FICS Login Info and Comparison of Chess Server Interfaces

Logging in to FICS

To log in to FICS, you first need to connect to the FICS Chess Server. That connection can be made via
a web browser, or by downloading and installing an interface program or app on your computer or mobile
device. Connecting via an interface program or app will usually give you the most capabilities. On the
other hand, connecting via a web browser does not require any download and it's very simple to do.

Connecting via a Web Browser

Currently, there are two web browser connections available for FICS.

Mobialia has become a very popular way to connect to FICS. When Mobialia's home page comes up,
you can connect to FICS as a guest by simply clicking on "Play online". To connect as a registered
user, uncheck the box next to "Connect as guest". Then enter your username (under "Login") and
password, and then click on "Play online".

Freechess.club provides an easy way to connect to FICS. When on the freechess.club home page,
click on the "Play Now" button. You'll be automatically connected to FICS as a guest. To connect as a
registered user, first connect as a guest. Once you're connected as a guest, click on the yellow
"Sign In" button. In the dialog box that comes up, enter your username and your password, and then
click on "Login".

Connecting via an Interface Program or App

Interface programs and apps for use with FICS are software programs that allow a computer or mobile
device to connect to the FICS Chess Server. These programs usually contain many features. Normally,
they provide the user the full range of FICS' capabilities, plus many other added functions specific to
each individual program. Connecting via one of these programs is the preferred method for connecting
to FICS, as they usually provide the most feature rich user experience.

To connect to the FICS Chess Sever via an interface program or app, you first download the desired
program or app onto your computer or mobile device. Next, you install the program or app on your
computer or device. Lastly, you run the installed program or app, and its help section and dialogs
will guide you on its use. Most of these interface programs and apps can save your username and
password, so that you only have to enter them into the program once.

Choosing an Interface Program or App

Choosing an interface program or app is an important decision to make. Which is the best one for you,
for playing chess on FICS? The answer will depend on your preferences and use patterns (time controls,
variants played, etc.), and on which type of device you're using (computer or mobile device).

To decide which interface or app best fits your needs, you'll want to try out several of them. Many of
the available interface programs and apps are free, or have a free version, making it easy to give lots
of them a try. The following chart compares the most popular ones. For older interfaces which might be
more of historical interest, you can check this list.

Interface/App Comparison Chart

Interface/Feature BabasChess Chess for Android Raptor eboard Diamond Chess Online Jin Thief WinBoard/XBoard iNemesis Mobialia
Variant Support All No All Partial Partial Partial All All All ?
Engine Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Autosave Game Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes ?
Premove Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Smart Move Yes No Yes No No No Yes No No No
Sought Graph Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes ?
Multiple Boards Yes No Yes Yes Yes 2 Yes No Yes No
Piece Sets 21 9 15 1 9 22 45 1 41 5
Custom Events Yes No Yes Yes No No 54 16 No No
Custom Buttons Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No Yes No
Custom Right Click Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes No No
Platforms/Operating Systems Windows Android Windows, OS X 10.4-10.6 , Linux (Java) Linux/ Unix/BSD iOS, Mac, Android Windows, OS X, Linux (Java) Windows Windows, Linux Windows Android
Current Version 4.0 6.4 98u3f5 1.1.2 Platform dependant 2.14.1 1.25 4.9.1 5.0 5.4.0
Homepage BabasChess Chess for Android Raptor eboard Diamond Chess Jin Thief WinBoard/ XBoard iNemesis Mobialia
Active Development No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Source available No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Price Freeware Freeware Freeware Freeware Freeware Freeware Freeware Freeware Freeware Free/Pay

One Last Thought

Connecting to the FICS Chess Server is really quite easy to do. Once you're all set, you can get
connected in just a couple of seconds. There are so many interface programs and apps available that
work with FICS, we simply couldn't include them all on this page. If you'd like a complete list of all
known interface programs and apps that work with FICS, please write to support@freechess.org. If you
have any problems getting connected, please do write to us. We've helped thousands of users get
connected, and we'd be glad to provide whatever assistance we can.


Last updated: January 30, 2022