Play the Viral Wordle Game in Linux

You might have heard of the viral game Wordle. It’s a game where you have to guess a five letter word in six attempts. The color codes help you with your guessing game.

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NY Times recently bought this popular word game but you don’t have to be that rich to play it on Linux.

There are a few open source games inspired by Wordle. Warble is one of them and it is specially developed for desktop Linux.

Warble: a Wordle clone for Linux desktop

Warble was created by Andrew Vojak on the ‘request’ of elementary OS co-founder. The game has 5,000 possible words and you can play at three difficulty levels.

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Hint is provided to help the new users get familiar with the game.

How do you play Wordle, again?

It could be overwhelming in the beginning. Let me help you with it. You should start with a random five-letter word.

If your letter is in the correct position, it is displayed in green. If the letter is in the word but its position is not correct, it is displayed in yellow. The gray color is used to highlight the letters that are not present in the word at all.

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Now, your next step should be to NOT use the letters in gray at all. The bottom screen highlights the letter to help you recall which letter should or should not be used.

Your guessing game starts now. You try to think of words with the letters that are in correct position while avoiding the gray letters entirely. Remember, you have six attempts to guess the word correctly to win the round.

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You type the words using your computer’s keyboard. When you have typed the five letters, press enter key to submit your choice to attempt the guess. While typing, if you think you want to change the letter, you can press backspace key to remove them, but this is before you hit the enter key. You cannot make a correction after you have submitted the choices for the current row.

Another thing to note is that you have to enter a real word, not any random combination of five letters. It won’t let you submit your choice if it’s not an actual word.

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You don’t have to finish a round. The game automatically saves so you can close the game anytime and if you open it again, you can pick up from where you left off.

Another good thing here is that you do not need to be online. There is also no limit on how many times you can play it in a day. The original Wordle games allow only one game play a day.

Install Warble on Linux

Warble was specifically created for elementary OS and it is available in its App Center.

For other distributions, there is a Flatpak package available. If you have Flatpak support enabled on your distro, you can use the following command to install it:

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The Flatpak downloads almost 600 MB of data to install the game. It almost made me reconsider my decision to install Warble but the gameplay was worth the 600 MB data.

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Once installed, you can start the game by search for it in the system menu.

Like the word play?

Warble is a good game to kill some time. It may also help improve the vocabulary. Somewhat like Scrabble but you don’t need other players to enjoy it.

If you want to ‘cheat’ or ‘improve your bash scripting’, FreeDOS creator Jim Hall shared how you can use Linux commands to help you solve Wordle.

A few years ago, we had another viral game called 2048. It also got ‘cloned’ into several Linux games, including a terminal version. I wonder if we’ll get a terminal version of Wordle.

Have you played both Wordle and Warble? How does Warble compare to Wordle? Do share your experience in the comment section.

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  • I followed your instructions to the letter onto my Ubuntu 20.04 system, but when I tried to launch the game I received the message unable to find system/snap/snap/Snap Store/desktop/-io snapcraft.worddle-
    As a newbie at this sort of thing, any ideas where I have gone wrong? If not, how can I remove this 600 mbs of useless data from my hard disc. This doesn’t encourage me to experiment, when simple things with full instructions don’t work!

  • Hmmm. I tried, but it gets annoying if you enter a word that I know exsists, FARRO, which is a grain I regularly have in my kitchen, and some stupid program tells you: “that’s not a word,” when the real issue is that it does not have that word in its dictionary.

      • Hardly. Warble could simply change the message to: That word is not in my vocabulary. Or, it could go a step further, and make the message: “Unfortunately, that is not the word, and it is not in my dictionary. Click here if you want to contribute it, please provide a link to the definition of that word.

  • Even better than fnafox’s suggestion, go to the wordle website, save as … (In Windows 10, I saved the page to my desktop), and you can run the game from there. You get the webpage and all the resources it needs to run right there on your computer (Oh, and it’s legal too) :). I’ll try it out from my KDE Neon GNU/Linux installation and report back.