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
Votes: 110
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.12

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Everything except what is listed below 32bit only. 64bit doesn't succeed at indexing (don't use 64bit)

What does not


Video playback on some systems

Read Aloud


Some systems (we think intel integrated graphics only) require a graphics fix:
winetricks is really at fault here i think; it should set the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Wine\\Direct3D\renderer
instead of

Renaming the key from "DirectDrawRenderer" to "renderer" will fix graphical glitching but disable video playback.

Printing is possible with copy and paste into a libreoffice doc.

Video playback is possible through the web browser.

Read aloud may be possible using orca instead.

What was not tested

Full index of large library.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jul 09 20205.12Yes Yes NoSilverFrank Sauer 
CurrentUbuntu 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 
Showzz Do not useFeb 29 20205.3-stagingYes Yes YesSilverFrank Sauer 
ShowUbuntu 19.10 "Eoan" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 22 20195.0-rc2-stagingYes Yes YesSilverJohn Goodman 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
47277 .NET 4.x WPF applications fail to start with 'zh_CN' locale and WinVer set to 'Windows 7' or later, endlessly spamming 'parse_url failed to parse L".resources"' NEW View
47836 Crash when opening a clippings document type in Logos Bible Software UNCONFIRMED 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
49125 Logos Bible Software Indexing fails 64bit only 32bit works UNCONFIRMED View
49684 Critical Crash Logos Bible Software Unusable (Regression) UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Installation Guide

If you are looking to get Logos working on linux your very best choice is the wasta packages see the google doc linked above. 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 -  If you just want it to work please use wasta many hours have been spent to make that as painless and easy as possible - enjoy.

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

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

Download and install the winehq repository key:

wget -nc
sudo apt-key add winehq.key

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list to add wine repos with: for other versions see:

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

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb 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 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 (or x64)
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'


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