Thank you for your review
Email me when discounted: 
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.

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 patterns from the clipboard. 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

To leave a comment, you need to be logged in.
Sort by: Time | Smiles
5 3


Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 11,150
Version Downloads 398
Type Games / Simulation
License Free
Date 11 Dec 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
download install download install purchase