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A crossword generator


Genxword is a crossword generator written in Python. It works with Python 2.7 and Python 3.

There are two versions, genxword-gtk, which has a graphical user interface, and genxword, which runs from the command line.

Both versions create a crossword from a list of words and clues. You can save the crossword, with clues, as a pdf file, or you can save the empty grid and key in png and/or svg format, together with the word bank and clues in a text file.


  • The crossword can be saved, with clues, as a pdf file, or the empty grid and key can be saved in png and/or svg format, together with the word bank and clues in a text file.
  • The crossword can be recalculated multiple times - with the option to increase the grid size at each stage.
  • A dictionary file can be used as the word list. A certain amount of words (default 50) will be randomly selected from the file and used to make the crossword.
  • When editing the word list, there is an option to sort it, from the shortest to the longest word, and remove non-alphabetic characters.
  • Multiple languages, including right-to-left languages, such as Hebrew and Arabic, are now supported.


Please read the wiki for information about how to use genxword.


To install genxword for Python 3:

pip3 install genxword

To install genxword for Python 2.7:

pip install genxword


Genxword depends on pycairo (python-cairo), pygobject (python-gobject or python-gi), python-gi-cairo (if you are using a Debian-based system), pango (gir1.2-pango-1.0) and gtksourceview3 (gir1.2-gtksource-3.0).

Windows users can download these dependencies from here When installing python-gobject, you also need to install gtk3, pango, gdk-pixbuf and gtksourceview3.


This program has been developed by David Whitlock, and it is based on a program originally written by Bryan Helmig.

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