Executive Summary: This is a simple little program that lets you cheat at typeracer.
Will this program work for other typing test websites?
Well, the actual program itself should work for nearly everything because it simply types the characters one-by-one, just like a human would do it. However, the part where you copy the text using Firebug will likely not work for other typing test websites.
- Run this program.
- Install the excellent “Firebug” extension on your Firefox.
- Enter a race on typeracer.com.
- Hit F12 to open up the Firebug window.
- Make sure the Firebug window is open to the “HTML” tab.
- Hit Ctrl+Shift+K to type in the search box.
- Search for a phrase in the text like “farcical aquatic ceremony.” Hit Enter.
- Click on the highlighted phrase that Firebug found.
- Hit Ctrl+C to copy the text to your clipboard.
- Click in the input box on typeracer.
- Hit Ctrl+Shift+U.
- Type the first word in the text (in green and underlined).
- Hit Ctrl+V to paste the rest of the text.
- Hit Enter.
- Either get disqualified outright or asked to take a special typing test with a CAPTCHA to verify that you didn’t cheat.
Background: I created this in about five minutes (it’s four lines of code) after I was defeated by a friend. I could have created a much more elaborate program, one that does even more of the work for you, and to try to get around the CAPTCHA test with OCR, but I didn’t really see the point; I’m not so vain as to want to get my name in the list of high scores, and I wasn’t even sure if the CAPTCHA could be beaten anyway. If you want to do this, create your own damn program. This was only for a one-time prank to blow away my friend with a blistering 270 WPM score with 100% accuracy.
Proof that I was able to cheat:
As with all my programs, please contact me to report a bug or suggest a new feature. This is especially important for this program because I consider this program to be “feature-complete” and probably won’t be working on it anymore unless someone emails me with a interesting suggestion.