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A free crossword editor

Project Description

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).

- XFP (
- ipuz (

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:
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