The JackAce Wordle Solver will solve your Wordle in 3 guesses GUARANTEED...or we'll promise to try harder next time!
The JackAce Wordle Solver will solve your Wordle in 3 guesses GUARANTEED...or we'll promise to try harder next time!

โฌœ โฌœ โฌœ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ
๐ŸŸฉ โฌœ ๐ŸŸจ โฌœ ๐ŸŸฉ
๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ โฌœ โฌœ ๐ŸŸฉ
๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ

If you've been seeing a bunch of green and yellow squares in your social media feed, then your friends are probably addicted to Wordle.

Wordle, the game that took the internet by storm in late 2021, has been a hit amongst gamers and gamblers alike.

Poker Players Tweeting about Wordle
Poker personalities Kevin Mathers, BJ Nemeth, Evelyn Ng, Phil Gordon, David Williams, Andy Bloch (who wrote his own solver as well), and Doug Polk have all been taking part in the Wordle phenomenon.

How to Play Wordle

Wordle is a simple game where you try to guess the word of the day. Each guess receives a ๐ŸŸฉ or ๐ŸŸจ square to indicate whether the letter is a direct hit for that position, or if it is found in a different slot.

The Inception

On one of my first attempts, I got stuck and ended up busting out a pen and some paper to iterate through all of the possibilities... While spending about 15 minutes cycling through letter combinations, the inception of this solver was born. I knew a computer could do in just a fraction of a second what took me minutes.

Plus, as a software engineer, I firmly believe that "Anything worth doing a few times is worth automating."

Introducing the JackAce Wordle Solver!

There are many like it, but this one is mine.
- Private Pyle

The JackAce Wordle Solver can be found here:

How to Use the JackAce Wordle Solver

Using the JackAce Wordle Solver involves playing Wordle as you would normally would, while you keep the solver informed of each guess's result. You will usually do this by keeping both sites open on two different browser tabs as you navigate back and forth between the Wordle site and the Solver.

There are three parts to the JackAce Wordle Solver:

The Suggestion List

Select one of the suggested words and submit it on the Wordle site.
Select one of the suggested words and submit it on the Wordle site.

This is the list of words on the right-hand side of the screen. Select one of these suggested words and submit it to Wordle.

The highest ranked words appear on top. If the suggested word is part of the Official solution list (if it is a valid solution to the Wordle), then the word's tiles will have a white border. If it is a valid word submission, but not an "Official" solution word, then the tiles' border will be light grey. These allowed words may be submitted when probing the state of certain letters.

Official words have a white border. Allowed words have a grey border.
Official solutions have a white border. Allowed words have a grey border.

Keep in mind that most Wordle clone sites don't adhere to the Official word list for possible solutions.

The tiles are also colored according to how they were previously scored. So ๐ŸŸฉ "Direct Hit" letters will be colored in green and ๐ŸŸจ "Near Miss" letters will be colored yellow.

After you've submitted your suggested word to Wordle, click on the word you've chosen to populate your current submission on the Main Board.

The Main Board

The Main Board of the Wordle Solver.
Color code your submissions by clicking on the tile so that it matches what Wordle returned.

The Main Board is where you input your guesses and report to the solver how it scored. It should mirror the diplay of guesses on the Wordle site.

If you've used one of our suggestions, you can click it in the Suggestion List to populate the Main Board. You can also manually type it in.

If you've used your own guess, you can type it in using your computer's keyboard or the on-screen keyboard.

Click each tile of the current submission to cycle the color between ๐ŸŸฉ, ๐ŸŸจ, and โฌœ. The tile should match the response you got when submitting the guess to Wordle. The JackAce Wordle Solver even helps you by pre-populating the state of the letter for you based on previous responses.

The Keyboard

The On-Screen Keyboard
The letters of the keyboard should match the status your submissions. Whiffs are black, near misses are yellow, direct hits are green, and unknown letters are grey.

This is an on-screen keyboard that also updates itself based on your hit/miss responses. Letters that are not part of your Wordle's solution are dark grey. Unused letters are light grey. Direct hits are green, and near misses are yellow.

There's also a RESET button if you want to start another Solver session. You can also press Escape to reset the board if you're on a desktop.

Word Scoring and Ranking

There are two word lists for the New York Times version of Wordle. They have a list of words that are valid final solutions to the word of the day, and they have a list of words that they accept that can be used to eliminate letters and probe for hints.

As you find matches and misses, the word lists are whittled down. Amongst the remaining words, the JackAce Wordle Solver counts the occurence of each letter and awards each word with the most common letters with the highest score. Letters are also weighted with vowels being worth more.

Why Does This Exist?

Jack, you've managed to take a fun little game and you've completely sucked the life out of it!
- you, probably

I don't really expect you to use this solver instead of playing the game on your own. Maybe you'd use it if you REALLY got stuck after 5 guesses and you wanted to keep your streak alive, but that's probably it.

Bare Chested Jeff Goldblum
"Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could,
they didnโ€™t stop to think if they should."

This solver only exists because I wanted to see how hard it would be to make it. Plus, in my mind, using a solver that I wrote is as valid as solving a Wordle manually.

I still play the game without the solver, but I really enjoy seeing whether my solver can find the right solution in 2 or 3 guesses! It's also fun to see if you can guess in fewer tries than the solver.

Back End Source Code Available

If you want to take a look at the back end code, it's currently hosted on GitHub.

It's written in Node.js and hosted on Heroku.

Front End Source Code Available, too

The UI for the solver is just part of this site, which you should already know is publicly hosted on GitHub. I may move this to its own single page app with its own host name in the near future.

Give it a Shot!

If you want to give it a spin, go for it! I find it's best to do a few lightning rounds on one of the many Wordle clone sites, like Wordle Unlimited, which allows you to do back-to-back-to-back Wordles without having to wait until midnight to try the next one.

In the future, I may iterate on the code to make it more efficient and add unit and performance tests. If you see something that would improve the solver, please open a Pull Request in GitHub!

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Bugs? Let me know!

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