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golly 4.2

Software for exploring cellular automata

Golly simulates Conway's Game of Life and many other types of cellular automata. The following features are available:

  1. Support for bounded and unbounded universes, with cells of up to 256 states.

  2. Support for multiple algorithms, including Bill Gosper's Hashlife algorithm.

  3. Loading patterns from BMP, PNG, GIF and TIFF image files.

  4. Reading RLE, macrocell, Life 1.05/1.06, dblife and MCell files.

  5. Scriptable via Lua or Python.

  6. Extracting patterns, rules and scripts from zip files.

  7. Downloading patterns, rules and scripts from online archives.

  8. Pasting patterns from the clipboard.

  9. Unlimited undo/redo.

  10. Configurable keyboard shortcuts.

  11. Auto fit option to keep patterns within the view.


Install golly 4.2 as follows:

guix install golly@4.2

Or install the latest version:

guix install golly

You can also install packages in augmented, pure or containerized environments for development or simply to try them out without polluting your user profile. See the guix shell documentation for more information.