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. Logos Bible resource catalog includes 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. (edited from Wikipedia)
Home Screen is working
Indexing can be hit or miss (See Workaround list)
Video can work with major graphics glitches (See Workaround list)
What does not
Indexing can be an issue (See workaround list)
Video (unless willing to deal with graphics glitches)
At times updating the application will delete all downloaded resources (keep an updated backup readily available)
For indexer - setting the indexer to Windows 7 allows completion.
For Video - changing the graphics from gdi to opengl allows video to play - BUT creates a nasty graphical glitch bug with black boxes covering portion of the application.
In relation to the deletion of resources upon update - I have found that downloading the updated Logos Setup executable is much more successful in keeping the downloaded resources. (Not 100%, but better than the in app update)
What was not tested
Most everything tested, not all new Features have been tested, as I've yet to upgrade to a Full Feature Set for Logos 9
Logos Bible Software Version 9.0.0.0181 is the tested version of the application.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Ubuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Nov 01 2020||5.20-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Frank Sauer|
|Show||Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Sep 29 2020||5.18||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||John Goodman|
|Show||Fedora 32, 64-bit.||Sep 28 2020||5.17-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||Loye W. Young, OP, JD|
|Show||Ubuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Aug 31 2020||5.16||Yes||Yes||Yes||Silver||John Goodman|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Aug 08 2020||5.13-staging||Yes||Yes||Yes||Garbage||Stubbs|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|47837||Logos 8 Bible Software (.Net 4.7.2 app) has graphics glitches||RESOLVED||NOTOURBUG||View|
|47905||Logos 8 Bible Software (.NET 4.7 app) fails to play media (crashes in MF/EVR)||NEW||View|
|47922||Logos 8/9 Bible Software (.NET 4.7 app) crashes when using 'Read Aloud / System Narrator' on selected passage||NEW||View|
|49767||Logos 8 Bible Software (.Net 4.7 app): All existing resources are deleted during app update||NEEDINFO||View|
|49919||Logos 8 Bible Software crashes when entering text in passage guide search field||NEW||View|
|49920||wine: could not load ntdll.so, and more||RESOLVED||NOTOURBUG||View|
|50227||Logos 8.x - 9.x Bible Software (.Net 4.7.2 app) indexer crashes||NEW||View|
**now updated for Logos 9.3 and wine 6.4 - 64bit is now regarded as stable
If you are looking to get Logos working on linux there are 2 easy choices:
1)**Recommended method - for 64bit Logos 9 use the bash install script with nice gui (this is the recommended method with the option to use an 'ideal' version of wine bundled into an appImage, 64bit seems good with this appImage):
2) wasta packages support offline installation 32bit Logos 8 see the google doc guide
Manual instructions for 32bit - Please use 64bit where possible because 32bit is deprecated by faithlife.
These instructions are here for reference for those who are participating in the painfully laborious process of testing new versions or new systems please refer to ferion11 installer instead for 64bit. 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 (6.4 devel known to work)
sudo apt-get install wine-staging winetricks winbind patch cabextract
Set up 64 or 32 bit wine bottle:
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)
drr=gdi has been buggy in winetricks due to a change in the way the reg key was changed. Newer versions of winetricks should do it correctly but if you get graphical glitches (more likely on older hardware) then you can edit the registry accordingly.
run Logos x32 download from https://downloads.logoscdn.com/LBS8/Installer/8.16.0.0002/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 $HOME/Downloads/Logos-x64.msi
WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine-logos/ wine64 $HOME/.wine-logos/drive_c/users/$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 couple of hours depending on library size and hardware)
To enable/disable Logos own verbose logging which can be useful for any troubleshooting:
On: wine64 reg add "HKCU\\\\Software\\\\Logos4\\\\Logging" /v Enabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0001 /f
Off: wine64 reg add "HKCU\\\\Software\\\\Logos4\\\\Logging" /v Enabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0000 /f