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Gcompris logo (2016).svg
Gcompris 0.61 screenshot.png
Original author(s) Bruno Coudoin
Developer(s) KDE, Johnny Jazeix (maintainer)
Initial release 2000; 22 years ago (2000)
Stable release
1.0 / 19 November 2020; 2 years ago (2020-11-19)
Written in
Operating system Android, BSD, Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows
  • legacy: GTK+
  • current: Qt
Available in more than 50 languages
Type Educational entertainment, Educational software
License GNU General Public License

GCompris is a software suite comprising educational entertainment software for children aged 2 to 10. GCompris was originally written in C and Python using the GTK+ widget toolkit, but a rewrite in C++ and QML using the Qt widget toolkit is since early 2014 in process. GCompris is free and open-source software subject to the requirements of the GNU General Public License version 3 and has been part of the GNU project.

The name GCompris is a pun, in the French language is pronounced the same as the phrase "I have understood", J'ai compris.

It is available for Linux, BSD, macOS, Windows and Android. While binaries compiled for Microsoft Windows and macOS were initially distributed with a restricted number of activities and a small fee was required to unlock all the activities, since February 2020 the full version is entirely free for all platforms.


At the time of writing GCompris comprised more than 130 games, called "activities". These are bundled into the following groups:

GCompris V15.02 Main Menu
Screenshot of Main Menu of Gcompris V15.02.
  • Computer discovery: keyboard, mouse, different mouse gestures
  • Numeracy: table memory, enumeration, double entry table, mirror images
  • Science: the canal lock, the water cycle, the submarine, electric simulations
  • Geography: place the country on the map
  • Games: chess, memory, connect 4, oware, sudoku
  • Reading: reading practice
  • Other: learn to tell time, puzzle of famous paintings, vector drawing, cartoon making

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