way to learn, but unless you are like super devoted to being the best there ever was I think you will just get depressed soon :smiley:
For learning

Go review partner (http://yuntingdian.com/goreviewpartner/)

  • let your own computer analyse your game and show variations
  • already bundeled with an engine of your choice (probably Leela)
  • easy to use
For sgf management

Don’t have much experience with these, so feel free to educate me

Sabaki https://sabaki.yichuanshen.de/

Drago http://www.godrago.net/


I use tsumego pro and find it very good. Even if you dont plan on spending the money on additional problems (they arent exactly cheap) it can still be usefull since the 6 daily problems also feature ones not bought by the user. Its neat as well, that the app knows some wrong variations (not all of them obv.).
I recommend trying it if you havent :slight_smile:

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Would be nice if you folks could please aways mention for which OS the app is available :slight_smile:

iOS Must-Have’s, IMO:

  • SmartGo Kifu
  • Go Books (free)
  • EasyGo (there’s a free version also, but I like it, so I took the full version)
  • Tsumego Pro

This is useful. There are dozens of Go apps, but most of them are just useless or aren’t well implemented. Including others:

ElyGo (Android - PAID)
= There is a free version (ElyGo Lite), but it’s extremely bad, including only 20 tsumego and 14 Honinbo Shusaku’s games you can review through the app, with other features locked…

  • Database of 20.000 pro games + allows you to import your own SGF files and game databases
  • Joseki dictionary, pattern search, SGF editor / simple review tool, …
  • Over 500 tsumego problems
  • Play and observe games online in IGS

GNU Go - ElyGo (Android - FREE)

  • Play against GNU Go (AI)

Hactar go is one of the best go apps that I have found for android.

To be honest I never understood why someone would be using iOS :stuck_out_tongue: (especially after 2011). But now I get it. Its because of the [quote=“trohde, post:3, topic:10114”]
Go Books (free)
isn’t it?

Damn it that looks awesome :frowning: (* jealous *)

When I read your comment I was like:
“wait, Go Books is free for Android too… I remember using it"
searches Play Store everywhere
"Ohhhh, forget it, I downloaded it when I was using an iPhone a few months ago”

That app is very good, but the books aren’t free (despite cheap enough to be worth it!). I remember reading some free chapters, but if I wanted the rest I needed to buy.

Yes, but even the free previews of some books are big enough to keep one busy for quite a time :slight_smile:

Also, the format is open, anybody can create a free book for the Go Books app (also available for OS X/macOS, BTW, and all purchases are instantly synchronized) … IF they can, that is :wink:

In addition to already mentioned - Igowin Pro and Igowin tutor (iOS) (last is free).
There is extended version (PC/Mac) “The many faces of Go” - a lot of usefull stuff in one place. I like it

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Wish it were so, but, sadly, there is no Mac version of TMFoG.

Quoting from http://www.smart-games.com/manyfaces.html:

[quote]System requirements: IBM-PC or compatible, 32 bit or 64 bit Intel or AMD CPU, Windows NT, XP, 2000, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10. 32 or 64 bit Windows. 512 MB or more main memory.


Sorry, my mistake. I use it on PC but I thought there was Mac option also (

For Android devices, I like GOdroid for playing against AI. It uses GNU Go, which means it plays at about 15k-8k depending on what skill level you choose.

The user interface is nice; it lets you select 9x9, 13x13, or 19x19 with a nice zoom feature (tap and hold to zoom in/out). It also lets you save SGF files, and has some other nice options. Swipe left and right at the top of the screen to undo/redo moves.

If you dont mind paid apps (and kinda pricey too), Crazy Stone Deep Learning is a really strong AI bot using neural network (5d I think), that allow a lot of features :

  • 20 levels of play from 15k to 5d
    There are 20 levels of play (15k-5d) for all the board sizes.
    Crazy Stone has improved not only in strength, but also in his style of play
    and the lower levels are perfect for average players.

  • Analysis Mode
    You can analyze your current game and also game records saved in sgf files.
    Use the analysis mode to review games and help improve your strength.
    Move list, Histogram, Record analysis, Situation graph can be confirmed
    with the analysis by Crazy Stone.

  • Rating Mode
    We have provided a Rating Mode for 19x19 and 9x9 board sizes.
    You can confirm the results of games played and the history of your rating.

  • Export and import sgf game files
    You will be able to import and load game records in sgf format.
    Please use Crazy Stone Deep Learning to review and analyze Go games.
    If you save games in DL format, the results of the record analysis will also be saved in the file.

  • Other features

・Friendly 3 input methods
You can choose from 3 options of input methods (Zoom, Cursor & Touch).

・20 levels of play for each board size (9x9, 13x13, 19x19)

・Human vs Computer, Human vs Human (sharing a single device)

・Computer vs Computer Games

・Handicap games, variable options of Komi

・Hint (suggest)

・Instant Undo (available even when the computer is thinking)

・Automatic territory calculation

・Japanese/Chinese Rules

・Suspend/Re-start games

・Save/Load game record in sgf files

・Automatic and manual replay of a game record

・Highlight the last move

・COM resign feature

・Byoyomi games
(You will not be able to select computer level in timed games)

・Atari warning

・Highlight the last move

・Landscape mode


I remembered this old thread and thought it might be usefull to update and revise, given some new programs and usefull apps coming to my attention :slight_smile: (now all in the first post)

If you do not think so just say nothing and we will let the thread die out forever :smiley:

All I want is an OGS app for iOS…

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Unfortunatelly, right now that would only be possible by some fan made third party app. I know there is a quite functionalandroid app for OGS made by one of our players, but do not know anything about iOS. :frowning:

As far as we are concerned (or more precisesly our devs - I just nod in agreement :smiley: ) we are focused solely on improving the online browser experience at the moment.


It’s worth noting… As it stands there are no mobile apps that offer better functionality than playing in your mobile browser.


Thanks for the overview, AdamR. Is https://online-go.com/docs/other-go-resources going to be updated as well?


Probably not :joy:

yeah okay, I will try to suggest some updates there as well, keep up the nasty questions, it’s good for us :smiley:


The menu on the right, on the page for a single game, renders terribly on Chrome for iPad. I often pause the game by accident when trying to set conditional moves or use the score estimator.