Schism Tracker screenshots

Schism Tracker is a free reimplementation of Impulse Tracker, a program used to create high quality music without the requirements of specialized, expensive equipment, and with a unique "finger feel" that is difficult to replicate in part. The player is based on a highly modified version of the Modplug engine, with a number of bugfixes and changes to improve IT playback.

Where Impulse Tracker was limited to i386-based systems running MS-DOS, Schism Tracker runs on almost any platform that SDL supports, and has been successfully built for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, FreeBSD, AmigaOS, BeOS, and even the Wii. Most development is currently done on 64-bit Linux. Schism will most likely build on any architecture supported by GCC4 (e.g. alpha, m68k, arm, etc.) but it will probably not be as well-optimized on many systems.


Storlek's packages are built from the source snapshot, so the date updated for the snapshot applies for the other packages as well.

Mercurial snapshot
Straight from the repository

Source tar.bz2
Updated 05 January 2012

Windows build – 20141103
Contributed by JosepMa

Mac OS X universal build
Built by Storlek; should work on ≥ 10.4

Linux i686 build
Built by Storlek

FreeBSD port
Port by ehaupt

Gentoo ebuild
Based on Mercurial default branch

Raspberry Pi build (Pi Store)
Built by Davespice

Wii build – 20110101; no longer supported
Built by Storlek; see also the Wiibrew page

Pandora build
Built by Stuckie from 18 June 2010 repository


The bleeding-edge current source can be downloaded with Mercurial:

hg clone schismtracker

Those interested in development can also point a web browser at the repository to browse the source tree, change logs, etc.

You might also want to peruse the build notes for Linux or Mac OS X.


For merely running the program, the above packages should be all you need. If you are building from source, you will need the following:

See also