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Release 20190909

The most recent version of Qxw is release 20190909.

What’s new?

The principal new features in this release compared to release 20140331 are as follows:

  • Extensive support for non-Roman scripts and special symbols, including in answer treatments and plug-ins
  • Multiplex lights
  • Crossword Compiler XML export; experimental .SYM, .SYT import
  • Decks (non-interactive access to the filler)
  • On-line look-up of words from the feasible list
  • Ban words from the fill
  • Dictionary statistics and analysis
  • Improved grid editing, including insertion and deletion of rows and columns
  • Edit light contents in one step
  • Klein bottle and projective plane grid topologies
  • Circles in the background of cells
  • Sequential numbering of cells in a free light
  • Bug fixes and minor cosmetic changes

Many thanks are once again due to Peter Flippant for porting Qxw to Windows, and to the beta testers, in particular Nick Warne, for their assistance.


Making crosswords with Qxw (PDF, about 1.3 Mbyte). A version of this manual is included in the Windows download.

Download Qxw-20190909 for Linux

If you are using a Debian or derived distribution such as Ubuntu or Mint on a 64-bit x86 machine (‘amd64’ architecture, suitable for both Intel and AMD processors despite the name), you can install this package: qxw_20190909-1_amd64.deb (about 260 kbyte). This package is tested under Xubuntu 18.04. If you are using a 32-bit x86 machine (‘i386’ architecture, again for both Intel and AMD processors), you should use qxw_20190909-1_i386.deb (about 255 kbyte). This package is not tested.

Many systems are set up so that simply clicking on one of these links will take you through the installation process. If that doesn’t work, download the appropriate file and run the commands:

sudo apt-get install gdebi
sudo gdebi qxw_20190909-1_amd64.deb

replacing ‘amd64’ with ‘i386’ if necessary.

Alternatively, you can download a 64-bit x86 binary (about 320 kbyte) or a 32-bit x86 binary (about 320 kbyte). These archives each contain an ELF executable plus some examples.

Further installation options are available for some earlier releases of Qxw: see below.

Download Qxw-20190909 for Windows

If you are using Windows 7 or later double-clicking on the following link should take you through the installation of Qxw: QxwSetup-20190909.exe (about 20 Mbyte). You may have to answer some ‘Are you sure?’ questions, which are a security feature of the most recent versions of Windows. After installation you should see a desktop icon that launches the program and one that opens the manual. The program also associates itself with files whose names end in ‘.qxw’, the conventional extension for its saved crosswords.

For Windows-specific questions (for example, relating to installation problems), please write to qxw hyphen windows at quinapalus dot com.

Source code

The source code for this release (which ordinary users will not normally need) is available.

Additional source code for the Windows version:

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The 18+ UKACD dictionary file (gzip’ped, about 800 kbyte). This is a version of UKACD18 with the bowdlerisations from UKACD17 undone and some errors corrected. This dictionary is included in the Windows download. The original versions of UKACD17 and UKACD18 are also available. Licensing information.

If the UKACD is not a suitable dictionary for your application, you may wish to consult the FAQ for information about sources of alternatives.

The Qxw downloads include the source code for a couple of example plug-ins. Nick Warne has written some more, available here.

Qxw is free software

Qxw is free software. That doesn’t just mean that you don’t have to pay for it; it also means that you have the freedom to share, study and modify it. More precisely, both Linux and Windows versions of Qxw are licensed under version 2 of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation.

The program is Copyright ©2011–9 Mark Owen; parts relating to the Windows port are Copyright ©2013–9 Peter Flippant. More legal stuff.

Please let me know if you would like to be informed when new versions of Qxw are released. E-mail reports of bugs and other suggestions are welcome.

mail at quinapalus dot com

Older releases

Release 20170922

Release 20190722 has the same features as release 20190909 plus a couple of extra bugs, and so users are encouraged to switch to release 20190909.


Release 20140331

The principal features in this release compared to release 20130906 are as follows:

  • Facility to allow filler to choose which lights are affected by answer treatment
  • Arbitrary permutations of letters arising from answer treatments
  • Jumbled lights
  • Free light path import and export
  • Patterns to restrict cell contents
  • Experimental facility to read TSD format dictionaries
  • Option to include numbers in exported solution grids
  • Entry letter/digit histogram with live update
  • Colours for cell numbers and marks
  • Simple support for codewords
  • Simple templates for blocked grids
  • Various user interface improvements, including new keyboard shortcuts to simplify use on some laptops

Manual: Making crosswords with Qxw (PDF, about 1.3 Mbyte). A version of this manual is included in the Windows download.

Debian packages: qxw_20140331-1_amd64.deb (about 150 kbyte); qxw_20140331-1_i386.deb (about 130 kbyte).

Linux binaries: 64-bit x86 binary (about 150 kbyte); 32-bit x86 binary (about 150 kbyte).

Nick Warne’s SlackBuild of this release for Slackware 14.1: http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.1/games/qxw/.

Windows installer for Windows XP (Service Pack 2) or later: QxwSetup-20140331.exe (about 5.8 Mbyte). Many thanks are once again due to Peter Flippant for this port.

Source code:

Additional source code for the Windows version:

Release 20140131

Release 20140131 has the same features as release 20140331 plus a couple of extra bugs, and so users are encouraged to switch to release 20140331.


Release 20130906




Source code

This release is Copyright ©2011–3 Mark Owen; parts relating to the Windows port are Copyright ©2013 Peter Flippant. More legal stuff.

Previous releases were only available to run under Linux.

Release 20110923

Download a 32-bit x86 binary: Qxw release 20110923. Manual for this version. Source code.
qxw_20110923-1.debian.tar.gz; qxw_20110923-1.dsc; qxw_20110923-1_i386.changes; qxw_20110923-1_i386.deb; qxw_20110923.orig.tar.gz.

Release 20110826

ELF binary. Manual. Source code. 32-bit x86 Debian binary package. qxw_20110826-1.debian.tar.gz. qxw_20110826-1.dsc. qxw_20110826-1_i386.changes. qxw_20110826-1_i386.deb. qxw_20110826.orig.tar.gz.

Release 20071028

ELF binary. Source code.

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