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Generate diceware wordlists.

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Create and check wordlists for use with diceware.

This is not a diceware implementation, but a helper to create appropriate wordlists.

Currently, we provide three scripts:

  • diceware-list create wordlists based on input lists
  • wlflakes checks existing wordlists for flaws
  • wldownload downloads Android wordlists


Install latest release from pypi

(venv) $ pip install diceware-list

or clone repository from github:

$ git clone

Please consider using virtualenv for deployment.

In an active virtualenv you can install an executable script of diceware-list running:

(venv) $ python install
(venv) $ diceware-list --help
usage: diceware-list [-h] [-l LENGTH] [-n] [--ascii] [-d SIDES] [-k]
                     [--use-416] [-p {none,short,long}] [-v] [--version]
                     DICTFILE [DICTFILE ...]

Create Wordlists: diceware-list

The diceware-list script creates new lists out of given ones:

$ diceware-list -n -l 7776 /usr/share/dict/words
11111 a
11112 a's
12353 capt
12354 cara
12355 carl
66663 zoos
66664 éclat
66665 élan
66666 épée

The main target of diceware-list is to provide “good” wordlists. Wordlists are considered “good” if they

  • contain enough terms for use with a certain diceware application (for instance 6^6 = 7776 terms if used with six six-sided dice)
  • contain terms as short as possible (to reduce typing)
  • (optionally) contain no words with non-ASCII chars (to enable use with non-localized keyboards)
  • (optionally) are a prefix code, i.e. no complete word in the list is prefix of another word in the list.
  • contain no offending terms

The last topic is hard to solve technically (hints welcome!), but diceware-list can help to follow the other design rules.

The wordlists generated by diceware-list are not meant to be kept secret. You might put them on the internet, publish on facebook or print them in the New York Times. Instead the security of the diceware technique relies on the entropy or (in this case) “randomness” of your dice, computer, etc.

In other words: Your passphrases will not be safe because of hiding your wordlist. They will be safe because there are so many possible combinations of words you can pick from your wordlist. That means: longer lists are more secure than shorter ones (if really used to full extent by your source of randomness with diceware), but hidden lists are not more secure than public ones.


First, you need a file with words as “dictionary”. On typical Debian systems such files can be found in /usr/share/dicts/.

This file can then be fed to diceware-list to create a wordlist suitable for use with diceware.:

$ diceware-list /usr/share/dict/words

By default all input words are filtered and output. Using the -l option you can request a certain length of the output wordlist. If an input list provides more terms than needed, we will pick a subset. If there are not enough terms in the input list, an error is raised.

With -n you can tell diceware-list to put numbers into each line, representing dice throws [1]

$ diceware_list -n -l 7776 /usr/share/dict/words
11111 !
11112 !!
12353 alan
12354 alana
12355 alar
66665 zzz
66666 zzzz

If you create a wordlist for use with non-standard dice, for instance for 10-sided dice, then you can tell with -d like this:

$ diceware_list -n -d 10 -l 10000 /usr/share/dict/words
1-1-1-1 aol
1-1-1-2 aachen
1-1-1-3 aaron
10-10-10-8 zoomed
10-10-10-9 zooms
10-10-10-10 zoos

The –ascii option filters terms out, that contain non-ASCII characters. This can help in generating non-english word lists that are usable with regular english keyboards.

The verbose option –verbose can be given multiple times to increase verbosity.

See –help for other options.

diceware-list follows loosely the recommendations given on by Mr. Reinhold.

Check wordlists: wlflakes

Find flakes in wordlists.

$ wlflakes mywordlist.txt

No output means: no problems detected.

Currently, only prefix flakes are checked. I.e., we check, whether any line in the given file is the beginning of any other line.


$ cat wordlist.txt air port airport

$ wlflakes wordlist.txt wordlist.txt:3: E1 “air” from line 1 is a prefix of “airport”

Also wlflakes supports --help or -h to list all options supported.

Handle Android wordlists: wldownload

Android wordlists are a nice source for wordlists. They can be downloaded from public repositories:

$ wldownload --raw -v
Starting download of Android wordlist file.
Fetching wordlist from

wldownload downloads these lists and helps to transform them into lists usable for diceware. Be aware, that terms from lists are output on stdout by default (and Android wordlists contain easily more than 100,000 terms):

$ wldownload > mylist
$ cat mylist

Terms are output on stdout by default (use shell redirects or --outfile to change that behaviour).

You can request non-english wordlists using --lang or -l with a language code like cs or de. Use --lang-codes to list all supported language codes.

The --no-offensive flag suppresses terms marked as possibly offensive.


In a clone of the sources you can run tests like this:

(venv) $ python test

This command will download all required packages, especially py.test.

You can also install py.test manually with pip:

(venv)$ pip install pytest
(venv)$ pip install -e .

and afterwards run tests like so:

(venv)$ py.test

If you also install tox:

(venv)$ pip install tox

then you can run all tests for all supported platforms at once:

(venv)$ tox


To get a coverage report, you can use the respective tox target:

(venv)$ tox -e cov

Or you use the common coverage tool:

(venv)$ pip install coverage
(venv)$ coverage run test
(venv)$ coverage report --include=","
[1]The wordlist length in this case should be (number-of-sides-per-dice) powered to (number-of-dicethrows), for instance 6**5 = 7776 for five six-sided dice or a single six-sided dice thrown five times.


2.0 (2018-01-23)

  • Add new wldownload command. This is a tool for handling Android wordlists (download, uncompress, parse).
  • Add new wlflakes command. This is a tool for checking existing wordlists for consistency, cryptoflakes, etc.
  • The diceware-list option -l contains no default any more. If the option is not set, all suitable terms are output.

1.0 (2017-02-09)

  • The dicewarekit.txt list is not included in generated lists by default from now on. You can request inclusion with new option use-kit. The old option no-kit is not supported any more.
  • In numbered output, separate digits by - to distinguish numbers with more than one digit. Needed at least when generating wordlists for dice with more than 9 sides.
  • Rename -s option to -d (as in dice-sides).
  • Logging output now registered under name libwordlist.
  • Added new module libwordlist containing the API parts of diceware-list.
  • New –version option.
  • New –prefix option. If set prefix code is generated, i.e. lists that contain no item which is prefix of another list item.
  • Claim support for Python 3.6.
  • Restructure package: all single scripts are now part of a package.

0.3 (2016-07-25)

  • Install script as diceware-list instead of diceware_list.
  • Allow –sides option to support dice that do not have six sides.

0.2 (2016-03-18)

  • Allow -v option multiple times for increased verbosity.
  • Pick maximum width terms randomly. Until that change we included all shorter entries and additionally the (alphabetically) first entries of maximum width. Now, we pick a random set of these maximum width entries for the result list.
  • Claim support for Python 3.5.

0.1 (2016-02-09)

  • Initial release.

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