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Frets on Fire is a game of musical skill and fast fingers. The aim of the game is to play guitar with the keyboard as accurately as possible.


  • Unique inverted keyboard gameplay style
  • Support for guitar controllers and generic joysticks
  • Includes a song editor for making your own tunes
  • Submit your scores to the World Charts
  • Hundreds of songs composed by the community
  • Supports importing Guitar Hero™ I and Guitar Hero™ II songs
  • Multiplatform; runs on Windows™, Linux®, Mac OS X™ and more...

What's New

Version 1.3.110:

This is a minor maintenance release of Frets on Fire. Various bugs were fixed and some performance improvements were made throughout the game. Most notably, Mac OS X support was brought up to date.

  • Wrote concise instructions for building and installing the game.
  • Removed runtime SVG support. All images must be pre-rasterized as PNG graphics now. This also more...


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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staticwolf Member IconComment+0

I have an Intel dual-quad-core Mac Pro running OS X 10.5.6 and version 1.3.110 of Frets on Fire will not play: past the menu screens is nothing but a dark screen until it crashes. I don't know if it's the version update of Frets or OS X but it doesn't work.

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Version 1.3.110
Hubbin Member IconReview+8

Quits immediately after I double-click the app on Intel Tiger. Not even an error message. Oops.

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Version 1.3.110
iXion Member IconComment+0

FoF just does'nt run!!! why??
I have a mac osx 10.3.9 (power pc g5)

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Version 1.2.451
dementionX Member IconComment+0

I have a Mac Mini, it doesn't work at all. The screen stays black

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Version 1.2.451
speleo Member IconComment+0

I can't seem to get this to work on my MB Pro, leopard. Did the font switch and it still just stays at black screen.

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Version 1.2.451
Jake is the man

yes u had the same problem? why does it do that
i am going to download it on my g5 and see if it works on that thanks jake

bedouin Member IconComment+95

This is weak. Had to SSH in from another machine to kill -9 it. Lucky thing I had SSH enabled or else I would've had to reboot and lose a Word document I was working on.

This was on a PPC Mac, by the way.

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Version 1.2.451
CobraClutch Member IconComment+0

1.2.438 still not working on PPC (for me anyways). And yes, I tried the font workaround. I just get a black screen and I have to push return to get out of it.

I'm really looking forward to being able to play this. Thanks.

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Version 1.2.438
kolis Member IconComment+0

Willop23, it does work. I've tested it on my G5 Powermac. Use the instructions from http://www.fretsonfire.net/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=3;t=2184;r=1


Then in the Applications folder, right click "Frets On Fire" and select "Show Package Contents".
From the new window, browse to Contents/Resources/data, then select default.ttf and do File->Duplicate.
Next, in another Finder window, navigate to /Library/Fonts (not in your home directory, but from your hard drive root), copy Chalkboard.tff and paste it into the other Finder's directory.
Rename that new Chalkboard.tff to default.ttf, and you're done!

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Version 1.1.324
Willop23 Member IconComment+0

I tried that, didn't work. Why would changing the font file make it run on PPC's?

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Version 1.1.324
mswfujowdffyc Member IconReview+0

Really well implemented and very slick, and yes it needs to say an intel mac is required but the game as a whole is perfectly done. Only comes with 3 songs (though they are pretty good) but you can download more.

Plus, the keyboard makes a decent (though dorky) guitar substitute.

Overall, perfectly does what it means to do and looks pretty good to boot.

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Downloads 26,541
Version Downloads 8,181
Type Games / Arcade
License Free
Date 21 Nov 2008
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price Free