Bible Desktop - Open Source and Free Java Bible Study Program

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Bible Desktop is an excellent cross-platform open-source Bible study application. Bible Desktop is a Java application, so it will run on nearly any operating system, including Windows, Linux and Mac. Bible Desktop uses the JSword project to read modules in Sword format so there is a huge range of Bibles, Commentaries, Dictionaries, Daily Devotionals and some General Books available for download. It is currently at version 1.6. Some of Bible Desktop's most notable features are:

  • Advanced search
  • Side-by-Side comparison
  • Tabbed mode
  • Sword Project module downloader

Bible Desktop is a great alternative to many of the expensive commercial Bible study programs. It has most of the same great features as well.
To download, install, and run on Linux, run the following commands:
wget http://www.crosswire.org/ftpmirror/pub/jsword/release/bibledesktop-latest-bin.tar.gz
tar -zxvf bibledesktop-latest-bin.tar.gz
chmod +x ./jsword-1.6/BibleDesktop.sh
./jsword-1.6/BibleDesktop.sh

Windows:
Download the installer here.

*** You need Java installed to run Bible Desktop. To install Java, run the following:

openSUSE: sudo zypper install java-1_6_0-openjdk

Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre

Windows: If you do not have java installed, the installer will download it automatically

 

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