GOWrite 2 is a full-featured SGF viewer, editor and publishing tool for game of Go.
known in Japan as go(囲碁), in China as weichi(围棋), and in Korean as baduk(바둑).
GOWrite 2 special strengths are in publication creation.
See the Fact sheet
for list of features.
GOWrite 2 is freeware.
Now there is also Hactar go for SGF recording, review, playing and search in Android!
Japanese users: Please see
日本語 mail-go pages
for GOWrite and mail go information.
If you are really busy
GOWrite 2 2.3.44
is available now.
The 2.3 versions add new features and offers improvements to publication work.
Version offers all GOWrite 1.4 features and includes also lots of new features.
Sometimes development versions are available, see download page for current status.
Development version contains features and bug fixes not present in stable version,
but it has not been completely tested, and may fail in unexpected ways.
If you find any problems in either version, please let me know
Version in your own language?
GOWrite is localized for few languages. If your language is missing, you could create it!
Creating new localization is not so difficult,
everything needed is included in normal GOWrite installation.
Also improving partial translation is easy.
GOWrite 2 Requirements
In order to work reasonably, GOwrite 2 2.3 requires at least following:
- Pentium II at 1GHz or equivalent processor,
- Screen resolution 800x600 for SGF viewing, 1024x800 for publishing work,
- 256 or more screen colors
- Java Runtime environment (JRE) 1.5 or later. (Version 2.2 works with Java 1.4)
Particular JRE's may have additional requirements in some environments.
GOWrite 2 is freeware. If you want to support GOWrite work,
feel free send me some go-related material, preferably something you have made yourself.
If you create materal using GOWrite, please send me a copy (or link) if possible.
This way I know how GOWrite is actually used.
If you have any problems or any other license needs, please see
If you want to combine GOWrite 2 with something else (for example to include it into CD),
please let me know. Knowing the version in CD helps me if people having the CD ask for help.
By now there are lots of people, who have helped in making GOWrite what it is now.
I would especially like to thank the following persons who have helped:
- Vesa Laatikainen, who has suffered all the really serious bugs.
- Tadashi Kiyonaga, who has actively helped to distribute GOWrite.
- Stéphane Fouchereau for creating French translation.
- Simon Gemel for creating German translation.
- István Albrecht for creating Hungarian translation.
Feedback Any feedback is most welcome.
Trademark Notice Java and Java-related are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun.
Windows and MSWord is are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft inc.
GOWrite is trademark of Lauri Paatero.