Skip-Bo as Web version
There is no need to install Skip-Bo, it is a small program which can
be run directly in a Web Browser.
I have been able to run the game on Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and
Chromium, and on three operating systems: Linux, Windows and Mac (which does
not exclude other browsers or operating systems).
To launch the game, you must authorize the "Applets" execution in the
security options. It is also necessary that a "Java" plug-in is available
for your browser. This plugin can be easily downloaded from the
site. You may be confident with this installation.
Just a remark: do not confuse the Java plugin mentioned above with the
automatically included in all browsers, because most web sites use it to
danger for you, you might not dare to disable it, otherwise browsing the
internet would be almost impossible.
Skip-Bo as web version stores your settings (language, game's level, etc.)
in small files called "cookies" on your hard disk. In fact, Skip-Bo doesn't
really do it itself, but asks the browser to do it for it. In this way you
will find your preferred settings the next time you come on the site. You
can see the Skip-Bo's cookies. For example, with Firefox : Menu "Edit =>
Settings => Privacy". Then, clic on the "Show cookies..." button and search
for the address anisor.ch.
Skip-Bo as installable version
Skip-Bo also exists as an installable version, which advantage is to preserve
more easily your preferences for the next time, and, of course, to avoid an
Internet connection and to be more quickly loaded. This version is identical
to the one which runs in a Web Browser. Only the container (the display
window), and the storage mode of the user's preferences ("cookie" or file)
If the browser is blocking the Skip-Bo
Since the 2013 version of Java (Java 7 Update 51), some new problems may
arise at the Skip-Bo launch, due to some security rules enforcements. You
will find more information about this on
In short, the new versions of Java require now that an application like
the Skip-Bo be electronically signed and authentified by certain authorities.
In the past this certification was optional, but now it becomes almost
mandatory, and without it some browsers may block the execution. In this
case the user may be obliged to handle with some complicated parameters
to configure an exception.
All this seems exagerated to me, because the Skip-Bo did never need to have
access to your hard disk. It would have been enough that this stay
forbidden like in the past. Instead of it, the certification brings many more
problems. First, the certification is not free of charge. Then, more
annoying, it becomes impossible afterwards to enhance the program or correct
a bug, because it would require to restart the whole process to obtain a new
certification. Which to me is very restrictive.
I have not already decided what to do yet. I may try to obtain a certificate
from an "Open Source" community. Or maybe I will publish the installable
(downloadable) version of the Skip-Bo. But this one would also require
some more work from myself because I would have to update it...
In the meanwhile, if your browser is blocking the Skip-Bo, I suggest you to
read for example
which will show you how to configure your security settings. On Linux, though,
I think that these options cannot be found in the system settings. Instead of
it, you will find a program named "ControlPanel" in the Java installation
directory. Unfortunately, if you did the Java installation with a
superuser account, this will not work because you will not be superuser when
you will launch your browser (or at least you should not be). So most
likely you will have to manually edit the file
"/home/your-name/.java/deployment/security/exception.sites", and simply add
a line with the name of the site, "http://www.anisor.ch" (unquoted).