GoDraw Development


GoDraw V 6.5.1 is available for general use, as from its release date of 27/10/23.

Version 6.5.1 corrects an error when entering a long player Name or Note which cold cause GoDraw to go into an unusable state. Please see further details of this in the Bug Fix section for 6.5.1 below.

Player List is the latest list of known players. Please download the player list separately if you are downloading GoDraw V 6.5.1 more than a few days after the release date. It is best to save the file without opening it in the browser - as some might change the formatting.

The current GoPlayers.gdi file is updated regularly, and replaces the one issued with the program. Its location is the same as the installed location of GoDraw. This will be C:\GoDrawSys (the default in Windows XP), or C:\Users\Public\GodrawSys (default in Windows10).

Please ensure that the downloaded file has the correct name and extension (GoPlayers.gdi), as some browsers might append (.html). When you re-run GoDraw, newly-entered players will have names, grades and clubs as up-to-date as at the most recent tournament.


If this is your first use of GoDraw, or you have been having problems installing or running in Windows 10, then please have a look at the Install page.

Install The installation procedure for all Windows.
Download GoDrawV6.5.1 for Windows XP.
Download GoDrawV6.5.1-U for Windows 10.

Some users have experienced issues regarding installation in Windows 10. There has also been some problem loading a registration text file with incompatible Windows format into GoDraw. These issues along with solutions are documented in the Install page.


Linux users are able to run GoDraw in Wine. The GoDraw-Wine software provides utilities making it easy to run GoDraw in a Linux system, once you have installed Wine. It is available as a tar file, and comes with the GoDraw-Wine manual.

GoDraw-Wine is the software collection.
GoDraw-Wine manual describes how to install and use GoDraw-Wine.

In a nutshell, wine is a program run from the command line in a Linux system. The command: wine GoDraw.exe produces the GoDraw window familiar to Windows users.

I am grateful to John Collins for pioneering running GoDraw in Wine on an Ubuntu distribution. I have tested the scripts included in GoDraw-Wine on the Debian distribution and am running GoDraw in Wine regularly.


Online Manual Includes a quick tour of Godraw.
Download Club Names File of club codes and names.

Please see the Introduction and Quick Tour sections of the Online Manual to get a fast overview of the system. The manual is included in the download file. There is also extensive on screen help in GoDraw when running in XP.

If you have any issues concerning GoDraw, please contact draw-program at britgo dot org


The source for the latest version of GoDraw is now available as a .zip file: GoDraw-Source-651.zip
It is released under the GNU General Public Licence(included in the zip file). Also included is a brief outline of the code and future development.

BUG FIX IMPLEMENTED in version 6.5.1 released on 27/10/23:

A player name is limited to a size of 47 characters. Anything entered above this limit is truncated and the last three characters of the name are replaced by XXX. Note that for some purposes display also truncates text and appends ... This does not affect the stored text.

The Note field in GoDraw is meant for short notes relevant to the pairing, and is restricted to 16 chracters. Again excessively long text here is truncated with the last three characters replaced by YYY.

You can view past improvements and bug fixes in a separate page.

Last updated Wed Nov 08 2023.
If you have any comments, please email the webmaster on web-master AT britgo DOT org.