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Logos Bible Software

Logos Bible Software is a digital library application designed for electronic Bible study. In addition to basic eBook functionality, it includes extensive resource linking, note-taking functionality, and linguistic analysis for study of the Bible both in translation and in its original languages. It is developed by Faithlife Corporation. As of February 2019, Logos Bible Software is in its eighth version. Logos Bible Software is compatible with more than 43,000 titles related to the Bible from 200 publishers, including Baker, Bantam, Catholic University of America Press, Eerdmans, Harvest House, Merriam Webster, Moody Press, Oxford University Press, Thomas Nelson, Tyndale House, and Zondervan. Logos also recently published its own Lexham Bible Reference series, featuring new scholarship on the original Biblical languages. (source Wikipedia)


Application Details:

Version: 8
License: Retail
URL: http://www.logos.com
Votes: 123
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.16

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Everything except see below

What does not

Videos do not play - these are streamed anyway so please use the webapp instead.

Read aloud - can use a screen reader with the webapp.
Printing - export to word, open in libreoffice then print.

Workarounds

Some people see graphical glitches, these are fixed by setting GDI=DRR.

See above

What was not tested

Didn't spend time on documents etc. However I have been in receipt of many working reports through telegram and the logos forum.

Hardware tested

Graphics:

  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
Workaround?
RatingSubmitter
CurrentUbuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 31 20205.16Yes Yes YesSilverJohn Goodman 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Aug 08 20205.13-stagingYes Yes YesGarbageStubbs 
ShowUbuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 09 20205.12Yes Yes NoSilverFrank Sauer 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 03 20205.7-stagingYes Yes YesSilverJohn Goodman 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 01 20204.0.4-stagingYes Yes YesSilverthiago s f carvalho 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
47836 Crash when opening a clippings document type in Logos Bible Software RESOLVED WORKSFORME View
47837 Intrusive graphics glitches .NET app - Logos Bible Software RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
47905 Media Foundation Crash - Logos Bible Software fails to play media NEW View
47922 Speech synthesis does not start in Logos Bible Software NEW View
49684 Logos Bible Software crashes on load RESOLVED INVALID View
49767 All resources deleted during update Logos Bible Software UNCONFIRMED View
49847 Logos Bible 8: wineserver always using 100% CPU core RESOLVED FIXED View

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HowTo / Notes

Installation Guide

If you are looking to get Logos working on linux there are 2 easy choices:

wasta packages support offline installation see the google doc guide

Bash install script with nice gui (this is the recommended method): ferion11 installer on github

Manual instructions

These instructions are here for reference for those who are participating in the painfully laborious process of testing new versions or new systems. If that is you then good luck and please communicate with us on telegram. Telegram shared files on the Running Logos Bible Software on Linux group found at - https://t.me/linux_logos  If you just want it to work please use wasta or the ferion11 script as many hours have been spent to make those as painless and easy as possible - enjoy.

Note the software requires a user and password. A basic account is free from logos.com

enable multi-arch on an amd64 system:
dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update

Download and install the winehq repository key:

wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/winehq.key
sudo apt-key add winehq.key

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list to add wine repos with: for other versions see: https://wiki.winehq.org/Download

Ubuntu (change focal according to the version you have installed)

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ focal main'

sudo apt-get update

Choose wine-staging (5.7 known to work)
sudo apt-get install wine-staging winetricks winbind cabextract

Set up 32 bit wine bottle (note people have great problems indexing with 64bit):
env WINEARCH=win32 WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine-logos sh winetricks arch=32 prefix=$HOME/ .wine-logos -q dotnet48 corefonts fontsmooth=rgb drr=gdi win7

click "Cancel" to avoid installation of Mono and Gecko neither are needed. (may take 30mins to finish even on a fast machine with ssd)

run Logos x32 or x64: download from https://downloads.logoscdn.com/LBS8/Installer/8.13.0.0008/Logos-x86.msi (or x64) the latest version number can be found from the forum at community.faithlife.com/forums
WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine-logos/ msiexec /i $HOME/Downloads/Logos-x86.msi

run Logos
WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine-logos/ wine $HOME/.wine-logos/drive_c/users/$USER/Local\ Settings/Application\ Data/Logos/Logos.exe

"Download your Logos Library" - it is recommended to choose minimal install and download the rest later.
"Downloading resources" (could take hrs)
"Preparing Library" (probs a few mins)
"Indexing" (could take a day)

If indexing fails:
Use winecfg to set windows version for LogosIndexer.exe to winxp
WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine-logos/ winecfg

Try running the indexer directly so that error messages are easier to keep and share.

WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine-logos/ wine c\:'/users/$USER/Local Settings/Application Data/Logos/System/LogosIndexer.exe'



Comments

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Logos 8 on Ubuntu 20.04. Running well - so far
by Steve on Saturday May 16th 2020, 23:14
Thanks, Daniel for all the great work preparing the script and to all others that are supporting Logos on this platform.
Only a couple more apps to migrate now, and I will be able to wean myself off Windows as my primary OS.

Tried running on Debian 10 but no joy either with synaptic or command line install. (May have been a messy install though chasing dependencies out of order).
First install on Ubuntu (18.xx) also failed to complete without errors. Again possibly messed up with various attempts graphically and at command line.
This current install was done immediately after the initial login. I had chosen full instal with all updates etc.
The experience with Ubuntu was seamless and quick considering the reasonably large Logos file I had to import, >3.5Gb
Daniel's script ran flawlessly.
Amazing! Great Effort.

God Bless,
Cheers Steve
Brazilian portuguese simple instructions
by thiago s f carvalho on Saturday May 2nd 2020, 10:45
For the brazilian folks, I wrote a simple "how to" for use the Daniel's script avaible on github.
thiagoserra.github.io/ (on Linux section).

Meus amigos brasileiros!
Escrevi um tutorial simples de como instalar o Logos 8 usando o script do Daniel.
Instruções disponíveis em:
thiagoserra.github.io/

Que Deus nos abençoe.
LogosLinuxInstaller v1.0
by Daniel Ribeiro da Silva on Saturday December 28th 2019, 2:18
Hi everybody! I have finished the version 1.0 of the script to install Logos Bible 8 32bits on any Linux 64bits (even no-multilib), and one script to uninstall to remove the installation. It uses its own mini-Linux 32bits to run wine (all in one file with less than 300MB) to make a ~/.wine32 installation and run it without system alteration on any 64bit Linux distribution. I already tested it, but I need more people to test it (You don't need to type any command line), and report issues on github. Link: github.com/ferion11/LogosLinuxInstaller/releases
RE: LogosLinuxInstaller v1.0
by Adam on Wednesday May 6th 2020, 12:32
It is working great THANK YOU!
After the wine ReOpenFile implementation, Logos on linux is a reality.
by Daniel Ribeiro da Silva on Thursday December 26th 2019, 14:55
I almost gave up to use native Logos on Linux, but now I can use it very well. After the wine ReOpenFile implementation, Logos on linux is a reality.
I only use Linux
by Jesse Steele on Wednesday December 25th 2019, 9:29
I graduated with a degree in Bible and I use Logos. But, for many reasons, I switched to Linux and haven't been able to use Logos like I need to. I either need Logos to work on all three main desktop platforms (Win, Mac, Linux) or I will have to find an alternative. For me, there isn't an option, it is Logos for Linux of bust. Because many Bible grads are multi-talented people, I know I'm not alone.
RE: I only use Linux
by John Goodman on Wednesday December 25th 2019, 17:16
The good news is Logos on linux works so well you can use it as your main Logos system. Many folks now do! N.b. it is faster I think than on mac!
64 bit indexing
by Nick Andrewes on Saturday May 2nd 2020, 10:31
It seems to me that my wine 5.7 staging 64bit no longer has a problem indexing - I had had problems before.

Well, to clarify, indexing hung a couple of times, but got there after a couple of restarts. This may or may not be normal behaviour in windows. I did not need to set to winxp for indexing.

For me, it does not prompt to update the operating system, and successfully downloaded Logos updates and installs them.

I do still get black screens, which draw correctly when I resize or move the window.
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