Watchtower Library

Loads from DVD available from the Local Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Application Details:

Version: 2015
License: Free to use
Votes: Marked as obsolete
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HowTo / Notes

How to: qu­ick guide on Watchtower Library installation
Common problems

Tooltip shadows stay after tooltips disappeared

This issue appears on some video cards with Compiz enabled. The workaround is in disabling fade animation for wine tooltips. To do this:

  1. install Compiz configuration tool. In most distributions it is in package named compizconfig-settings-manager.
  2. After you install it, run it (executable file named ccsm).
  3. Then go to Animations, open Close animations tab and double-click line that starts with Fade.
  4. Click plus sign in pop-up window,
  5. In new window select Window Class as Type, enter Wine as Value, select And as Relation and check Invert.
  6. Click Add button and you're done.

Black blocks in interface and text on Intel video cards

If you use Intel graphics and experience blacked out text and interface items in Watchtower Library, (that is, experience bug 24998), you can fix it with following steps:

  1. Run wine regedit
  2. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Wine/X11 Driver. Create it if it does not exist
  3. Create new String value (using context menu on right part of interface) named ClientSideWithRender and set its value to N
  4. Close (restart) all wine applications

Broken fonts

If you see squares instead of text in Watchtower Library on the first run, go to settings (press f2) and change font settings, choosing any font you like. If you see broken characters in interface, you may need to install MS truetype core fonts for web package. To do this

  • Install msttcorefonts package using your packaging system. If it fails:
  • Install it using winetricks (this will affect your wine installation only, fonts won't be available for non-wine applications):
    winetricks corefonts

Problems with XFCE, LXDE, Enlightment and others

XFCE and some other DE ignore path parameter for desktop and menu launchers. As result, Watchtower Library prior to 2011 does not start when you click these. The simple solution is to change "Command" parameter in launcher to

wine start wtlibrary.exe

Watchtower Library for Mac OSX 10.7.3 "Lion"

There are some initial issues with using the Watchtower Library in Mac. The first issue is

Installing WINE

Simple solution:

Or, you could follow the guide in the WINE wiki about installing Macports (MacOSX Installation). It is recommended that once you have installed MacPorts you need to configure it (How to install & configure Macports)

Do not install WINE but rather install wine-devel sudo ports install wine-devel for the latest WINE version.

You should also update X11, the default version is 2.3.2 which doesn't display all of the images in the Watchtower Library. The website XQuartz MacOS Forge contains the latest XQuartz (2.6.2). Once XQuartz has been updated you can run the Watchtower Library out-of-the-box with no issues.

To set up an application to run the Watchtower Library from the dock, go to Applications -> Utilities -> AppleScript Editor

Once in the editor copy & paste the following script:

tell application "Terminal"
    do script "/opt/local/bin/wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\\ Files/Watchtower/Watchtower\\ Library\\ 2010/E/WTLibrary.exe"
end tell

Click on run to make sure it works and then click on compile if successful and then save the script as an application filetype (Leave startup screen unchecked). Once saved as an application drag it into the dock.

Missing DLL File Errors

WINE in Mac doesn't seem to look for the DLL files in the same way it normally does. The DLL files it is referring to (Such as uresearch21u.dll) are located in the "MEPS Platform 2.3" folder in the Watc­htower directory. However WINE searches for them in the /drive_c/windows/system32 directory. Just copy and paste the contents of the "MEPS Platform 2.3" folder to the "system32" folder to resolve the issue.

Broken "Fetch from clipboard" function

If you copy multiline-text and a reference happens to be divided between two lines, the results can be a bit odd. This seems to be by design; wtlib seems to read the clipboard contents line by line. For example, if an article reads:

hechos recientes son más que los de antes" (Rev. 2:
19, 20).

Then wtlib will extract Revelation chapter 2, the entire chapter. This is due to wtlib reading just one line at a time. Now, in linux you can install xclip and run this command after having copied, say for example an entire article:

xclip -o | tr "\n" " " | xclip -selection clipboard -i

The command translates \newlines to spaces. If you do that before going Edit - Fetch from clipboard in wtlib, the correct references are extracted :D (Just Rev. 2:19, 20 in the example above).

You could even stick the command in a script and launch that from a button on your panel, or something.

I don't know how to do this in windows, but could be AutoIt would be a start...

What should I include when I submit a new test result?

Whether the install process went fine, or if not, what went wrong

Whether the program starts without any tweaks/modifications, or if not, what needs fixing/tweaking.

If the program runs, does the following work, or if not, what has to be done to fix/tweak it?

  • Search and navigation through the library
  • Tooltips (rest the mouse over a link)
  • Special characters like in Hebrew, and the */M signs in the Bible
  • Toolbar buttons just above the publications tree on the left, do they look good/ do they work?
  • Print (you obviously need to have a working printer setup in Linux first, wine will pick up CUPS printers at least. You can add cups-PDF printer if you have no physical printer)
  • Maps/graphics
  • Word list box
  • Add Favourites
  • Open Favourites
  • Settings
  • pronunciation (if you have a sound card and language version you are testing have this feature)
  • Synchronisation (if you have multiple languages installed)

did I forget something? just edit this note.

Installng Winetricks

The following link will help you to install and use winetricks to load the MS-core fonts needed by the WT Library

Uninstalling Wine (older versions)

Some older versions of wine have issues installing the JW library, need to remove it and install the latest. Do not try to upgrade/update wine, this just causes more problems.

Install latest version of Wine

The link below should help most people. If you need more help check the Wine Wiki FAQ. It is not a good idea to use Synaptic package manger or the package manager that comes with your Linux distribution. Normally they will load an older version of wine that may have problems with the WT Library


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

I'm getting horrible looking text
by lowededwookie on Wednesday February 1st 2017, 0:19
The text looks horrible in macOS Sierra and I'm not sure how to fix it.
I've installed Winetricks but maybe I've not installed the correct stuff.
Is there a list of what Winetricks are needed to be installed?
RE: I'm getting horrible looking text
by Nils-Eric Wilkman on Wednesday February 1st 2017, 13:06
I suppose that you have tried to change the font with:
Library/Properties... (F2)/Text/Font

RE: I'm getting horrible looking text
by Dave Carlson on Thursday February 2nd 2017, 0:35
You should only need to install the ms core fonts
RE: I'm getting horrible looking text
by lowededwookie on Thursday February 2nd 2017, 0:54
It's not working.
I've already done both but it seems to be an issue with XQuartz or at least something with the Windows display.
All the text looks like horrible 8 bit text
Lubuntu 16 LTS
by Daniel on Monday September 26th 2016, 8:46
Watchtower Library was working fine in 2014 edition with Lubuntu 14LTS.
However, Wtlib2015 is not working at all in Lubuntu 16 LTS.

Installation with DVD, all steps goes well, MS packages installed, looks like all is properly working, but once installed, when running the program, pops a message saying system found a problem.
Very probably is a package missing or not installed by default in Lubuntu, but really I don't know why the reason.
I will thank some help.

RE: Lubuntu 16 LTS
by Nils-Eric Wilkman on Monday September 26th 2016, 12:12
Which versin of Wine are you using? You should have a stable version of 1.8.4, or a newer development version.

RE: Lubuntu 16 LTS
by Daniel on Monday September 26th 2016, 13:26
Dear Nils-Eric,

That is the right answer.
What I did wrong is to install latests packages by mean PlayOnLinux.
However, Once installed as explained here: (, all is working smoothly in Lubuntu 16.
Thank you so much!!!!

RE: Lubuntu 16 LTS
by Dave Carlson on Thursday October 27th 2016, 11:43
Completely remove wine aND reinstall it