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palabra 0.1.7

A free crossword editor


Palabra is a crossword editor with a focus on professional crossword development. Palabra is written in Python and C. It is free software and it is licensed under the GNU General Public License, version 3 or any later version.


  • Python 2.6
  • PyGTK 2.14
  • lxml package, also known as python-lxml in repositories. It can also be found here:
  • python-dev from the repositories.

Palabra should work with the above versions of the software packages but they may need to be refined further (please contact me).

How to install/run

  • In the directory of Palabra, run the following command:

    python build

  • You can now install Palabra using:

    python install

  • After that, you can run palabra using:


If you have trouble installing and you get errors about missing distribution options, try upgrading the setup script with:

sudo python -U setuptools

For the latest installation instructions, visit:

Getting started

Placing a block:
  • Left-click on a cell and press '.', or
  • Hold SHIFT and left-click on a cell
Removing a block:
  • Hold SHIFT and right-click on a cell
Change typing direction:
  • Press TAB.
Entering a character in a cell:
  • Left-click on the cell and type the character.
Move the selection to a nearby cell:
  • Use the ARROW KEYS for left, right, up, and down.
Deleting a character:
  • Left-click on a cell and press BACKSPACE or DELETE.
  • You can also press BACKSPACE repeatedly to remove the whole slot.
Jump to the first cell of a slot:
  • Press HOME.
Jump to the last cell of a slot:
  • Press END.

File formats

Palabra supports the file formats XPF and ipuz (experimental).

ipuz is a trademark of Puzzazz, Inc., used with permission.

Note: All information can currently be saved with XPF while not all information (such as explanations for clues) can currently be saved with ipuz.



For bugs/comments, see Development below.


Development takes place at:

For reporting issues and requesting features:
File Type Py Version Uploaded on Size
palabra-0.1.7.tar.gz (md5) Source 2011-06-03 119KB
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