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  • June 3, 2011: Palabra 0.1.7 has been released! Please look at the CHANGES file (see below) for the latest changes.
  • May 18, 2011: The accidental words dialog is not working properly in Palabra 0.1.6. This has been fixed in Palabra 0.1.7.
  • May 17, 2011: Palabra 0.1.6 has been released! If you have problems installing, read the instructions below.
  • April 21, 2011: To install Palabra 0.1.5 you also need to install python-dev from a repository. If you receive an error about missing distribution options then upgrade your setuptools (a Python way of distributing a program) by running sudo python -U setuptools.
  • April 21, 2011: In Palabra 0.1.5 there is a known issue with highlighting words that causes blocks to disappear. This has been fixed in Palabra 0.1.6 (in development).
  • April 19, 2011: Palabra 0.1.5 has been released. If you're running Ubuntu (or similar) then:
    • Go to and download palabra-0.1.5.tar.gz.
    • You'll also need to install python-lxml from a repository (or from
    • Unzip the contents of palabra-0.1.5.tar.gz somewhere
    • Open a terminal window, go to that directory and install using: python build and sudo python install.
    • You can then run the program from anywhere using palabra.
    • Please let me know here if you have any problems with installing, if you have found any bugs or have suggestions for improvement. Thanks! :)
  • June 13, 2010: Palabra 0.1.4 publicly announced

For release history, see


Palabra is a free crossword editor.

For more details, see the README ( ).


Palabra 0.1.7 - Main Window

Main window of Palabra 0.1.7

Palabra 0.1.4 - New Puzzle Window

New puzzle window of Palabra 0.1.4

Palabra 0.1.4 - Puzzle Properties Window

Properties window of Palabra 0.1.4


Note: this manual was written for Palabra 0.1 and may need to be updated.