Logos Bible Software (Verbum)

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)

Application Details:

Version: 8
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 5.20-staging

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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What works

Almost everything

What does not

Printing requires exporting document and then printing. 

A/V streaming is better done on the web app.


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.

What was not tested

Everything other than what I needed to do.

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)Nov 01 20205.20-stagingYes Yes YesSilverFrank Sauer 
ShowUbuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Sep 29 20205.18Yes Yes YesSilverJohn Goodman 
CurrentFedora 32 x86_64Sep 28 20205.17-stagingYes Yes YesSilverLoye W. Young, OP, JD 
ShowUbuntu 20.10 "Groovy" (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 31 20205.16Yes Yes YesSilverJohn Goodman 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Aug 08 20205.13-stagingYes Yes YesGarbageStubbs 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
47837 Logos 8 Bible Software (.Net 4.7.2 app) has graphics glitches UNCONFIRMED 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
49920 wine: could not load, and more RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
50227 Logos 8.x - 9.x Bible Software (.Net 4.7.2 app) indexer crashes NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Installation Guide - updated for Logos 9 and Wine 7

Please communicate with us on telegram. Support and shared files on the Running Logos Bible Software on Linux group found at - 

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.

The app is a bit like kindle in so much as the engine is free but the resources cost so there is a free download. Unlike kindle it has many advanced research features and books link together etc. The main app is free but there are paid features, resources and subscriptions. To use the app you need a free account It uses a downloader app which doesn't work with wine. The actual msi link is (change version number for latest version).

If you are looking to get Logos working on Linux there are 2 easy choices, a legacy option and manual instructions below:

  1. Installation script for 64bit Logos 9 use the bash install script with nice gui:
    Usually it is necessary to install some dependancies with your distros package manager: e.g. sudo apt install samba (sometimes contains winbind), winbind, cabextract, libjpeg8
  2. Packages for Ubuntu are available from wasta (now updated to Logos 9) these are considered stable and can be used for offline installation. Also provides a separate wine version from system for longer term stability details here:
  3. **Legacy wasta packages support offline installation 32bit Logos 8 see the google doc guide
  4. Manually install wine and configure everything yourself
    1. Install wine 7 or newer
    2. winetricks corefonts
    3. winetricks settings fontsmooth=rgb
    4. winetricks dotnet48 (might need to run using wine 5.11
    5. winetricks settings renderer=gdi (you might need to set the reg key manually
    6. Install the Logos.msi download but don't run it.
    7. wine64 reg add "HKCU\\Software\\Wine\\AppDefaults\\LogosIndexer.exe" /v Version /t REG_SZ /d vista /f
    8. Run Logos

Manual instructions for 32bit - Please use 64bit where possible because 32bit is deprecated by faithlife.

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 (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 (or x64) the latest version number can be found from the forum at

WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine-logos/ msiexec /i $HOME/Downloads/Logos-x64.msi

run Logos
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


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

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. (on Linux section).

Meus amigos brasileiros!
Escrevi um tutorial simples de como instalar o Logos 8 usando o script do Daniel.
Instru��es dispon�veis em:

Que Deus nos aben�oe.
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:
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.