How to download Wordle before the ‘NYT’ ruins it with a paywall

Wordle, as we’re sure you’ve heard before, was devoured by The New York Times . And while the massively popular – if sometimes divisive – word logic game is still available to play in its original, untouched form for the moment, it’s only a matter of time before the standalone site is shut down in favor of its inevitable and ungodly merger with Paper of Record’s pun section. After that: the dreaded paywall, most likely.

But hope remains! In fact, thanks to an extremely helpful warning from Motherboard, Wordle fans can easily download the original source code along with its lexicon of over 2,000 answers completely free of charge. Broken down to one word a day, that’s over 7 years of pure puzzling goodness, without capitalist behemoths and classist paywalls.

Read on, beloved reader, for deliverance.

Simple as ABC — Porting the original Wordle to your computer takes just three quick steps:

  • First, go to the game’s website to save the page as an HTML file.
  • After that, save both this file and this one to your desktop, then combine the trio of downloads into a single folder and so – you are now the proud owner of a mirrored Wordle.
  • All you have to do now is click on the HTML file and guess the letters. No paywall needed!

On Mac, right-click on the Wordle page and navigate to “Save As”.

Choose “Web Page, HTML Only” from the drop-down menu and your file should download automatically.

Don’t let this power go to your head — We transmit this information in good faith, attention. It’s just about sticking with up-and-coming businesses and keeping Wordle’s fun, free spirit alive in everyone’s hearts and minds (hmm… “spirit” might be a good first guess tomorrow, come to think of it). Please don’t be like this person, who downloaded the Wordle lexicon, then created a bot that ruins the next day’s word for anyone who sees it. We trust you on this one, okay?

The legacy lives on — Even with the original Wordle title to the New York Times in the near future, the simple rules and interface combined with the availability of source code ensure that there will be many variations of Wordle to come. And not just fake clones either; take Queerdle, for example. It’s Wordle, but you know, queer. Find?

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