Are you searching for a great Macintosh puzzle-maker? The solution is right here!

Whirlwind WordSearch is a powerful and easy-to-use word search puzzle maker. It creates uniquely engaging word search puzzles from your own lists of words... in many different languages! You will be building and printing professional-looking puzzles right away.

You can choose from many built-in puzzle shapes, and the puzzles can range in size from as small as 4 letters across and down, all the way up to 50 by 50 letters.

Just change the "Difficulty to Solve" setting to create easy, difficult, or diabolical puzzles.

Whirlwind WordSearch also removes any randomly-created "naughty words" (in all supported languages), offering classroom-safe puzzles.

You can copy and paste the high-quality puzzle and answer (PDF) images into your own word processor for re-printing in books, newsletters, or classroom handouts.

Here are the big features that make Whirlwind WordSearch an outstanding puzzle-generator! Compare these features against ANY word-search software you are using now...

• Supports many languages/alphabets besides English... You can create puzzles with words in French, Spanish, Swedish, German, Russian, Japanese (hiragana and katakana), Danish, Hungarian, Romanian, Turkish, Greek, Sanskrit, Dutch, Ukrainian, Catalan, Portuguese.
• Choose from a wide variety of unique built-in shapes: Box, Circle, Heart, Diamond, Bow-tie, Pinwheel, X, UL-Wedge, LL-Wedge, UR-Wedge, LR-Wedge, Checkers, Square-hole, Donut, Right-Arrow, Left-Arrow, Up-Arrow, Down-Arrow, Plus Sign, Up-Triangle, Down-Triangle, Crescent, Cross, Onion Dome, 4-Clover, Square-Peg, Round-Hole, Mushroom, Pentagon, Hexagon, Octagon
• Create puzzles ranging in size from 4-by-4 up to 50-by-50 letters (that's a lot of words!)
• Supports Dark Mode and Full-Screen mode.
• Easily enter your word lists, even import them from your word processor or the web.
• Add an optional "secret message" into your puzzle, which will be inserted between your words as a secondary puzzle to solve.
• Add "hidden words" into your puzzle that are not in the word list or answer key (for adding copyrights or extra credit words.)
• Work without a net... You can run Whirlwind WordSearch anywhere... you never need an internet connection to create, save, and print your puzzles.
• Save your puzzle word list files, and open them again later to instantly create whole new puzzles, or share them with other Whirlwind WordSearch users.
• Tailor the display and printing options to suit a variety of audiences and needs.
• Includes a comprehensive User Guide that contains tutorials and tips and describes every option, getting you up-to-speed right away. Advanced features are explained, helping you create high-quality puzzles.
• Copy and resize the puzzles and answer keys (as PDF graphics or text) right into your own newsletters, worksheets, books, or other publications, or print them for handouts.
• A built-in spell-checker alerts you to any misspelled words in your word-list before you print.
• Create puzzles in upper or lower case, serif or sans-serif fonts.
• Whirlwind WordSearch thoroughly checks the final puzzle and removes any randomly-generated duplicates of your words.
• Simply increase the difficulty slider from "Very Easy" to "Diabolically Difficult" and the software automatically adjusts many subtle aspects of the puzzle, changing how tricky it will be to solve. This lets you quickly fine-tune your puzzles so they are appropriate for early learners or puzzle savvy adults.

What’s New

Version 3.0.0

• Big User-Interface Update! Merged the Puzzle/Answer grids into a single larger grid display, and moved the "behind-the-scenes" options out to checkboxes underneath.
• Support for "Dark Mode" display on macOS X 10.14 (Mojave).
• Still has support back to Mac OS X 10.9.
• Puzzle grid now maintains nicer 1:1 aspect ratio as you resize the window.
• Added 4 new shapes: mushroom, pentagon, hexagon, octagon.
• Added Dutch, Ukrainian, Catalan, Portuguese languages.
• Added a new even-more-difficult level, with more decoy words sprinkled in puzzle.
• Allowed main window to get a little smaller (1100x640) for smaller screen sizes.
• Detects and removes even more dirty words in each language.
• Added "# of puzzle words" to the Puzzle Stats page.
• Smarter calculations of how long it should try different puzzle configurations before giving up.
• Now when you start generating a puzzle, the progress bar and progress text displays right away, letting you know that something is happening.
• Fancier scrolling musical about-box.
• Updated user guide throughout.
• Minor clarification to some error messages.
• Added musical easter eggs (to icons in main window).
• Squashed some bugs.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

🎀Bookworms🎀 ,

A++ Great Program Highly Recommended

I was looking for a program to write word searches and decided to check the app store and was surprised to find this program. It didn’t have many reviews, but what was there was positive and it was not expensive, so I took a chance. I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

The program is very easy to use. You just enter the words that you want and it creates a word search with a list of words, and it also creates a solution. You can export that in PDF format or as text. You can adjust everything- the size of the grid, whether the words are uppercae or lower, the difficulty of the puzzle, etc. Puzzles can be anywhere from very easy with just horizontal and vertical words to the most difficult puzzles, which would have words going in all directions and diagonals, crossing each other, and having the random letters throughout the grid that are similar to the letters in the search words, making it difficult to find the real search terms.

I had to contact the developer to ask how to do something and he responded promptly, and I had overlooked part of the user guide.

Very easy. Great price. Great service. A++



I’ve been looking for a program that would let me create my own word searches for a long time and I am so happy for this one! The app works perfectly and allows for quite a bit of customization (you can even copy the word search puzzle image and the word list separatly into a word processor.)

I love the different diffulty settings which control things such as how many directions the words can go in and whether or not there are randomly generated fake-outs with partial words from your list. The different shapes the puzzles can take give them a fresh, fun look. You can even include a hidden message inside the puzzle which is fun to discover.

This app also has some of the best customer support I’ve ever seen. I had a problem with something and the developer emailed me back personally and quickly with multiple ways I could fix it and now everything is perfect. There is also an extensive user guide. The word searches look professional when printed, like something I would have copied from a book.

I would definietly recommend this app and this developer.

Stupidjerks ,


This is an amazing tool that I use frequently in my classroom and the kids love it! User friendly and quick! Customer service is spot on, professional and when I did have to contact them, they responded the same or next day! I highly recommend it!


Eduard Schwan
23.7 MB

OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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