See here for links to the Hoot Android apps.

In order to save space older installers and updates are removed as new versions are made available and monitored. When sharing Hoot with others, please share the actual installation files or the page address, not the individual download location since older versions will be deleted. These downloads are for versions 3.x of Hoot. Files for Hoot versions 1 and 2 can be found at

Version 3 Installers

These are installers for Hoot 3.x, also referred to as Hoot Lite. The database is included.

Hoot 3.1.8 (18.8MB)
Add tooltips for Lexicon, Definition source formats.
Add Settings option to delete words from a lexicon.

Hoot 3.1.7 (18.8MB)
Now also includes Collins Scrabble Words 2015
Restore Database then copy to User folder (Backup first).

Hoot 3.1.5 (14.7MB)
12/11/18: Add option to configure database for Android use.

Hoot 3.1.3 (14.7MB)
9/2/18: Add Word Studies screen (under More in Search panel).

Hoot 3.1.2 (14.7MB)
8/28/18: Included updated help file, pattern letter range fix, copy/save Special display from context menu. Fix slide quiz, list cardbox quiz.

Hoot 3.1.0 (14.4MB)
8/12/18: Added Stretch search to find words created by adding a letter inside a word, fixed def display of hooks in slide show, fixed parallel search in query, other fixes.

Hoot Lite uses a SQLite database. It does require .NET version 4.6 or better, but it should be already installed unless you have a really old computer. Hoot Lite Installation does not affect previous Hoot Gold installations. Please send comments through the contact form.

Empty Database*

Empty Hoot Database (2MB)
Version 3 SQLite database Includes the four-word Lava lexicon which can be deleted after adding your own lexicons.

* If you want to customize the lexicons in Hoot before starting to use it, you can install the program, then download an empty database and lexicon(s) you want to use and put it in your user folder (<MyDocuments>\Hoot\). Start Hoot, select the database you downloaded, and then use Lexicon Creator to add (import) the lexicons to your database. You should always backup the database before making major changes to it in case you need to restore it.
Note: If you have previously installed Hoot (even if uninstalled), it will point to the previously selected database. You can change the database to use in Settings. To delete previously installed user settings you can delete the folders in C:\Users\<yourusername>\AppData\Local\Dana_Bell before installing again.

Lexicons (word lists)

The following lexicons (word lists) can be imported into Hoot. Most are less than 1MB. These are indexed to allow the program to operate more efficiently. Version 1 word lists include Words and are indexed for front and back hooks. Version 2 word list include Words and are indexed for hooks, inner hooks, probability, and optimum playability ratings where applicable. Either version will work in either version of the program, but only version 2 of the program (1.95 and later) will use the extra fields.

Version 3 word lists

indexed with hooks, inner hooks, probability,anagram counts, and optimum playability(WJ2-2016, NAWL)

WJ2-2016 (WGPO lexicon with 2016 update) - using OSPD4 playability.

OWL31†- Official Tournament and Club Word List (2016)

School Scrabble†- School Scrabble (2016)

NAWL18 - North American Word List (2018)

CSW15† - Collins Scrabble Words (2015)

Words With Friends™ (unofficial) - using CSW playability.

Words With Friends 2™ - includes some added words.

ODS5 (French Scrabble™)

Zingarelli (Italian Scrabble, Scarabeo)

While version 1 and 2 lexicons can be used they will not be fully configured.

† Other Lexicons

Some of the Lexicons that are not available as downloads from Hoot are the Official Tournament and Club Word List (2016 edition) (aka OWL 3.1) and the Collins Scrabble Words 2015 (CSW15). However you can create a lexicon using Hoot's Lexicon Creator, using the following downloads.

The OTCWL2016 is available as a download for NASPA members. It is a text file that can be used to create a lexicon in Hoot.

The Collins Scrabble™ Words word list can be generated from their own version of Zyzzyva and other sources. In Collins Zyzzyva 5.0.3 simply search for pattern * and save list. If you read the conditions you will see that it should only be used for private, non-commercial purposes.

The School Scrabble™ word list is also available as a download to NASPA members. The SSWL is an excerpt of OWL31. In fact, according to my analysis, it is only missing the expurgated words, and even a few of those are acceptable in School Scrabble.

Lexicons created from text files will need additional processing to enable certain features or improve performance. See the Lexicons help page.

Android Databases (NEW)

Hoot for Android. Two beta versions currently exist, the WJ2-2016, and Collins. In addition, Hoot supports access to databases stored in internal storage.

Hoot for Android users can use their desktop databases, but lexicons are extracted to a flatter format to speed processing, which takes time. The following are a few databases that can be downloaded and used in Hoot for Android without extra processing.

ODS5 (French Scrabble™) (zip)

YAWL (WordSmith) (zip)


Definitions (from Mike Wolfberg's WHAT site) included in distributions beginning with version 1.6.6.

Definitions for new words in NAWL.

Optimum Playability Ratings

OSPD4 and related lexicons

CSW and related lexicons


Included with installer and updates

Hoot Help (1.5 MB)
Note: If you are running Windows 7 or 10 and the help file displays blank pages,

  • Go to Tools > Options > Program Folder
  • Right-click on HootHelp.chm and open the file properties
  • Click in the checkbox to Unblock and try to open again.

See this link on Stack Overflow. If unable to view the help file, you can view the on-line help from About > Web Site.

Support Files

Hoot Lite requires .NET 4.6 or higher. If you do not have the .NET Framework installed on your machine, you can get it from Microsoft.

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 (Hoot Lite)

Shows the latest version on .NET installed on your computer. NETChecker requires .NET 4.0 or higher.


NuTiles, Hoot Tiles, and primary Ubuntu fonts are included with installer and updates.

Scrabble tile font (requires license)

NuTiles 1.1
Tile font available for Hoot slide shows. Revised. Space generates a space. The question mark generates a blank tile.

Hoot Tiles
Tile font available for Hoot slide shows

Ubuntu font family (2MB)
Font used for most text in Hoot. To best align hook displays use a monospaced font like Ubuntu Mono.