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Mzinga is a collection of open-source software to play the board game Hive, with the primary goal of building a community of developers who create Hive-playing AIs.

To that end, Mzinga proposes a Universal Hive Protocol to support interoperability for Hive-playing software.

For more information, please check out the Mzinga Wiki.


Mzinga was written in C# and should run anywhere that supports .NET 5.0. It has been officially tested on:

  • Windows 10
  • Ubuntu 20.04
  • macOS 10.15


The Windows release provides self-contained x86/x64 binaries which run on Windows 7 SP1+, 8.1, and 10.

  1. Download the latest Windows zip file ( or from
  2. Extract the zip file

Note: If you're unsure which version to download, try first. Most modern PCs are 64-Bit.


The MacOS release provides self-contained x64 binaries which run on OSX >= 10.13.

  1. Download the latest MacOS tar.gz file (Mzinga.MacOS.tar.gz) from
  2. Extract the tar.gz file


The Linux release provides self-contained x64 binaries which run on many Linux distributions.

  1. Download the latest Linux tar.gz file (Mzinga.Linux.tar.gz) from
  2. Extract the tar.gz file


The Portable release provides loose, framework-dependent .NET 5 binaries.

  1. Install the latest .NET Runtime
  2. Download the latest Portable zip file ( from
  3. Extract the zip file


Mzinga is composed of two main projects, the Engine and the Viewer.


MzingaEngine is a command-line application through which you can play a game of Hive. It accepts input commands and outputs results according to the specifications of the Universal Hive Protocol.


MzingaViewer is a graphical application which can drive the MzingaEngine (or any other engine that implements the specifications of the Universal Hive Protocol).

MzingaViewer is not meant to be graphically impressive or compete with commercial versions of Hive, but rather be a ready-made UI for developers who'd rather focus their time on building a compatible engine and AI.

Other Projects


MzingaPerft is a command-line utility for measuring Mzinga's performance by running Perft.


MzingaTest is a library that contains unit tests for Mzinga.


MzingaTrainer is a command-line utility with the goal to improve Mzinga's AI. Through it you can generate randomized AI profiles and execute AI vs. AI battles.


If you want to build Mzinga yourself, see Building Mzinga on the Mzinga Wiki.


Hive Copyright (c) 2016 Gen42 Games. Mzinga is in no way associated with or endorsed by Gen42 Games.

Mzinga Copyright (c) 2015-2021 Jon Thysell.

Avalonia Copyright (c) .NET Foundation and Contributors.

MVVM Light Toolkit Copyright (c) 2009-2018 Laurent Bugnion.