Linux doesn’t get as much attention as Apple macOS, Microsoft Windows, or even Chromecast. However, Linux users love their operating system of choice and Christians can run a group of Linux Bible apps that will help you study God’s word. Take a look at these 5 Best Linux Bible apps that you can use today to study the Bible digitally on the lesser-known operating system of choice.
Before we go any further, I have to admit that I’m an inexperienced Linux user. So, you will need to get help with these from other sources. To install them or get them running if you face a glitch, you’ll need to find help from Linux power users. I’m not your guy. I’m recommending these Linux Bible apps based on trusted sources and not personal experience.
The Sword Project offers the books and lets you search the text, including commentaries, Lexicons, and dictionaries in addition to Bible texts.
Crosswire curates a list of Sword Project Linux Bible Apps and apps for other operating systems, like Windows or Mac.
Xiphos Bible Study Tool for Linux
Learn more about Xiphos at their website. The program, formerly called GnomeSword, has a substantial online user manual and a community of users who will also help you get the program running.
Xiphos runs on Gnome desktop. It’s based on the Sword Project, which gives users access to a large library of tools for Bible study.
You’ll enjoy a tabbed display, quick searching features, an audio reading out loud feature, a parallel mode for comparing translations, and plenty of user-created tools.
Above you’ll see a demo on installing Xiphos Linux Bible app on Gnome.
BibleTime Runs on Linux, Windows, and macOS
Next, we have one of the few Linux Bible apps that will run on Linux and the more popular Windows and macOS operating systems. Find it on Github.
With BibleTime, users will have to install the app, and then they will need to add books because the basic installer doesn’t come with any. The Settings menu shows the Bookshelf Manager where you can add books.
Like Xiphos, BibleTime uses Sword Project books. That gives you access to a large library of books to use in your study.
The Bible Desktop Linux Bible app also runs on The Sword Project engine and gives us a simple user interface to study the Bible.
There’s a Bible comparison tool in Bible Desktop that shows you the differences between translations. Pick the base translation like the ESV chosen in the screenshot above. Then choose another translation and it will show the two translations in the first and third column with differences in the center second column.
Users can choose between a window mode or a tabbed mode.
Run Bible Desktop on your Mac, Windows PC, and of course it’s also one of our favorite Linux Bible apps.
Logos Bible Software on Linux Through WINE
WINE lets users install Windows software on Linux. Getting these up and running can present a challenge, especially to novice users. However, if you can use Linux, you can likely get WINE working to run Bible software on Linux.
Dr. Kevin Purcell is pastor of High Peak Baptist Church, an author and writer at Church Tech Today (www.churchtechtoday.com). He used to write for a number of other Christian and secular technology and mobile tech sites. Now he's one of the hosts of the Theotek Podcast, which you can find by checking the menu above or over at www.facebook.com/theotekpodcast.