I'm installing stockfish to be used on SCID. I followed these two tutorials, using Stockfish from the Stockfish website rather than from git.


I downloaded the engine binaries for Stockfish7 for Linux from


I read that you need to compile it first so I compiled the Stockfish engine with sudo apt-get install git g++. Tested it with make profile-build ARCH=x86-32 then I went to add the engine in SCID, with these settings:

name: stockfish
command: stockfish
directory: /home/user/Desktop/stockfish-7-linux/Linux/src/.stockfish
UCI on

But then it tells me that it is unable to start the program: stockfish.

That error is the default response for any error. If I typed in folders that don't exist and a file that doesn't exist, it gives that error too. What am I doing wrong?

3 Answers 3


In the line:

name:stockfish command: stockfish directory: /home/user/Desktop/stockfish-7-linux/Linux/src/.stockfish UCI on

Are you sure your exe file is called ".stockfish" and not only just "stockfish". Seems odd that you have a hidden exe file (even that it is possible)

  • I have replaced directory: /home/user/Desktop/stockfish-7-linux/Linux/src/stockfish and also comfirmed that there is indeed an exe called stockfish in that folder, however the same error persists.
    – Qwertford
    Commented Jun 12, 2016 at 23:12
  • Are you able to start th eexe from the cmd line ? Can you post an exact dump of the error you get ? Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 9:08
  • apologies, I hadn't realised that command had to be the location of stockfish.
    – Qwertford
    Commented Jun 13, 2016 at 16:54
  • Does that mean that it works now ? Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 13:18
  1. Make sure you are pointing to the binary distribution of Stockfish and not the source. The binary distribution should be a variation of stockfish_10_x64.

  2. Make sure this binary has execute permissions:

    chmod u+x stockfish_10_x64
  • this was the issue for me. I had to make the binary executable.
    – Hauptideal
    Commented Apr 12, 2022 at 14:26

The solution is:

This command right here, as linked: /home/yourusername/.scid4.7/Linux/stockfish_10_x64

It worked for me.

I went into a search and found "Stockfish." Then I went onto "copy link location," and pasted it into command (I copied the Stockfish files in the SCID folder).

I hope that someone finds this helpful.

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