Thank you for your review
Email me when discounted: 
Golly is an open source, cross-platform Game of Life simulator currently under development by Andrew Trevorrow and Tomas Rokicki. Our goal is to write a world-class Life simulator, solicit ideas and help from the planet's best Life hackers, and share some of our excitement.

Golly's key features:

  • Unbounded universe (limited only by memory).
  • Fast, memory-efficient conventional algorithm.
  • Super fast hashing algorithm for highly regular patterns.
  • Responsive even while generating or garbage collecting.
  • Reads RLE, Life 1.05/1.06, and macrocell formats.
  • Can paste in more...

What's New

Version 2.6:
  • Fixed menu problems on Ubuntu when using Unity.
  • Fixed a nasty bug that could cause Golly to crash when doing a paste.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the paste image to disappear after a flip/rotate.
  • Fixed bugs in Mac app caused by non-ASCII characters in some file paths.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented Golly starting up on OS X 10.9.
  • Tool bar more...


  • OS X 10.6 or later

Similar Software

Open Comparison
Suggest Other Similar Software
Leave a Review

Golly User Discussion

Nobody has reviewed or commented on this app yet. Add your own comment and get a discussion going!
Sort by: Time | Smiles
Intellect Inside Member IconComment+61
Intellect Inside

It would be nice if the description said "Conway's Game of Life" instead of simply "Game of Life," which is a board game by Milton-Bradley. I came in here, saw the screenshot, and thought "WTF?"

Reply0 replies
Version 2.4
Peter da Silva Member IconComment+94
Peter da Silva

Can't wait until this is combined with GPUlife to use OpenGL shader programs to handle subregions. :) :) :) :)

Reply0 replies
Version 1.2
versanick Member IconReview+0

Excellently executed. Free. Very comparable to high-end Windows available Game programs. Conway's Game of Life is amazing. For those who don't know, a grid, including squares which are either, we'll say, 'on' or 'off', governed by only the rule that if there are either 2 or 3 'on' squares touching a square (aka adjacent above, left, right, or below, and up-right, up-left, down-right, down-left), that square will be 'on' during the next discrete time step.

So in timestep 1 (we'll call it 1 instead of 0) two squares start out 'on', separated by a space between then. In the next time step, that space in between them will be 'on', and the two original squares (and all others over the entire grid) will be 'off'. A few other sets of rules other than the 2-3 rule can work, but surprisingly few sets of rules produce such interesting results as the 2-3 rule. Without going into any more detail, this program is at least worth a look if you're at all interested in what this is about.

The only thing I'd like to find is a universal Turing Machine. It is said that anything in known existence (and unkown) can be realized by this machine. Anything that could possibly be calculated by the mind, or computer, or entities unkown to humans.. it really is something to behold.

Great job with this program. Worthwhile if you're a College professor or student in higher math, as Conway's Game of Life will surely be something that you'll come across. Other reasons it could be so worthwile have not all been realized yet.

Reply1 reply
Version 0.95


Anonymous Member IconReview

Nice work, guys. Thanks for your generosity.

Reply0 replies
Version 0.91
user icon+84
Version 2.5
> 5 3


Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 11,053
Version Downloads 301
Type Games / Simulation
License Free
Date 11 Dec 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
Learn how MacUpdate Desktop makes installing apps from MacUpdate.com one-click easy.
Next time, install Golly with 1-click

Learn how MacUpdate Desktop can install apps on MacUpdate with the simple click of the Install apps with MacUpdate Desktop icon. Plus, keep all your apps updated. Play video...